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Continuous exposure to a "small amt of concentrated methane gas"

My daughter is 21.  Shes been working at this daycare center for 3 years now.  Within the last year and 1/2 she began having spells where she would space off for a few seconds.  Nobody else noticed at first and she kept it to herself.  Over time though, it became more noticeable and lasts longer.  Took her to a neurologist.  Multiple EEG's and nothing shows up but the neurologist put her on anti convulsants anyway and its to the point that she cant drive and the seizure meds don't work at all.  Neuro says they are non epileptic seizures.  
Recently she happened to mention that her employer (the daycare center) is FINALLY doing something about the sewer smell that is predominately in her room (which Is the infant room by the way) The plumber had a digital  detector and she overheard him tell the director  that there is a small amt of methane gas comin up thru the drain in her room,  and at that particular time, the smell wasn't as bad as it usually is.  It gets real bad from noon on.  im wondering if it could be the sewer gas that is causing these episodes?  They occur during the week at work at home and on the weekends even after shes been gone from it for a few days.And who do we go to?  Pulmonologist?  toxicologist?
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1081992 tn?1389903637
Laurilu, the smell is hydrogen sulfide.  Methane, btw, is odorless.

These types of stories are not unusual:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/face/in-house/full9228.html
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
"Hog Farm Co-Owner and Employee Die of Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning in Manure Pit--Minnesota"

A 27-year-old male hog farm employee (victim #1) died as a result of hydrogen sulfide poisoning when he entered a manure- waste pit to extract a pump. The 46-year-old farm co-owner, the victim’s uncle (victim #2), also died from hydrogen sulfide poisoning when he entered the pit in a rescue attempt.

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That involves very high acute levels, and seizures do occur before death. You'd want to know about chronic lower levels. There's more to talk about, if you reply.

Methane causes harm by displacing oxygen, something like carbon monoxide.














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Thank you for the info.  I am interested in what else you can share.  I actually have a video of her having one of these spells.  I don't know what the level was that the plumber had said but it did read on a meter.  She took a carbon monoxide detector to work but it didn't pick up a reading.  What I don't get is, that everything I find on line says that symptoms should go away once the environment is left.  She has them after work and on the weekends when shes not there.  They are getting worse.  And its affecting her short term memory recently.  She didn't even remember I was at her house the night before last.  And if she has them in the morning she has a hard time getting ready.  She brushed her teeth without toothpaste because it was just too much to handle for her to take that extra effort to put it on her toothbrush.  It will be interesting to see what happens now.  The Corona virus has caused her daycare center to shut down for 2 weeks at least.  If the spells quit happening then we will know.  But what if they don't?  Can this turn into a neurodegenerative thing that cant be reversed?
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