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I have a new ford explorer and passed out driving it. Three weeks later I saw on National news that Ford has a problem with carbon monoxide getting inside explorers. Note they just did a 1.3 million recall. My question is: After seeing it on the news, 3 weeks after passing out incident, I had my blood checked for carbon monoxide and it came back high at 3%. I have never smoked and am not around smokers. As 3 weeks passed, is it likely it was much higher at the time of incident? If so approx what would it have been? I am 71 nad continuing to have headaches I never had before. Any info would be appreciated.

Doctor's Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?

Almost daily, no nausea now, had at time, and have had 5-6 nose bleeds also something I've never had before.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have been poked and probed for everything imaginable since the incident and health is excellent except carbon monoxide level.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. K., MD replied 8 months ago
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I looking forward to assisting you with your question and providing excellent service. Your carbon monoxide level when tested is a function of your breathing efficacy and what you are exposed to at the time. Your Ford Explorer ceases to be an issue about 5 minutes after you leave the car. It did not affect your blood test ad is not likely responsible for symptoms
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Dr. K, thanks. I spent two days in hospital, it was a blood hemoglobin test, 3% in blood 3 weeks after passing out. Not sure when you mention breathing efficacy? Are you saying someone with a high exposure to carbon monoxide would only test positive for 5 minutes after exposure? I was sick two days and still get headaches. I have a carbon monoxide monitor in car and have gotten readings as high as 267 ppm carbon monoxide, 400 will kill you. Trying to figure this all out, thanks for helping explain all this. Any other thoughts?
Doctor: Dr. K., MD replied 8 months ago
Longer than 5 minutes but not days later. A car is well ventilated the CO can easily escape.
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