Heavy metal toxicity

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What is heavy metal toxicity?

Exposure to metals may occur through the diet, from medications, from the environment, or in the course of work or play. The impact of heavy metal exposure varies according to the metal in question, the total dose absorbed, and whether the exposure was acute or chronic.

Common symptoms reported by people with heavy metal toxicity

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 heavy metal toxicity

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

(Chlorella Yaeyama)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
6
Tried for
heavy metal toxicity (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
heavy metal toxicity (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(High Potency Vitamin B Complex)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with heavy metal toxicity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with heavy metal toxicity

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

(Chlorella Yaeyama)
Perceived effectiveness
for heavy metal toxicity (4 evaluations)
Side effects
body odor sinus infection
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
heavy metal toxicity (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
yeast die-off (Herxheimer reaction)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for heavy metal toxicity (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bone pain decreased appetite 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
heavy metal toxicity (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
low testosterone nightmares 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Methyl B-12 Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(High Potency Vitamin B Complex)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
blackouts
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood nausea and vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with heavy metal toxicity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has heavy metal toxicity on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 3
30s 13
40s 11
50s 20
60s 29
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 35
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from heavy metal toxicity patients who have completed their condition history
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