I have multiple chemical and food intolerance, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I've been on the low chemical diet for many, many years (I am 63) – it makes a huge difference to my fibromyalgia and also to CFS brain fog.
 
My diet is extremely limited but I can live with that - what is making my life ever more restricted is the fragrance/fumes problem. Even wearing a mask or scarf over my face I get ill on buses, in shops, at the movies etc. and I nearly always get ill when friends visit cos even if they’ve tried to be good, their clothes usually stink of fragrance from the detergents they use.
 
My oven died at xmas but there’s no way I’ll survive a new one, and the 2nd hand one I bought turned out to be faulty. When our sound system was stolen we bought a replacement which my husband kept turned on night and day in his office (as it needed to be warm for the components to outgas) and even after a year I couldn’t go near it.  I can no longer use any form of heating, but tolerate (with reduced function ie worsened fatigue, brain fog etc) a slow combustion stove which the manufacturer agreed not to paint, but which we need to burn each year for about 4 days with the house open and me locked away down the far end of the house before I can go anywhere near it. 
 
ONE YEAR LATER:

Last year you suggested I try a Wein air purifier, so I bought one and have been using it ever since. It makes a big difference, although if something smells very strong I have to hold the ioniser close to my nose or I still get sick. I don’t find it helpful when I’m outdoors among people or if a diesel car goes past, but my trusty scarf (making me look like a bandit) helps reduce my reaction in those situations.
 
I’m about to buy another air purifier so I can have one permanently in my bag. I’ll keep the other one in the house for when visitors come or if a neighbour starts up a chainsaw or leaf blower when all our windows are open. (Most of the time it’s fine only having one, but there’s been occasions when I’ve used it at home and forgotten to put it back in my bag, then gone out somewhere and needed it).
 
It’s really nice going to a play or travelling on a bus and not having to wear a scarf around my face – the purifier is so much less conspicuous!
 
Last year I was in the emergency department overnight for 8 hours, marooned on a bed while they investigated whether my temporary loss of vision was a mini stroke (it wasn’t) and there were smells coming at me thick and fast. The Wein helped me get through it – I do still get a bit sick when exposed continuously like that but it’s nowhere near as bad as it would be without the air purifier. Without it I would have had a bad headache, possibly a migraine, asthma, exhaustion, muscle weakness, pain throughout my body, gritty eyes, brain fog, and the following day would have been a write-off.
 
 The loss of vision turned out to be a different type of migraine to the ones I usually get. I’ve had regular migraines with aura for over 20 years – I usually get 3 or 4 a year. One of my triggers is chemical smells. I’ve only had one migraine since last November and I’m wondering if it could be because my body is less overloaded by scented triggers because I use the purifier so much.
 
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you. It’s been a brilliant addition to my life - Lesley

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