UK businessman suffers with multiple illness conditions after lifetime of flights

“Summary of Flights and Medical Information – Various flights within Europe are not listed. Flight details recorded using expenses claims, Flying Club statements and passport stamps. I have only ever taken flights for business never for pleasure.· Symptoms listed were recorded contemporaneously by my wife, not with hindsight.·Details of flights given in case cause of my CFS proves to be due to OP poisoning during flights – “Aerotoxic Syndrome” rather than viral.   
SEP 1982         USA LAX       
FEB 1985         USA SFO        
APR 1987        USA NY         
JULY 1987       USA SFO        
June 1989        Started work for a semiconductor company in [LOCATION] as Sales and Marketing Manager    
JUNE 1991      Caught Glandular Fever and had 2-3 months off work but seemed to make a full recovery with no post-viral fatigue.       
Oct 1992         USA SFO                    
JAN 1993        USA BOSTON                       
MAR 1993       USA NEVADA                       
June 1993        USA NEW YORK                 
OCT 1993       USA BOSTON                       
Nov 1993        USA                
NOV 1994      USA BOSTON                       
JAN 1995        USA BOSTON                       
JULY 1995       MOSCOW                 
AUG 1995       HONGKONG                      
OCT 1995       USA Boston               
JAN 1996        USA NEW YORK                 
JUNE 1996      USA  Houston + LOTS OF INTERNAL FLIGHTS + EMERGENCY LANDING                
JULY 1996       USA SFO                    
SEPT 1996       USA NY and SFO + LOTS OF INTERNAL FLIGHTS           SUFFERED FROM FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS ON ARRIVAL  
OCT 1996 or 1997 or 1998?          ILL WITH PINS & NEEDLES IN FINGERS, BODY PAIN AND FATIGUE. DIAGNOSIS WAS DEPRESSION; PRESCRIBED PROZAC AND REST. I queried this with GP at the time as the pins and needles didn’t seem to fit in with a diagnosis of depression but GP wouldn’t listen.  BACK AT WORK AFTER 4 WEEKS AND SYMPTOMS LASTED ANOTHER 2 MONTHS.              
FEB 1997         USA+ LOTS OF INTERNAL FLIGHTS                    
AUG 1997       USA BOSTON/LA + INTERNAL FLIGHTS             
SEP 1997         USA BOSTON/LA + INTERNAL FLIGHTS             
OCT 1997       USA BOSTON/LA + INTERNAL FLIGHTS             
NOV 1997      USA BOSTON/LA +  INTERNAL FLIGHTS            
DEC 1997       USA BOSTON/LA +  INTERNAL FLIGHTS            
MAR 1998       USA                
Jul 1998           USA SFO                    
SEP 1998         USA SFO                    
NOV1998       USA SFO                    
JAN 1999        USA                
MARCH 1999 USA Florida               
APR 1999        USA BOSTON                       
JUNE 1999      PARIS  BA flight from Bristol. WAS ILL WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS FOR MUCH OF THE STAY (5 DAYS). Wife and son were with me and visited Disneyland.      
JUNE 1999      USA                
                        Moved house. New GP.        
AUG 1999       USA                
SEPT 1999       USA SFO                    
MAR 2000       USA SFO                    
MAY 2000       USA SFO                    
JULY 2000       USA SFO                    
AUG 2000       USA                
SEPT 2000       USA SFO                    
OCT 2000       USA SFO                    
DEC 2000       USA LAX                   
JAN 2001        USA SFO                    
APR 2001        USA SFO                    
JUNE 2001      USA SFO                    
JUL 2001         USA BOSTON, WASHINGTON                 
SEPT 2001       USA SFO         Stuck in US due to 9/11 attacks and no flights home.           
OCT 2001       USA SFO                    
30 Nov 2001   Made Commercial Director at same company in [LOCATION].     2
FEB 2002         MADRID                    
FEB 2002         BORDEAUX              
FEB 2002         USA SFO                    
APR 2002        USA NEW YORK, LAX * INTERNAL FLIGHTS                 
JUNE 2002      USA SFO                    
JUNE 2002      PARIS             
JUL 2002         EDINBURGH            
AUG 2002       BORDEAUX              
AUG 2002       GERMANY                
AUG 2002       LITHUANIA              
SEP 2002         USA SFO                    
NOV 2002      MUNICH                   
NOV 2002      USA                
29 MAR 2003  EUROPE                     
            EUROPE                     
            EUROPE                     
10 MAY 2003  PARIS             
 MAY 2003      USA, SFO                   
21 JUNE 2003 PARIS             
20 JUNE 2003 BORDEAUX              
5 JULY 2003    NANTES                    
 AUG 2003      USA LAX, SFO + INTERNAL FLIGHTS                   
27 SEP 2003    BORDEAUX              
SEPT 2003       USA SFO                    
OCT 2003       USA NEW YORK                 
13 DEC 2003  EUROPE                     
            EUROPE                     
MAR 2004       USA SFO                    
APRIL 2004     SAW GP AS SYMPTOMS I was experiencing still persist ie  EXHAUSTED, ALL OVER BODY PAIN, UNABLE TO THINK PROPERLY OR CONCENTRATE. DIFFICULTY GETTING THROUGH THE WORKING DAY. OFTEN WENT STRAIGHT TO BED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS AFTER ARRIVING HOME AT 5.30PM. WEEKENDS WERE NOT MUCH BETTER. GP SUGGESTED I TRY CLIFF WALKS ETC !!, CODEINE FOR PAIN AND COME BACK IF NO BETTER.            3
10 JUL 2004    EUROPE                     
17 JUL 2004    GERMANY                
 JULY 2004      WENT BACK TO GP. REFERRED TO RHEUMATOLOGY Dept at [NAME OF HOSPITAL] FOR POSSIBLE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSIS. NEEDING CHAUFFEUR TO DRIVE ME TO APPOINTMENTS AND HAVING OVERNIGHT STAYS TO REDUCE DISCOMFORT. NEEDING TO FLY BUSINESS CLASSTAKING MORE DAYS OFF WORK DUE TO PAIN, TIREDNESS AND OFTEN FOUND ASLEEP IN MY CHAIR IN THE OFFICE AT LUNCHTIME. DIFFICULTY THINKING PROPERLY TO MAKE DECISIONS. NOT GOOD FOR SOMEONE EMPLOYED AS COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.         4
 AUG 2004      USA SFO LAX            Was intending cancelling this trip because I felt so ill but about 7 days before I was due to go, I started feeling better and had a wonderful trip.     
SEP 2004         USA LAX                   
 OCT 2004      USA  SFO        NOTICED THAT EVEN 1 GLASS OF WEAK BEER MADE ME FEEL VERY UNWELL       
Nov 2004        MUNICH        USED CHAUFEUR TO DRIVE ME TO HEATHROW AS COULD NOT CONTEMPLATE DRIVING 250 MLS. LEFT CONFERENCE AT 4PM TO REST BEFORE MEETING CUSTOMERS IN EVENING.CUSTOMERS NOTICED THAT I WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY HOLDING KNIFE & FORK DUE TO PAIN AND TREMORS.  
NOV/Dec 2004          SAW Consultant RHEUMATOLOGist IN [NAME OF HOSPITAL]. DUBIOUS OF ANY SEVERE ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSIS. REQUESTED VIRAL BLOOD TESTS, STANDARD ARTHRITIS BLOOD TESTS AND A GAMMA BONE SCAN.   NOTHING ABNORMAL DETECTED  SUGGESTED CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AS LIKELY DIAGNOSIS.        
DEC 2004       USA LAX, PHX, SFO  Could not stand to remove shoes at security.  Senior colleague on trip with me commented that my driving was erratic and reactions slow.  Difficulty carrying briefcase as pain in hands has got worse.    Paid for an upgrade to first class so I could have a bed and arranged assistance at Heathrow     
JAN 2005        WRISTS/FINGERS STILL VERY PAINFUL AND UPPER BACK. STILL FEELING VERY UNWELL-FLU-LIKE.  FATIGUE & MALAISE FOLLOWING PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ACTIVITY, WITH FULL EXTENT OF EXHAUSTION ONLY APPARENT 24/48 HRS LATER. WIDESPREAD MUSCLE PAIN & MORNING STIFFNESS.DIFFICULTY IN GETTING OFF TO SLEEP, WAKING DURING NIGHT & NOT BEING REFRESHED AFTER SLEEPPROBLEMS WITH SHORT-TERM MEMORY, CONCENTRATION AND MAINTAINING ATTENTION, CLUMSINESS, UNSTEADINESS.OFTEN FEEL COLD & SHIVERY.ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE           
JAN 2005        USA  SFO FOR 4 DAYS                    
FEB 2005         MY WIFE PHONED ME A WORK AND REALISED I WAS VERY ILL AND CAME TO WORK TO COLLECT ME. CHEST PAINS PLUS USUAL SYMPTOMS. INFORMED OTHER DIRECTORS THAT I WAS EXHAUSTED. THEY AGREED TO ME WORKING PART-TIME FROM HOME FOR A WHILE TO SEE IF THAT HELPS.           
 
9 APR 2005     ITALY            
MAY 2005       NOT FEELING ANY BETTER, ESPECIALLY COGNITIVE PROBLEMS SO STOPPED WORK FULLY BEFORE I MAKE A SERIOUS COSTLY ERROR. OFFICIALLY ON STATUTORY SICK PAY.     
5 AUG 2005    SAW Consultant in RESPIRATORY MEDICINE AT [NAME OF HOSPITAL] WHO HAS INTEREST IN CHRONIC AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH. REVIEWED ALL PREVIOUS TESTS AND TOOK MEDICAL HISTORY. His report says: Symptoms support diagnosis of CFS, No neurological abnormality, No signs of depression, May make a slow recovery but not to rely on this,  Try and maintain optimistic attitude and rehabilitate myself mentally and physically.          
9 NOV 2005   PRIVATE APPOINTMENT WITH  CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST AT [NAME OF HOSPITAL] ARRANGED BY INSURANCE COMPANY. CONFIRMED DIAGNOSIS OF CFS WITH A RELAPSE/ REMISSION PATTERN.  SUGGESTED THAT LONG-HAUL FLYING MAY HAVE HELPED TO MAINTAIN SYMPTOMS DUE TO TIME ZONES.  PROBABLE CAUSE LIKELY TO BE VIRAL. FELT A FULL RECOVERY WITHIN 2 YEARS UNLIKELY     
APRIL 2007     FEEL AS IF MY BRAIN IS REWIRING ITSELF AS I AM WORKING THROUGH MENDING TEST EQUIPMENT TO KEEP MY MIND ACTIVE.  PINS & NEEDLES IN FINGERS NO LONGER A PROBLEM BUT STILL HAVE BALANCE AND CO-ORDINATION PROBLEMS WHEN TIRED.  EXHAUSTION AFTER PHYICAL EFFORT OR MENTAL EFFORT. HEADACHES IF USED BRAIN TOO MUCH.  
JUNE 2007      SAW ARTICLE ON ORGANOPHOSPHATE POISONING AND WONDERED IF THIS MIGHT BE THE CAUSE OF MY CFS RATHER THAN THE VIRAL ROUTE. SAW GP WHO HAS REFERRED ME TO A NEUROLOGIST FOR ASSESSMENT. FRIEND VISITED FOR COUPLE OF DAYS. SAID THAT HE COULD NOT DETECT COGNITIVE PROBLEMS DURING ½ HR PHONE CALLS BUT OBSERVING ME LONGER MADE HIM REALISE THERE WERE COGNITIVE PROBLEMS. 
28 AUG 2007  Appointment with [NAME OF DOCTOR], Consultant Neurologist who concluded that my symptoms fulfil the CFS criteria. He sent letter to my GP on 6 September and arranged an MRI Brain Scan for 25 October.I had hoped that he would  review the possibility that my CFS was organophosphate induced rather than viral but obviously wasn’t aware of Aerotoxic Syndrome.The symptoms OF AEROTOXIC SYNDROME (some immediate and others lasting several years) are listed as·     fluey episode like sheep dippers flu lasting 3 days·            numbness in fingers·   memory impairment·  forgetfulness·  sleep disorders·          shortness of breath·            tightness in chest·       chest pain·       susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections·   weakness and fatigue leading to chronic fatigue·      exhaustion·     hot flashes·      muscle weakness and painMY CURRENT SYMPTOMS ARE:·     FATIGUE MADE WORSE BY PHYSICAL, MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL EXERTION·            OVERALL BODY PAIN ESPECIALLY WHEN EXHAUSTED INCLUDING TWITCHING AND WEAKNESS·  FEEL I HAVE FLU MUCH OF THE TIME·     DECREASED APPETITE· IRRITABLE·           ALCOHOL INTOLERANCE·        HEADACHES ESPECIALLY AFTER MENTAL EFFORT·     UNSTEADINESS, TREMORS IN HANDS WHEN TIRED, PROBLEMS WITH BALANCE, CLUMSY, KNOCK INTO THINGS, OFTEN DROP THINGS·        SOMETIMES HAVE NIGHT SWEATS BUT CAN ALSO FEEL HOT OR COLD WHEN INAPPROPRIATE·     DRY MOUTH AND EYES, OFTEN THIRSTY·        BRIGHT LIGHT AND NOISE INTOLERANT·          OFTEN FEEL LIGHT-HEADED, SPACED OUT AND WHEN DRIVING FEEL AS IF OTHER TRAFFIC IS TRAVELLING TOO FAST·       DIFFICULTY THINKING CLEARLY, BRAIN-FOG·            SPATIAL DISORIENTATION IE THINGS AREN’T EXACTLY WHERE I THINK THEY ARE·        DIFFICULTY JUDGING DISTANCES EG DRIVING OR PUTTING CUP DOWN·   SOMETIMES DIFFICULTY DOING SIMPLE CALCULATIONS, FINDING THE CORRECT WORD, EXPRESSING IDEAS, LOSE TRAIN OF THOUGHTS, DIFFICULTY ORGANISING THOUGHTS, FORGET WHAT TO DO IN MIDDLE OF TASK SO REFER TO LIST·            MEMORY PROBLEMS·          DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING WHAT I READ IF IDEAS COMPLEX·            DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING WITH SHORTENED ATTENTION SPAN·   PROBLEM FOLLOWING CONVERSATION IF THERE IS BACKGROUND NOISE  
25 Oct 2007    MRI BRAIN SCAN AT [NAME OF HOSPITAL].  NOTHING ABNORMAL DETECTED SINCE THIS WOULD NOT SHOW THE DAMAGE BY OP POISONING IF MY CFS WERE OP INDUCED RATHER THAN VIRAL.           
20 DEC 2007  ON AND OFF I HAVE HAD SYMPTOMS OF BREATHLESSNESS AND HEAVY BREATHING. MY WIFE THOUGHT THEY HAD GOT WORSE SO I WENT TO GP WHO ARRANGED ULTRASONIC HEART SCAN.  NOTHING ABNORMAL DETECTED. 

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