Mold exposure can contribute to a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms. If you have enough symptoms related to mold exposure, you may be diagnosed with chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).
Typical symptoms of CIRS include: unexplained fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, joint pains, headaches, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), rashes, chronic infections, food intolerances, frequent urination, static electric shocks, temperature fluctuations, insomnia, dizziness, memory problems, light sensitivity, asthma-like symptoms (cough and shortness of breath), abdominal pains, nausea, diarrhea, and other chronic unexplained symptoms.
CIRS is actually fairly common, but very much under-diagnosed. Many people with CIRS are mistakenly diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, depression, and a slew of other diseases. About 24% of the general population have a genetic predisposition to CIRS. Additionally, studies show that approximately 40% of buildings have problems with indoor air quality. Simple math tells us that if you have the gene for mold sensitivity (about one out of four chance) and you enter 2-3 buildings, then you are at significant risk for developing CIRS.
In conclusion, if you are suffering from various seemingly unrelated symptoms, there is a very good chance that CIRS (mold-related illness) is the underlying, unrecognized cause.