Mast Cell Activation Disorder & Stress: Latest Research Confirms The Link

The Triggers

More evidence is showing a direct link between stress and the chronic activation of mast cells. This is from an article over at This could potentially shift the focus to treating the underlying traumas and doctors being more open to the idea of prescribing an anti anxiety drug. Benzodiazapines are on the approved mast […]

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Never Bet Against Occam: The MCAS “Bible” In Review (Part Thirteen) – Urinary Tract Issues

The Disease

Welcome back to my “Never Bet Against Occam” series. If you haven’t read the first twelve posts yet you can do that by clicking the link. If you don’t own a copy of this book yet, you can buy one right now by clicking here. It’s definitely a must-have for those of us with mast […]

Continue Reading’s Weekly Roundup: January 14th, 2018

Weekly Roundup

Hi everyone! I hope your mast cells have been staying calm all week, giving you a break from the mast cell madness we all face each day. Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and a few really important things I wanted to share with you. Scroll down to “On a side note..” for […]

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Mast Cell Disease & Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): A Painful Coexisting Condition

The Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful, inflammatory auto-immune disease that affects millions of people, the majority of which are women. Researchers still don’t understand the cause but they do know that there is a definite difference between “non-inflammatory” arthritis, or osteoarthritis, and inflammatory arthritis, or RA. From Healthline: RA is a much more complicated disease, but […]

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Mast Cell Disease & Chronic Fatigue: Are MCAS and ME/CFS Related?

The Symptoms

One of the symptoms of mast cell disease, like in many chronic illnesses, is chronic fatigue. It is listed as one of many coexisting conditions we can have: Osteopenia/Osteoporosis Angioedema Interstitial Cystitis (Bladder pain syndrome) Uveitis (Iritis) Arthritis & specific rare diseases of Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Sjogren’s Raynaud’s Osteoarthritis Ehlers-Danlos Fibromyalgia Lupus Chronic Fatigue Syndrome […]

December 19, 2017

Ketotifen For MCAS: The Good, The Bad & The Drowsy

The Treatments

After weeks and weeks (and weeks) of waiting, and waiting some more, and nearly giving up, my local compound pharmacist finally came through for me. We came up with a brilliant solution for my unique problem of being triggered by dairy, soy AND corn (and a million other things they use even in compounded medicines […]

December 15, 2017

A Day In The Life: This Is Really Working For Me!

The Lifestyle

So it’s been quite a while since I had a full-blown degranulation event/attack/onslaught. I’ve been able to keep nearly all of my MCAS symptoms at bay for about three months now (woohoo!) by following the principals Dr. Afrin outlined for us. Even my granuloma annulare rash is completely gone and hasn’t returned. I’ve almost nearly […]

December 6, 2017