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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but I also have fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on…

I have multiple complicated autoimmune issues that basically cause my cells to launch an attack on everything – I have food sensitivities, have to watch a foods histamine and oxalate levels, I react to food additives, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, environmental components, barometric changes, weather changes – shoot, if a blade of grass blows in the wrong direction – my body is ready to fight.

My eyes swell, my feet and hands go numb and I get tremors and muscle tics, my tongue goes numb, migraines, wild blood pressure swings, diminished lung capacity, my muscles spasm and I can put on, and regularly have, up to +20lbs overnight in muscular inflammation.

This all started in late 2014 / early 2015 and by 2017, I had regained over 100lbs – I’m still struggling with it… Every day, every meal is a reaction of some sort… Every…. Single…. One….

My movement is very limited – my resting heart rate is always high and in a reaction, walking from my car to the front of a store sends it into the 140-150. My BP can stay in the 180/115 – 200/120 range for weeks and even walking to the mailbox is impossible.

The best I can do is manage the things I can, like my diet, and minimize exposure to the things I can’t…

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

๐Ÿ“ FOOD INTOLERANCE APP (look for the strawberry)
I just discovered this app and it is more than worth the $6.99 – it is a more updated version of the German SIGHI PDF list. It contains more information than you can shake a stick at.
https://www.baliza.de/en/apps/histamine.html

๐ŸŒฟ OXALATE APP I AM USING
The best option I have found is from the same developers as the Histamine app. It is an Apple only app but it looks like it is going to be very helpful. The basic color system (low/med/high) rating is free but if you want actual numbers, it is also $6.99.

๐ŸšฆOXIPUR (IOS only)
https://www.baliza.de/en/apps/oxipur.html

There is also a fantastic Facebook group with a tremendous amount of information and research that I am finding invaluable.
Trying Low Oxalates (TLO)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TryingLowOxalates

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WHAT IS INSULIN RESISTANCE?
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22206-insulin-resistance

WHAT IS HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE?
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

WHAT IS OXALATE SENSITIVITY?
https://www.allergylink.co.uk/allergy-blog/2016/10/26/oxalate-sensitivity

WHAT IS POTS?
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

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MY TOP 3 WORST INFLAMMATION TRIGGERS
These are not the same for everyone and in 90% of people they don’t trigger a reaction – but if you are constantly dealing with being bloated, headaches, muscle or joint pain or digestive distress – they may be worth considering as potential inflammation triggers.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
https://www.eatthis.com/artificial-sweeteners-side-effects

WHY “NATURAL FLAVORS” ARE A NO NO FOR ME
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/natural-flavors#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/natural-flavors

CARRAGEENAN (Another big no no)
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/carrageenan