Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

I Hate Waking Up Like This

At 3:45 am this morning, I woke startled with a sense of panic. I woke with my heart pounding in my chest, ears ringing, slight shortness of breath, flushing, sweating, and the weird: I feel hot and cold at the same time with chills. I am boiling with heartburn and cramping in my abdomen. When… Continue reading I Hate Waking Up Like This

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells

Starting the Year Off With a Bang; More Neurological Symptoms and Twelfth Cranial Nerve Palsy

Some how I made it through the holidays. I went to two family get-togethers despite worsening neurological symptoms and swellings. My angioedema is out of control. And it's being complicated over the Zantac (ranitidine) "recall". So far, I've not found another H2 blocker that works as well. I had no idea just how much the… Continue reading Starting the Year Off With a Bang; More Neurological Symptoms and Twelfth Cranial Nerve Palsy

Allergies, Being Disabled, Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, disability

Please Stop Wearing Fragrances to the Doctor

I am currently sitting at my doctor's office in a patient room trying to calm my nerves after this morning's fiasco with the front office staff and a patient's perfume. To make it worse their office is under construction. So in other words, Chemical City. I've already popped 50 mg of Benadryl and my cheeks… Continue reading Please Stop Wearing Fragrances to the Doctor

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, Injustices of the Healthcare System

A Word on the Bizarre: Health Insurance and Shoddy Corporate Policies Part One

Little did I know, I was about to be sucked into my doctor office's version of the twilight zone.

Chronic Illness and Mast Cells, Thoughts

On Undiagnosed and Getting Worse

Today is a bad day.  A really bad day.  Every day has been a bad day since mid last week.  I've been to my PCP (primary care physician) for a steroid injection because the angioedema has been so severe.  The pressure in my head is near unbearable.  I can't sleep.  If I try to lay… Continue reading On Undiagnosed and Getting Worse