Can mast cell issues cause low iron? (Yes).

Hey everyone, Just stumbled upon an answer today that explains a lot. I developed mast cell activation syndrome in fall 2018. One of the things that impede my recovery, even after my initial mast-cell flare, was extreme fatigue and sluggishness. One of those causes turned out to be that my ferritin stores were very low. (Ferritin represents the level of iron you have stored in … Continue reading Can mast cell issues cause low iron? (Yes).

How mast cells can cause muscle and joint pain

I’ve found that when sometimes things seem irritated for no reason, it might actually be that your mast cells are freaking out. Like maybe you had a brief muscle spasm in that area, which created some inflammation. Now even if the muscle is relaxed, the mast cells are still going on as if there’s a problem. I’d suggest doing whatever you normally do for a … Continue reading How mast cells can cause muscle and joint pain

What inspired me to try DNRS?

I first heard about the Dynamic Neural Retraining System when I attended an in-person support group of the Massachusetts chapter of The Mastocytosis Society. There, I met my friend Erin, who had made an almost-full recovery from nine years of mast cell activation and other health issues.  At one time, Erin was completely home-bound, only venturing into public wearing a respirator and gloves (and then, … Continue reading What inspired me to try DNRS?

Can DNRS help with EDS and other hypermobility conditions?

Hey everyone– A reader asked me this today, and this was my response: As you may know, I also have a hypermobility condition, although I’ve gotten different opinions from specialists about whether it’s EDS or another hypermobility disorder. I’ve seen people in the DNRS forum say that it helped their EDS symptoms. I don’t think the program is marketed for that, and I know that … Continue reading Can DNRS help with EDS and other hypermobility conditions?

Site is new and still under construction :)

I have not yet paid for the ad-free upgrade for this site yet– running three sites on WordPress is getting to be expensive and I’m debating just leaving this platform entirely. In case anyone is wondering, I don’t believe WordPress.com is really as great as people say. There are glitches ALL the time. You can spend 15 minutes editing a post and saving it, only … Continue reading Site is new and still under construction 🙂

The test that ruled out mastocytosis

I belong to a few different mast-cell related support groups, which have been super helpful to me along the way. From reading posts there, it seems as though it’s far too common for people to end up in a scenario where they have symptoms of mast cell disease, but aren’t sure whether it’s mast cell activation syndrome, or another form of mast cell disorder such … Continue reading The test that ruled out mastocytosis

Why I got a diagnosis, even though I don’t fit all of criteria for mast cell activation

I was very lucky to receive a diagnosis of mast cell activation syndrome from my first doctor, Dr. R., because technically, I do not fit all of the criteria for an official diagnosis. The official criteria to receive a diagnosis actually include the following, as discussed in this article: Symptoms of mast cell activation: “patients with a presumptive diagnosis of “MCAS” must have two or more … Continue reading Why I got a diagnosis, even though I don’t fit all of criteria for mast cell activation

How I got diagnosed

When I first developed symptoms of mast cell activation in the fall of 2018, I had no idea what was happening to me. I was already seeing an allergist for my environmental allergies at an outpatient practice here in Massachusetts. When my mast cell symptoms began, I started to experience some small reactions to food.  My doctor ran blood tests to check for allergies to … Continue reading How I got diagnosed

Heyo it’s Mayo– MCAS Series #4- 20 Steps to Healing

Finding this video made a world of difference to me.  I found it at a point when I wasn’t sure if anyone ever really got better from MCAS. Thank you so much, Savannah, for posting this and sharing your journey. I wanted to jot down a few notes about what she said because writing is, personally, how I process and internalize things.  So I wanted to write this out, … Continue reading Heyo it’s Mayo– MCAS Series #4- 20 Steps to Healing

MEchanical Basis/Jeff’s Story

This is an absolutely amazing story from a man who became increasingly debilitated over the course of years, following infection with a viral illness. Jeff went to hell and back, getting progressively more ill over the years.  He had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), POTS, MCAS, dysautonomia, as well as a host of other symptoms. Jeff tells his story on his site, MEchanical Basis. Eventually he discovered … Continue reading MEchanical Basis/Jeff’s Story