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Jun 30, 2016 12:54 PM

Hi all. As some of you know I'm fighting with pretty much everyone right now about how the chemicals from the airport triggered multiple chemical sensitivity.
My list of intolerances is steadily growing and the ones I know about are getting worse.
How do I prove my condition? Workers compensation has stated that their expert on chemical sensitivities says that I might feel uncomfortable but it is in no way disabling.
All I have is what I say happens. People that have witnessed my reactions think I'm faking it and making things up to get out of work. They can't see the dizzyness unless I fall, which hurts a lot so I try really hard not to do it. They can't see the headaches and the lack of focus and brain power in their opinion is just me being stupid or purposely screwing up to get out of work. How am I supposed to prove to workers comp that no where is safe for me? How am I going to get accommodations at work if workers comp is refusing to do anything? My doctor is hesitant to officially diagnose me, which isn't helping, because I already have fibromyalgia on my chart and 2 diagnosis that most doctors don't believe exist will make sure that no specialist will take me seriously.
I had an all day meeting at work yesterday and I wore my mask properly the whole time and I still reacted to the crap people wear. I have a headache from hell today that makes me want to remove my head from my body.
The decision has been made and I have once chance to appeal it. How do I get them to see that it's real and hold the airport and my employer accountable for what happened?

Jun 30, 2016 2:11 PM

I think you will get further with your situation if you see a doctor that specializes in Allergies. just a thought

Jun 30, 2016 2:40 PM

I understand what you are going thru, I had to quit my job (Retail) due to constant chemical sensitivities. Now I work in an office, and most are aware of how chemicals can affect certain individuals. In the 3 years I have been here, I have only had to ask 2 individuals to go easy on the cologne.

Do you live and work in the US?

There are two different types of disability in the US- complete disability, where you are not able to hold any job (which is what takes all the paperwork and government investigation to get a disability check). The other form of disability is a general disability, which is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA)

To be covered under the ADA, you just simply have to inform your work you are disabled, and what accommodations you need to preform your job within reason. Employers do have the option to request some general documentation from your medical provider about what his/her recommendations are, and how they will improve your condition and or work performance.

I have Fibro, PCOS, Migraines, and chemical sensitivities, and had to request accommodations this way from my work. They did request some paperwork from my doctor, but she has been more than willing to fill out the simple paperwork requested from my work.

Although depending on where you work in the airport it may be impossible for them to eliminate all types of chemicals/perfumes/etc… especially if you have lots of contacts with travelers. If that is the case I would be looking for different work. Your health is more important.

Jun 30, 2016 8:51 PM

I have similar I think...they call it reactive airway disease. I had a boss who would always say I was drama and faking it after I asked her to please not spray her perfume in the office because it set me off and would also give me a migraine. Just made her do it all the more. If there were no strong smells I was fine. So I am wondering if that is there stance. Thierry job really is to disprove you, I am learning from my retirement disability, so they don't have to pay out.

From my experience...Go to an allergist, an asthma specialist and your doctor. You are basically going to have them say you can't work because of it.

Jun 30, 2016 9:49 PM

Speaking from personal experience, I have severe chemical sensitivity and it seems to me that when you call it by a different name ppl are more likely to listen. But if you are in the US, call Michael walkup and get a lawyer for your disability benefits. That was the only way i was able to get mine.

There is also a website called jan (job accommodation network) that will help you with what are reasonable accommodation for work until you can get your disability.

It is a disabling condition and one of the reasons their "specialists" say it isn't is so they don't have to pay out.

Michael Walkup actually has MCS and is an excellent lawyer. Worth every penny of my 25% of my backpay. Give him a call, or find him online and fill out the forms for him to help you.

Best of luck to you. MCS is a most difficult disease and wheb worse when people naysay its very existence. But know that you are not alone. (and as to wearing your mask, that will help with your lungs but since your skin is the largest organ, it will take in all those chemicals and that causes problems.)

please let us know how it goes. Sending you positive energy and hope to get through this process.

Jun 30, 2016 10:01 PM

If you are in the US you might want a consult with a personal injury lawyer. They know all the legal ease and you can get a judge that will order what you need. Not hat I'm suggesting you sue anyone. Just see what a free consult turns up. That's my take on it. Good luck! 😎

Jun 30, 2016 11:32 PM

In Canada not the states. And still waiting on referrals that were supposedly sent out in April. I have yet to find a specialist that will take a patient not sent by a gp.

Jul 01, 2016 3:21 PM

Ask your doc to refer you to all allergy specialist. That's who I'm under and he doesn't play. Hugs!! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jul 03, 2016 3:16 AM

25% payment from your back pay? They are only allowed the maximum 6,000.00 dollars...well,in Texas anyway.

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