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Tell us your story: 15 to 20 years ago my wife and I ate some contamined fish and she had all the symtoms of ciguatera poising. It was a mild case. I had some effect from the toxin but not as bad. Weh have shifted over to only eating deep water snappers and other deepwater bottom fish (400-900 ft leveles). Recently we started eating a goat fish that is caught at 300-400 feet down and never taught it may contain the toxins. My wife is experiences some mild reactions of the toxins and I may be a hypocondract buy also have a lot of thing tingling at times and leg cramps. The question is what degres of poisoning can you have and does it affect people in different ways. If fish can accumulate the toxin in their bodies man must also be doing the same. At what level do we start getting more impaird by the amount of toxins in us. I have not been able to find a website that provides any information of this kind. Sorry about all the spelling and grammer mistakes. If you blog this can you please put dates on all your information so I know how old they are. Alfred
1. The question is what degres of poisoning can you have and does it affect people in different ways. It does effect people differently, per my story I got the worst case lasting over 4 months, my daughter 30 days and my wife & daughter’s boyfriend less than a week. We all ate the same fish but my daughter and I ate the most which I can only determine meant the levels of sickness were determined on how much each person ate. I’m pretty sure it also affects people in different ways regarding symptoms.
2. If fish can accumulate the toxin in their bodies man must also be doing the same. I would assume so but don’t know of any studies regarding this. The toxin comes from the reef itself and they don’t know why some fish get people sick and some don’t, that’s the crazy thing. I am shocked that you are getting symptoms from a deep water fish, everything I’ve researched shows that most cases are in shallow warm water areas. If I were you I would not eat this kind of fish for a long time, I have read studies that eating the same kind of fish after you have got sick could trigger the symptoms again so I will never eat Hogfish again.
3. At what level do we start getting more impaird by the amount of toxins in us. Sorry don’t know the answer to this either, I have very minor residual symptoms like reversal of hot & cold, some sweating of the feet and dry mouth. I’ve only eaten dolphin / mahi, wahoo & tuna side I got sick and haven’t had any major side affects to speak of. I’m still afraid of eating any reef fish but was planning on eating deep drop Queen & Yellow Eye snapper on my Bahamas trip to the Abaco’s next month, I may think twice about this after your story.
4. I have not been able to find a website that provides any information of this kind. Its disheartening that there’s not more info out there regarding Ciguatera, I’m getting more and more inquiries every month and can only tell people that time is the only thing I know of that will cure the symptoms.