A Day In The Life: Slowly But Surely

The Disease

Slowly but surely I’m making progress despite my recent set back. My granuloma annulare rash had flared up again these last few days but is back to being almost invisible again (yay!). That means my mast cells aren’t dumping TNF-a by the bucket load. My dizziness, vertigo and presyncope let up and my gums stopped […]

September 3, 2017

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

MCAS & Brain Inflammation: An Increased Risk For Dementia?

The Disease

Mast cell disease causes brain inflammation which can contribute to many other diseases and disorders including Alzheimers. The fact that we are inundated with a barrage of chemical mediators opens us up to innumerable possibilities for things to go wrong. Terribly wrong. Sometimes fatally wrong. I doubt anyone reading this who has MCAS would argue […]

July 8, 2017

Mast Cell Disease & Seizures: Connecting The Dots

The Disease

Not everyone with mast cell disease has fainting spells and even fewer of us have seizures. I suffer with both, unfortunately, because, well, the universe is a jerk. Actually, I’ve come to believe that my on again, off again seizure disorder is directly related to my MCAS. More specifically, the inflammation in the hypothalamus area […]

June 24, 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

What Rhymes With Pain?

The Symptoms

I can think of two words this morning that work: insane and inflamed. Put it all together and you have what I have: insanely painful inflammation. Painful as in, it hurts to breathe and blink and think. Painful as in, it hurts to even type these words. Painful as in, if I don’t find relief […]

April 8, 2017