I'm so glad I came across your post. I feel your pain. I've been dealing with this PATM for a while. Looking back, it started 6 yrs ago. Back then, I wasn't even aware that I had a condition. I just thought that certain scented products didn't agree with me. Through the years, more and more products began causing allergic reactions in me and in others, including products I've used many times before with no problem. It has gotten to the point where I can't really wear scented anything. I use Almay Hypoallerginc fragrance free deodorant, Aveeno fragrance free lotion (the store brands work just as good). I have to be careful about what detergents I use (Gain I stay away from) and how much I use. The same with bodywashes. Hair products, I have no control over. I go to a hair salon and the products my stylist uses have such an overwhelming scent. Scents on me are not only strong, they linger. I wonder if she notices that her other clients don't seem to have the same problem.
I'm also Black, female, overweight, and in my late 30's (37). That much we have in common, but I would like to know more. Would you mind sharing some of your experiences with me? Had you had any dental work done prior to developing this condition? Did you have severe upper abdominal pain accompanied by vomitting, diarrhea, and sweating around the time that it started? Did you lose a lot of weight and regain it?
If you read this post, please respond to it. I could use someone to confide in. I can't really talk to anyone else. When I dare bring up PATM, they look at me as if I'm crazy. Maybe I am a little bit. Dealing with this issue is killing my self-confidence and is turning me into a recluse.View Thread
I'm new to this forum and I just came across your post. I was wondering if things have gotten any better for you. I've been experiencing the exact same problem. I try to avoid using any scented anything. I try to be careful about what soaps or laundry detergents I use and how much of it I use. No perfume for me. If I apply one drop of it, I smell like I doused myself with the whole bottle.
Yes, I noticed that I do attract dust. It floats in the air around me and seems to spew out of my hair and clothing. This dust can be seen in bright sunlight and seems to coat everything I own. I see these dust particles in the air in my house no matter how thorough I clean.
I haven't come up with a solution to the PATM problem, but I think I may have an answer for the dust problem. I live in a dry environment, very little humidity. I also own a lot of electronics and have wall to wall carpeting. This creates static electricity which does attract dust. The solution? Buy a humidifier. It puts moisture in the air and gets rid of static electricity. I bought one for my house and notice a lot less dust in the air, flying out of my hair and clothes and settling on my furniture.
I was thinking about buying a very small humidifier for my desk at work, one of those cute ones in the shape of an animal or teardrop or something. However, I don't know if something like that would be permitted. And besides, I work in a cubicle. Not much privacy. I don't want to draw any more attention to myself than I already do. Just trying to keep PATM under control is hard enough.View Thread