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Old 01-23-2019, 07:00 PM
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It's always something weird with me. It seems ever since I turned 40 everything has gotten worse.

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Old 01-23-2019, 08:37 PM
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Man, Sorry to hear your troubles hang in there and see what they find an maybe back off the stick for a while so things can get better keep up with the doctors as frustrating as it can be, one of them will eventually find the cause..
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Welding fumes from stick of flux cored are really bad news. I find I have to weld these processes with a fan behind me to blow away the fumes. Of the two flux core is worse for me.
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:44 AM
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Welding fumes from stick of flux cored are really bad news. I find I have to weld these processes with a fan behind me to blow away the fumes. Of the two flux core is worse for me.


Yeah, fluxcore is pretty rough. I’ve welded it more than I should’ve in a shop without a respirator.. I wear it a lot more often now. If I were smart I’d wear it every day no matter how annoying it is. You feel better at the end of the day
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:49 AM
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I feel for ya, I’m also a diabetic. Type 1, diagnosed at age 7. Got a lot of other health issues that don’t play nicely with it, including Lyme disease (your mother wasn’t kidding - check for ticks guys!)
I sure hope you get to the bottom of it
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:54 AM
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Can always test for heavy metals in your system.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:28 AM
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Fell into the " it's not galvanized, it's zinc plated" trap before too.
Zinc or in this case zinc oxide is a very bad thing to breathe in. But it is great if it is in an ointment.

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another thing to watch out for is some brake cleaners and heat. It will create a poisonous gas.
Yes they will phosgene, used in WWI as a chemical warfare agent.

No chlorinated solvents are used in my shop within 24 hours of welding,
they stick around. If you used some and tossed the rag in the garbage
the fumes are still in the shop.

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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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Manganese is really a concern.

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Can always test for heavy metals in your system.
I also second that motion, have them do a full screen.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:30 PM
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Supposed to hear results today. Negative for lead and lithium toxicity
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Air ark and plasma fumes are the worst for me These and spray painting are done outside. Before I retired I could tell if anyone in the shop was using brake clean well I was welding and at the time I had no idea it was bad to breath.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:22 PM
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Welders at work are issued these:

https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/...and-fx-air.pdf


There are 2 different air regulators available. One that cools and one that warms. We switch them out spring and fall. They are not cheap, but I don't think any speedglas stuff is. You do need a compressed air source and a supplied air filter system to hook them up to.

Now our guys work in weld booths and have a Robovent sucking the smoke out the top of their areas but they do a lot of air arc and build up work so they have a lot of arc time and smoke coming up.
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