Amanda (renaissancekat) wrote in mcs,

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Here's the deal--I've been suffering from MCS for a couple of years now. I've always been overly sensitive to smells, but things stepped up a notch in recent years. I have also been a smoker since my early 20s and have successfully quit several times, only to start back up again. I quit again for New Year's and now, two weeks later, my MCS symptoms are flaring up again. This is what led me back to smoking those other times. The doctors all think it's weird but I can conclusively tell you that smoking dulls my sense of smell and, therefore, lessens my symptoms.

So I'm faced with a dilemma. I'm getting these awful headaches again at work due to obnoxious perfume and cologne wearers. There is nothing to be done about them--I've exhausted all options at work, and quite frankly they just don't give a shit--and the headaches get worse daily. So of course my first thought it to start smoking again. Yes, I am all too aware of how horrible smoking is for you... but I don't know what else to do!

I guess I'm not really looking for advice or sympathy, I just needed somewhere to vent. This is very frustrating. I do something good for my health, yet ultimately I feel worse, not better.

cross-posted in fragrancefree
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