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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(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)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1

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)

(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 stool 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)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
  • 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 11
30s 36
40s 87
50s 72
60s 69
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 35
20-29 years 28
30-39 years 38
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 31
Female 259

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 115
Not Diagnosed 68

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