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Old 01-23-2019, 11:25 AM
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I have been having some killer migraine headaches lately. I have been hallucinating. Sometimes just colors, sometimes geometric patterns and spiderweb looking stuff. After convincing the Dr it's not normal migraine, I have been bounced between a couple of different specialists and a headshrinker. They're saying that something is making me hypersensitive to calcium. I am not sure what that means but it's bad. The only thing that coincides with the 2, 6 month episodes of this I have delt with is stick welding. First time was welding school and I found out I was diabetic at that time so everything got blamed on that, but now I built a new welding rig and I find out I might not be able to stick weld? Have you heard of this before? Allergic to stick welding? Even with my trusty Miller a100 filter?

I am waiting for a call back from the hospital to see who is going to see me next when my latest round of tests come back.

So I am terrified to try dual shield and suck at hardwire, I am pretty much stuck with Tig. Which is okay with me, I love Tig and aluminum. My plans just got shot to hell I think.

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Old 01-23-2019, 11:42 AM
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Look into supplied air mask, not the kind with the battery fan mounted on your belt (AKA a fart sucker) rather using compressed air drawn from the next room.
Sandblast people use them, have a oil less pump, small portable thing
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:23 PM
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I do not have any ideas for you but I do suggest you lay off the stick welding until you find the cause. There are a lot of people who only do tig welding. So you are not without something to move onto.

Hoping you find the cause and then you know what your future will be.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:23 PM
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Most of us pull off the compressor,run co detectors in helmet .Same goes for spray foam guys . Never ask how the safty boys felt about it .
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You wouldn't by chance be welding to galvanized steel would you? I use a fan to blow the fumes away so I can breath.
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:55 PM
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You wouldn't by chance be welding to galvanized steel would you? I use a fan to blow the fumes away so I can breath.
No but I have made that mistake before. That's why I got the Miller a100. Dog sick. Fell into the " it's not galvanized, it's zinc plated" trap before too. The downside to being an aluminum only guy is that you forget about all this. I have gotten the courage up to Tig and I have had no problem.
I am thinking about braking out the 210mp and get some mig practice in. They expect every Tig guy to mig. I for some reason never really found my groove with mig. Great to Fab with for tacs but after that I am a straight push or pull guy. I don't like the way it looks, and no one else is impressed either! Lol

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another thing to watch out for is some brake cleaners and heat. It will creat a poisonous gas.
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I've never ever heard of calcium intolerance so I did some research. Yes, it is real, and they have no idea why it occurs.
Welding with some of the more primitive electrodes like 6010 could be a cause as the coating is lime and cellulose. I'm sure there is some material in the 18 series as well that is calcium, but in the iron powder electrode coatings there should be less lime.
My guess is that lime does not become a gas, as it is specifically needed to stay put on the weld and shield the molten metal. Iron will gas off as will many other metals.
But whatever it is that causes this, I hope they find out what it is. Let us know as we may have to alter our practices.
I always thought calcium was benign.
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Have you considered that your problem might be manganese as found in 70 series electrodes? Google manganism.

When I retired from welding where I used a lot of manganese-based rods my migraines largely just "went away"

My migraines were so intense I needed to lay down in a darkened room to ease the pain.
Long term I would say high quality filtration of your breathable air is in your future.
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Have you considered that your problem might be manganese as found in 70 series electrodes? Google manganism.

When I retired from welding where I used a lot of manganese-based rods my migraines largely just "went away"

My migraines were so intense I needed to lay down in a darkened room to ease the pain.
Long term I would say high quality filtration of your breathable air is in your future.
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Will check with my Dr for sure

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