Multiple chemical sensitivity

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What is multiple chemical sensitivity?

Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is a disorder that seems to be triggered by exposure to low levels of multiple identifiable or unidentifiable chemical substances commonly present in the environment.

Common symptoms reported by people with multiple chemical sensitivity

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with multiple chemical sensitivity

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with multiple chemical sensitivity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with multiple chemical sensitivity

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision vertigo
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
couchlock
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tingling
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood excessive thirst (polydipsia) 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for multiple chemical sensitivity (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pale stools reduced mood during initial detox
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with multiple chemical sensitivity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has multiple chemical sensitivity on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 10
30s 36
40s 76
50s 67
60s 62
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 34
20-29 years 26
30-39 years 37
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 107
Not Diagnosed 65

These charts show data from multiple chemical sensitivity patients who have completed their condition history
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