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5 Common Misconceptions About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Saturday 6 April 2019


From The Mighty:


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5 Common Misconceptions About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

By Deborah Seely
April 5, 2019
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Like any medical condition, there are misconceptions about what multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is and how it affects the thousands of us who are sensitive to the world around us.

MCS is a syndrome in which individuals report experiencing symptoms in response to low-level chemical or pollutant exposure. Individuals with MCS commonly report symptoms including fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, depressed mood, dizziness, weakness, headaches, heat intolerance and arthralgia.

Here are the top few misconceptions I have experienced:

1. MCS is not “all in my head.”

Currently, there is no official diagnosis of MCS. Most doctors are taught it is a somatoform disorder, meaning our symptoms are the result of mental illness. The few doctors and researchers who support us know these are real physical reactions to substances, most often chemicals, that we are exposed to. There is little research and no unanimous treatment plan, only avoidance. So, most of us live our lives disconnected from the rest of the world for our own safety.


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