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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   my car had a gasoline leak and made the garage smell of gasoline. The fumes came into my home. This continued for about a week and a half. Now my biggest complaint is arm pain and specially fingertip pain and sensitivity. Could this be related
Doctor :   hi
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how can i help you?
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ok
User :   hi
Doctor :  
we need to find out if any other cause is the cause for pain
Doctor :  
is there history of hurt?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
User :   It just started after the leak. i also had headache, nausea, and dizzyness
Doctor :  
Gasoline is made from processed crude oil and is a pale brown or pink liquid with a strong odor. It evaporates easily, is very flammable and can form explosive mixtures in air.
Doctor :   Breathing small amounts of gasoline vapors can lead to nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion and breathing difficulties.
Doctor :   so what you felt is a health hazard of gasoline
User :   the leak came from a hose under the hood so it was gasoline ready to be processed or already processed
Doctor :   more exposure can lead to memory loss and decreased muscle function
Doctor :  
if it was not burnt gasoline then it was probably unprocessed
User :   yes...my fingers feel very unusal almost like they are "going to sleep"
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i did not see the gasoline only smelled the fumes. no gasoline spill just fumes
User :   fumes
Doctor :  
i recommend that you get a neurologist opinion for this
Doctor :  
ok
User :   ok
Doctor :  
has the fumes stopped coming to the house now?
Doctor :  
prolonged exposure can lead to cancer
User :   it is not as bad since we found the broken hose and we have opened windows of home\
Doctor :  
There are laboratory blood or urine tests that can determine if you have been exposed to gasoline in what amounts
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and whether they are harmful levels
User :   my teenage daughter also has same symptoms
Doctor :  
so i recommend that you see a physician and get these levels tested for both you and al the other members who got exposed to the fumes
Doctor :  
and get the results and the arm pain evaluated by a neurologist
User :   my primary care doctor yesterday but i have not heard backi left message for the nurse at
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no
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ok
User :   yes
Doctor :  
you can go to any other alternate doctor for this evaluation
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it need not be the same primary care doctor
User :   done
Doctor :  
for the pain relief for the time being you take Tab Tylenol one tablet two times a day
Doctor :  
but get the evaluation and examination along with the exposure test done soon for yourself and the family.
User :   ok
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes
User :   thanks
Doctor :  
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