Hi Stephie, I don't like to say " I have PATM". DOESN'T sound right... " I have people are allergic to me"... When I first noticed the symptoms I didn't realize how bizarre a situation life had thrown at me. I have been making people cough relentlessly, clear their throats loudly (just to make sure I hear their suffering), & some even start to gag and gasp for air as if their throat was swelling shut for about 4 years. The first 2 years I thought it was my hygiene since I lived on the street, but since I've been living in my apartment I know it's definitely not my hygiene and never was. I live in Seattle and by now the entire apartment complex knows something is up. I have always had severe social anxiety issues so I would isolate a lot before, but now that I've started to come out more and socialize, I'm being forced back into isolation because of this terrible dilemma. I too have been to the doctors and even though they also get reactions around me they swear they haven't a clue. I know this isn't a solution but even though some of this doesn't make sense, like how people react to us from across the street or two rooms away, I swear some people even start running past me just to get away faster! All I can suggest is read different people's experiences as much as you can, this website is helping me piece together my own theory about my problem. By you sharing your story I share my story, & we all learn from each other & I have A strong feeling there are many different ways to end up with this malady of ours. And one last thing, if anyone's situation is as bad as mine is, HANG IN THERE DON'T GIVE UP! This has kept me from employment, from my family/friends, made my depression worst (on the brink of suicidal). But the best remedy so far for me, when I don't feel like going anywhere because the shame is unbearable, feeling like the new age hunchback of Notre dame, has been to just go outside and yell f+++ everybody! F+++ you, f+++ you, YOU'RE cool! All the while the routine coughing and all that goes on just join in and cough and sneeze burp right back at them. Simply ignore them just do what ever you want to do, life goes on.
It seems a few things are obvious (whether the patm person realises it yet)
1) all patm persons troubled (traumatic) experiences have led to severe social anxiety.
2) most patm persons have had issues with smelling bad.
3) patm persons have the lowest quality of life.
4) patm persons isolate/withdraw themselves and are mostly reclusive.
From those observations I calculate fear and obsessions being the root for patm.
It doesn't take much effort to believe in something. It happens through lifes (natural) experiences.
I myself react and can smell myself.
It's gotten worse after I had some temporary relief and realised the problem being mental.
The last almost decade have been hell. I have been vomiting everyday. People are coughing everyday. Sneezing, yawning, burping, hiccuping, itching, clearimg throat etc etc etc.
But the problem starts within. No one gives a **** for you or your obsessions. That's the real reality.
No one gives a **** that you cause them reactions - naturally they just don't want to react from your outward negative spiral thoughts. Of course you might be the most positive person but those smallest negative thoughts can pose the biggest problems.
please try Ketakonazole shampoo, it will help alot
I'm at a loss for what to do I can't keep living like this I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING
Stop eating junk food and dont over eat especially after 5 pm.
Sugar, chicken,crab seasoning etc (avoid seasoning containing yeast or chemicals.