NOVEMBER 2015
*Name: Alex
*Email: aha1805@comcast.net
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 live in Hawaii, and I ate a small amount of reef fish yesterday that came from here. This morning I woke up and had the “pins and needles” and itching in my hands and feet. I only at a bit of meat the size of a quarter, and the neurological symptoms aren’t severe at all, but just annoying right now. I’m glad I didn’t eat any more than I had! Jeff, you mentioned you still have problems with your hands and feet, do your daughter’s boyfriend and wife who didn’t eat as much still do as well? I hope it just sticks around for a week or so. Thank you so much for the insight!

 Alex:
Sorry to hear you have some ciguatera symptoms but glad they are minimal, I’m curious as to what kind of fish it was and why you only ate such a very small amount? Did you know of ciguatera and were concerned that the fish may be toxic?
Per you question: I’m the only one that still has any symptoms and its reversal of hot & cold in the hands. Its not anywhere as severe as it was in the beginning so it really doesn’t bother me, when I hold something ice cold and it feels hot it just reminds me this crap is still in my system. Every now and then after eating some fish, and having a bit to much alcohol, I wake up with sweaty feet which was a severe symptom I had for months, it does go away after a few hours.
Per my comments on the site I stick to non reef fish like Mahi Mahi, Tuna & Wahoo, I’ve only had reef fish a few times since Sept. 2013, still can’t bring myself to dive in and eat reef fish like I did my entire life, just the thought of going through this again doesn’t make it with it worth the risk to me.
You should be over the symptoms in a few days based on the minimal amount you ate.
Good Luck!
Sincerely,
Jeff