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  1. Same here! Growing up never thought much about it until I was married and realized how much water my husband drinks and his frequent need to urinate. I used to be glad I could be all day without having to use the toilet ( just a morning and before bed visit were enough for me)...

    I am glad you brought it up. An other mystery solved!


  2. Hello everybody, 

    I have been recently reviewing again the info available on B12. I know the topic has been brought up in the forum many times before but I thought I would share some thoughts.

    I noticed that there is a medically recorded (in medical journals) relationship between spinal stenosis and B12 deficiency. I wondered if anyone has tried high doses of B12 as recomended by Pocholock RN or Chandy MD and seen some improvement. This doses need to be maintained in a regular schedule for months before seeing recovery but improvement is usually seen after a week of two of treatment....

    I wondered how many of our MCAS or Dysautonomia symptoms may be related  or could be improved with B12...

    I've observed improvement in my digestive symptoms before, after using B12... but have always discontinued use after a few weeks thinking that the improvement was achieved and I should discontinue its use...

    I just thought how many have had diagnoses or symptoms of spinal stenosis and how supplementing with B12 may be of great help.

    This video is very informative: https://youtu.be/BvEizypoyO0

    Blessings,

    Caty


  3. Hi Jim!

    Have you heard of Dr Afrin? He described MCAS. In his book he talks about how he frequently sees patients develop MCAS after a gastric band surgery.

    Have you read his book? If you haven’t, please do get it. “Never bet against Occam” THe title  means: Multiple dx are more likely caused by one cause than many.

    Best wishes!


  4. Has anyone experimented living some place else for a few weeks or months with the specific purpose of seeking improvement of symptoms? What about experiences actually moving?

    I remember moving to our current area 10 years ago. The first year I was well, but the second spring the allergies began and increased through out the years. With our children it was something similar. They began developing allergies at age 3 or 4.

    I wonder if we happened to move, the first year I would see improvement and be allergy free only to develop symptoms a year after the move...

    What do you think?


  5. Thank you Macca for your thoughts and ideas. It is very strange. I cannot pinpoint a single food that would be the culprit since our diet is pretty much the same here and in Mexico. Actually in Mexico I did eat everything! and felt so well - no GERD symptoms... 

    My feeling is that Mast cells are active again reacting more so to the local allergens. We live in an area very high in grass and tree allergens. I am already on H1 and H2 blockers which improved the severe onset of dysautonomia a year ago. 

    During the trip to Mexico I kept the meds exactly the same but my overall well being improved to my before dysautonomia state...

    Wish there were some of you out there that have felt better going to dyer, warmer places... have been reading that also altitude can make a difference with opposite results depending on the person.


  6. Hello dear all!

     We just came back to Oregon after a 3 week trip to Mexico. My husband and I are originally from there and went to visit family. This was my first trip after having been so sick and diagnosed with Dysautonomia and MCAS last year. 

    Before we left I had improved with antihistamines and a tinny dose of Atenolol, but still GI sx remained together with brain fog, tiredness, sensory issues and a feeling of sadness or emotional ups and downs.

    On our way there I was tired but made it ok. As the days went by, I felt better, the GI sx improved a lot to the extent that I forgot about them. I felt my strength  was back to normal and the brain fog gone.

    When we returned I was so happy to realize how much I had improved with the trip and renewed my regular activities at home with my old energy and clarity of mind.

    Exactly 9 days after being back, I woke up to the old GI symptoms. That day I felt how the Dysautonomia was back, not only GI sx but also the sensory issues, the fogginess and the tiredness were coming back...

    Has anybody else experienced this? 

    It seems difficult to rule out my home or the area where we live as main factors. They imply living somewhere else!

    What would you do?


  7. Thank you all for being there and your replies. How greatful I feel for this forum!

    It’s hard, and we are used to finding a quick fix for things, illnesses and any discomfort. Not knowing what to do or how to make your child feel better is hard!

    We have been in this home for 10 years. Since he was little he had episodes of hives lasting weeks when any food would bring them back. Chronic diarrhea, asthma, ulcers in his mouth... a constellation of weird illnesses and some unusual behaviors that fluctuate. 

     I’ve read stories here of people starting with symptoms from living in buildings with water damage. That made me wonder... 

    Our doctors are used to seeing low Vit D levels in this area and don’t think much about supplementation. Our Vit D levels come always low (in the low 20’s) in winter. Have you experienced any difference with supplementation?

    Thanks again for your kindness and reassurance. We love our home! We’ve been so happy here all these years. Being worried about our home being harmful for our own family is not fun.

     

     


  8. First of all, I ask the Lord for strength and hope for all of us.

    I am trying to find support in your experience. I have been recently diagnosed with POTS and MCAS and in the ups and downs of all these strange and scary symptoms I am finding it very hard to notice more and more signs of dysautonomia/ MCAS in my 11yo son. 

    It has crossed my mind multiple times that our illness may be related to environmental conditions but the thought of moving without proof is not logical. We are 6 in our family and only him and I have dysautonomia symptoms. But it seems to me that all winter everybody has symptoms of “getting sick” without obviously having a cold or an infection. 

    We live in Oregon in a valley that is known for increased allergies in summer and mold issues in winter... However it seems to me that some of you started with dysautonomia while living in dry places...

    We have a well and water tests have always been good. Could it be pesticide from fields around us? It is exhausting to think all this, but at same time, how not to search for answers? for healing?

    Why there’s so many people with dysautonomia? Our food?

    Then I remember that I don’t have much strength or brains to figure it all out... so I come to you.

    May we grow in patience...perseverance ...and trust.

    Caty


  9. Danny and peachy, this is how my dysautonomia started- increased heartburn, taquicardia that would wake me up or that would begin as soon as I changed position in bed, the tachy came together with nausea and a shaky, a tremor feeling inside as well as teeth chattering, anxiety and hypersensitivity to sound. This happened early morning, just like you say. Symptoms have slowly improved with medication- I don’t have the tachycardia because I am on Atenolol, antihistamines help with the heartburn, the nausea, the fatigue and other esophageal symptoms I had during the day. But still last nigh I woke up shaking/ teeth chattering when I changed positivos in the early morning. This has remained. Of course the anxiety and crying and negative thoughts all come together.

    My dr. says this is typical of dysautonomia and it is high adrenaline at that time of day. For some reason symptoms had gotten worse this last week...

    Hope you are both feeling better. Like Pistol said, we have to use the meds if we want to feel better. Have to take the risk, and starting slow- with a tiny dose- makes side effects ( in case there’s any) tolerable or limited.

    Wish someone could tell us what meds might help. Someone has mentioned Clonidine but I can’t try  it because my BP is Low.

    Please tell us how you are doing.


  10. My problems started August this year: first scary GI symptoms then POTS. Intense Gerd, esophageal spasms, dysphagia, intense nausea, and pots symptoms after trying to eat. 

    I was diagnosed with MCAS and possible pots. After starting treatment for MCAS I saw an immediate improvement in the GI symptoms and they still continue to improve. Pots symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, have improved also.

    My doc said that most people with GI symptoms at the beginning of the disease have MCAS.

     I am on Zyrtec, Zantac, Quercetin and a tiny dose of Atenolol and much improved!


  11. Hi Jessica! You know how we have these symptoms in common. I am also considering Clonidine or Methyldopa... I’ve read Clonidine has less side effects but I guess it’s like everything, it depends on the person. My BP is on the low side 90/60. I am taking Atenolol right now to control HR and keep wondering if adding one of the two in a tiny dose could help with the night surges and all other hyper sx... Your BP is higher than mine it may be worth to try... I will ask my doctor next time. Like you, I don’t want to risk messing up things more.

    Hopefully someone with more experience can give you a better idea...

    I am doing better with MCAS tx :) but the fear and sadness come full force when I more symptomatic. MCAS treatment hasn’t fixed the hyperadrenergic state, but you know what? It has decreased it a bit... Have you considered MCAS?

    Hope you find something that works soon❤️

    Big hug!


  12. Hi Lisa, I am new in all this. I started with symptoms a few months ago but GI issues have been as scary as the tachycardia for me. I have seen great improvement with MCAS treatment, I was started with Zyrtec and Zantac and I could see improvement the next day (started one and a few days later the other). It was crazy. The digestive sx are always there, when it’s time for the next dose I can feel it ( the nausea comes back and I feel sick overall). Have you explored a possible MCAS dx?

     I still struggle with hyperadrenergic sx, haven’t found a way to improve them yet, and I need atenolol  for the tachycardia. But the GI is controlled with the antihistamines.

    A big hug and my prayers for you.

    Caty


  13. Oh blizzard I am so sorry! I am so glad that bad gallbladder has it’s hours counted :) Those chili cheese fries sound yummy! In the meantime I will accompany you with more modest eating. I am still afraid to eat.

    You sound like a very brave and strong person that has been through a lot with dysautonomia... Thank you for your example.

    I will be praying for you.


  14. Thank you so much for your thoughts and ideas.

    How much I want to understand all the physiology... we have the best incentive right? But then I also feel it takes a toll on me to read so much and try to have all the answers (impossible). But we need to become our best advocates! ...it’s a difficult balance.

    My prayers for all of you ❤️


  15. Hello dear all, I have a question: I am wondering if I should stop the Propranolol and the Antihistamines prior to a catecholamines test (laying down and standing). What has been your experience?

    My dr. said I didn’t have to be off the meds but it seems to me that these meds do affect the catecholamin levels and I would really like for it to be accurate. 

     


  16. An update dear all:

    I am taking Propanolol tid and the tachycardia and palpitations are under control. My Dr. also suspected MCAS so I started taking Zyrtec and that has helped also ( helped with the esophagus and am more awake and could sleep relatively better). But I have two days now of waking up at 3am and every hour after that feeling the same adrenaline high: increased HR, nausea, anxiety. Also the GERD is getting worse again... I wonder if the effect is wearing off or what. I tried Zantac ( suggested together with Zyrtec for MCAS) but I got increased salivation and esophageal symptoms.

    These last couple of days also I have felt more jittery and hypersensitive to visual movement and sound. I jump with loud noises and have had daily BMs! Completely unusual for me.

    Nothing has changed in meds or food.

    Should I expect the disease to stabilize at some point? Some of you share that things get better and you can learn to know your body but at the same time it is commonly unpredictable...

    Still feel so confused and teary all the time...

     


  17. Dear all, I am not sure what to do. I used Atenolol last night for the first time. Only half a pill. I slept better than for the last two months since I started with symptoms. Tachycardia is definitely under control, none at night nor sudden palpitations when turning in bed. Also the nausea is better and I didn’t get tachy or sick-weak and foggy after eating... so all of that is improvement but I am lethargic, my eyes are closing and is not volume related. The Atenolol is doing this.

    What should I do? Will this lethargy get better with time? Should I try 1/4 of the tablet? 

    My doctor advised to switch the Propranolol to Atenolol because the nights were rough with only the Propranolol...

    Today I felt calmer in the morning (I usually cry for a while after waking up) but it was more like I couldn’t quite wake up...

    Should I wait it out? 

    I am laying in bed most of the day and in the afternoon I make myself get up and move. But early in the day I’ve been too sick and weak and today lethargic... I am still in denial and this is hard to accept.

    How long did it take you to accept this illness and have a more positive attitude?

    Thank you all for being there ❤️


  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

     I feel like I can now try the Propanol without being afraid. I thought it was Metoprolol but it is actually Propanolol. Would this make a difference?

    My BP is low, not high- around 100/60 and does not change much. What varies is the HR.

    StayAtHomeMom, when I read that you homeschool too I cried and cried :). I have 4 kids 16, 14, 10 and 3. The first and third work well on their own but the second has special needs and needs more supervision. The 16 yo does Homeschool Connections online and the 10 yo we pick and choose curriculum for every subject.

    We’ve had friends helping me these weeks because I can’t function until about noon. I am thinking that the anxiety is making everything worse but again I am afraid to try anything...

    Would you please share with me what has worked for you for anxiety? Is there anything mild that could just give me a little boost?

    Perhaps like you all say, if the Prpanolol helps with the tachycardia at night, I will be able to sleep better and feel happier as a result.

    You are all a blessing to me ❤️


  19. Thanks so much everybody! You are so good by sharing your experience and all you have learned along the way. 

    I will have an appointment at OHSU in Portland at the Autonomic disorders clinic at some point. They say no sooner than a month. I was thinking about calling other specialists in Washington hoping I could see someone sooner...

    A doctor recommended me to use progesterone cream at night. So I did last night and the tachycardia improved, and I wasn’t so anxious in the morning! I will continue to use it and I hope the effect will last.

    Here in Eugene OR all specialists I’ve seen have suggested a weird virus messing up things and suggested waiting it out to get better. All labs and studies have come up normal including ANA for autoimmune.

    My husband and I have checked BP and HR flat vs standing after 3min. My BP doesn’t change much but the HR always goes up more than 20beats. Would this make a Dx?

    My biggies are the extreme weakness/my eyes refuse to open and nausea in the mornings...with anxiety and feeling of complete failure for not being able to care for my family... specially because we homeschool! And the sickness I feel after eating- eyes closing, palpitations, feeling of fullness.

    As the day goes by I can get up for some time, do a few chores in the evenings... but I am not eating much because I dread it so... Getting weaker though.

     I was given Metoprolol 10 mg for the night tachycardia but have been afraid to use it... I hoped it would go away on its own... I used to sleep on my left side but now I can’t, it’s like the heart gets squished and doesn’t like it and I am forced to open my chest and sleep face up...

    Please forgive me for complaining so... Many of you have had it much harder for years... this is all so new to me...

    Blessings to all! Thank you for being there and caring!

     

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