I woke up and suddenly felt back to “normal”. It’s just so very weird how it all just disappears like magic.
Everything has calmed back down and I feel great.
My brain fog has lifted.
My sinuses are clear.
My wheeze is gone.
My skin isn’t red and itchy.
My intestines are quiet and my digestion is perfect.
My joints don’t hurt at all.
My weight is back to normal.
I can blink without feeling heavy, swollen lids or that infernal twitching in my eyelids (all four of them!).
Best of all, the sunlight is a welcome thing, not something to be shunned so the blinds are all open and I’m sitting out here in the warm sun, with NO sunglasses and no mast-cell related problems whatsoever.
I am not even being triggered by the pollen that surrounds me, even after 15 minutes of sitting out here on my front steps, enjoying watching the 100 tulips we planted last fall beginning to bloom (omg yay!).
I literally feel like a weight has been lifted and it’s over. Whew!!
It’s no coincidence that I feel a million times better today and it just so happens that my period is nearly over now, is it?
I found this article and while it’s about the role female hormones play in asthma, I feel it fits well with what’s happening to me with my MCAD:
Female hormones such as estrogen may have almost as much impact on the airways as allergies and hay fever. But estrogen itself is not the culprit in triggering the symptoms of asthma. Rather, it’s the fluctuation of estrogen — the up and down of hormone levels — that may cause inflammation in the airways.
“Fluctuating estrogen levels can activate proteins that produce an inflammatory response, which can bring on asthma symptoms,” says Christiana Dimitropoulou-Catravas, PhD, assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and toxicology at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dimitropoulou-Catravas, who was the lead author on a study investigating the role of estrogen in asthma, explains that by stabilizing estrogen levels, inflammation and asthma may be better controlled.
I thought I was “allergic” to my own estrogen but that’s not the case. It’s the fluctuations in estrogen that appears to be the problem.
The trick now, it seems, is stabilizing my estrogen levels. Hmmm….
Happy Sunday everyone!