How can I find out if mold is causing her migraines?
May 28, 2008 10:51 AM Subscribe
My fiance has been experiencing rather severe migraines for close to a year now. Since they began she's been to many
different doctors, specialists, chiropractors, etc. all of whom have failed to provide an answer. Its only now that I'm seeing a correlation between her migraines/headaches and our move into the first floor of an old house within the same timeframe. Could this be mold or another allergen? Help me figure this out and (possibly) get out of here before our wedding.
posted by joshwebb to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A little background—in August of last year we moved into this first-floor old-house apartment in a hurry. Its been somewhat of a disaster but we've managed through it. After we moved in my fiance began experiencing more and more frequent headaches and which led to migraines—every day. She has seen several different doctors, a headache specialist, a neurologist and most recently a chiropractor over the course of the past year, none of whom could provide a solution or an explanation. She's been taking increasingly high doses of various medication, but neither of us have noticed a significant difference.
Recently our relatives and I have been considering the possibility of some sort of allergen or irritant in the house that could be causing the problem. The timeframes match up, the house in pretty bad shape (the basement is particularly disgusting) and things seem to settle down if we're away from the place for an extended period. I don't believe that this has ever been brought up to or asked about by a doctor.
Is it possible that mold could be causing this (or some other factor related to the place?) We're 2 months away from our lease being up, but only 1 month away from our wedding. I'd like to end these migraines so she's not suffering on our wedding day.
I'm willing to just pack up and move today if it would mean that she'd get better. However, she's not happy with the idea of paying rent for two apartments concurrently—which leads to the second part of my question. If something in this place is causing these, how can we prove it and convince the landlord to let us out of our lease?
Keep in mind that this particular landlord, when confronted by the contents of all tenants toilets being dumped into the basement (yes, the smell was unbearable) said that it wasn't remotely a health risk.
I called today to see if they had ever had the place checked for mold and was told that they "didn't think so."
Oh, and we're in Naperville, IL if that means anything to anyone.