JULY 2015
Name: Tommy
Have you been affected by Ciguatera Poisoning?: Yes, I have had ciguatera poisoning
How did you hear about us?: Search Engine
Tell us your story: I have all the symptoms described in your blog. The is is the second time I have been affected. The first happened after eating fish from the tortugas . This was a little over a year ago. This time I was in the Bahamas yes the eastern side. I also ate at the poop deck several times and ate grouper that I speared off of cat island. This time my symptoms are much worse. A lot of pain in arms and legs… can’t sleep etc. My question is what kind of fish can I eat and is lobster or shrimp OK?
Tommy:
Based on all research I’ve done and read you should stay away from all fish & shellfish for at least 6 months to a year after having ciguatera as it could trigger symptoms. I personally didn’t wait that long, once I was over the symptoms about 6 months in I started eating only non reef fish like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna and have only had slight symptoms like sweaty feet from time to time, I still haven’t had any reef fish for almost 3 years now, I still have reversal of hot and cold in the hands but that is also minor.
Take a look at the items below to stay away from for months according to poison control. Hope you get better soon!
Sincerely,
Jeff
From the document faxed to us by poison control it said to avoid fish, shellfish, nuts, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, mushrooms and grains. It also said that exercising could exacerbate the nervous system symptoms and should be avoided for months.