To be diagnosed with CIRS/Mould Illness you need to have a multi-systemic, multi-symptom illness with seven or more symptoms. These symptoms can include:
Cognition / Psychological Related
Bright light is very discomforting and may be overwhelming.
Intolerant and quick to anger, depressed and weepy, joyful and loving, all in the same day or from one day to the next.
Losing your bearings that may vary from not being able to remember how to make the daily commute home to being unsure where you are within a shopping center. Forgetting which way to turn at the end of the drive to get to a frequented destination.
Frequently find yourself looking for relatively common words mid-sentence and often having to rephrase the sentence because you’re unable to recall the missing word. Generally worse when tired or stressed.
Can’t remember more than one or two items in a list without making a serious effort. It may get so bad that within minutes you forget you were even trying to remember something. Forget mid-sentence what you were about to say. Forgetting why you got up and went into another part of the house by the time you get there. Make a lot of lists.
Unable to stay focused. More easily distracted and lose track of what was being worked on more easily. May bounce from one task to the next without any direction. Mindlessly visit the same websites or click through Facebook and YouTube pages.
Unable to think as quickly or with the usual level of clarity. May have difficulty following in-depth conversations or juggling as many variables or thoughts.
Often have to re-read and read again to retain just a fraction of what would normally be retained.
Can last for days of varying intensity but may be severe.
Unable to focus to the same level of sharpness or unable to see fine details that may vary from day to day. May include worse depth perception resulting in misstepping onto a curb.
Some days are worse than others but pain is bad enough that you limit activity or can’t sleep. May frequently take anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium.
Waking up with stiffness in small and large joints that takes more than 15 minutes of movement to work out the kinks.
Some days are better than others, but it’s hurting all over for no apparent reason.
Tend to get muscle spasms without exertion and may occur even during sleep.
Ice pick pain
Brief, intense, sharp, stabbing pain that last for a few seconds occurs several or more times on a daily basis. The frequency and intensity may vary.
Hungry one day followed by disinterest in food or nausea the next.
Watery or looser stools that may last for days or longer at a time.
Chronic nagging abdominal pain that varies in intensity. Can vary from pain over the entire abdomen to a persistent knot at the solar plexus to a dull ache over the kidneys.
Do not recovery after a night’s sleep. Crash for days after doing what is normal for others before gathering enough energy to make another push to get work done.
Physical muscle weakness. Can’t remove twist-off lids, or lift that heavy bag of groceries.
Shortness of Breath
Even minor exertion leads to shortness of breath – carrying light objects, climbing stairs.
Constantly getting static shocks. Have developed strategies like always closing the car door with your sleeve protected arm to prevent getting shocked. May also include causing reception to drop out when walking by a radio.
Persistent watery eyes as if welling up to cry with tears that may be thicker. May wake up with eyes crusted over.
Prickly, tingling feelings often on the head but can be anywhere.
Frequently having to add or remove clothing to keep from sweating or getting chilled. For examples, starting out with heavy bedding at bedtime that is removed later in the evening or being unable to step outside even briefly in the cold without experiencing deep chills.
Unusual Skin Sensations
Feelings of itching, burning, and skin crawling without any visible rash or skin abnormality.
Sweating at any time of the day without exertion and frequently includes night sweats during sleep.
Tastes like there is a copper cent or silver twenty cent in your mouth.
Drinking even as little as a cup of water results in a restroom stop shortly after.
Can’t drink enough to ever feel quenched even after drinking a lot. Often feel parched and may take a water bottle everywhere.
Commonly affecting the hands, feet, and face but may be anywhere.
Experience motion (usually spinning) when there is none. For example, feeling as if the car is moving when stopped at a red light.
Persistent, intermittent cough for no apparent reason.
Eyes that appear irritated for no apparent reason.
Thick post-nasal drip, sinusitis, or feeling stuffed up that reoccurs shortly after varying treatments.