MCAS & Natural Health: Day Two On NeuroProtek


The Struggle

I wrote a few days ago about trying NeuroProtek for the first time in all this mast cell insanity I’ve been struggling with. I took two the first day and didn’t notice much of anything at all – no energy boost, no brain fog clearing, no negative symptoms, either – so I went ahead and […]

September 2, 2017

Stepping Back To Take A Closer Look


The Struggle

Sometimes when we are sick it’s hard to step back and evaluate the situation in order to make good decisions. That’s why a healthy support system is so crucial. I’m fortunate to have a hubby who was able to help me to see that my latest cascade of health problems began shortly after I increased […]

August 22, 2017

It’s Out Of My Hands For Now


The Struggle

A tsunami of triggers have hit me in the last week and my mast cells are in absolute overdrive. Triggers like: Three days ago our beloved dog died suddenly in my arms. There are wildfires in the area that have left our lovely valley in a haze of thick smoke. Our new neighbors have been […]

August 13, 2017

Mast Cell Disease & Mental Health: Lessons From Sam Berns


The Struggle

One aspect of living with mast cell disease that I don’t see discussed often on message boards or  in the medical literature is the impact this disease has on our mental health. Mast cell degranulation can cause anxiety, depression, confused thinking, aggression, anger, rage and other emotions/reactions which are traditionally grouped in the mental health […]

July 18, 2017

This Is Not A Life At All Really


The Struggle

Today I feel utterly defeated. I’m sure it will pass, but right now it feels like I have no hope whatsoever. None. I don’t even have a glimmer of hope on the horizon. My world has become very bleak and hopeless lately. I am in mast cell hell. Less than two hours ago I went […]

June 8, 2017

MCAS & Inflammation: Gastritis, Anyone?


The Struggle

It is usually my lower GI that gives me the most trouble, but last night I had a horrible attack of gastritis. It was excruciatingly painful and I’m still recovering today from the whole two hour ordeal. Before I was diagnosed I had a lot of stomach pain and acid reflux/heartburn but the stabbing and […]

May 25, 2017

MCAS & Trigger Avoidance: Why It’s So Hard To Be Good


The Struggle

Finding and avoiding things that trigger our mast cells to degranulate is possibly the most important thing we can do to help ourselves. Our doctors can give us medicines and help us in the ER but only we can suss out our triggers and create our medically necessary “safe bubbles”. It’s a very personal thing. […]

May 13, 2017

Last Night I Woke Up In Degranulation Hell


The Struggle

Last night was possibly the scariest episode I’ve had yet, mostly because it jolted me out of a deep sleep and put me through the ringer for a few hours. It was a clear, cool night and the hubby had cracked our window open, not thinking at all that airborne triggers might find their way […]

May 9, 2017