If you’ve ever spent time reading about allergies, you might have come across people talking about Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome often struggle just to obtain a diagnosis – due to the complexity of the disease and the lack of awareness within the mainstream medical community, patients can go months, if not several years, without relief for their illness.
Now imagine this happening in your own body. Your connective tissue – the “glue” that helps hold everything in place – is poorly constructed and isn’t strong enough, meaning that your skin and joints can stretch and hyperextend beyond normal human limits. The thought of being super flexible might sound cool, until you realize that it’s not just the limbs that get all jumbled up, your nerves do, too.This is a reality for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes.
Mast cells are an important part of your immune system, without them you would never heal from an injury. However, there is a condition where they become overactive and cause serious problems in the body – this condition is called mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).
Unfortunately, mast cell disorders and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), in particular, are on the rise these days. I believe it’s in part because of the constant barrage of environmental toxins, molds, and chemicals.
Let’s take a look at what exactly mast cell activation syndrome is, how it might be causing your mystery symptoms, and what you can do.