Have you ever experienced sensations of tingling, pricking, chilling, burning, numbness or weakness? What about unexplained stabbing pain?
Those symptoms are your nerves’ way of telling you that something is wrong. Sometimes people talk about a crawling feeling, an itch under their skin, or pins and needles. You can have symptoms occur in the same place, or they might move around to different parts of your body.
You’ve likely experienced numbness and tingling after sitting on the floor for too long or falling asleep with your arm in an unusual position, but these symptoms disappear quickly when you move the affected limbs and take pressure off the nerves. When symptoms come and go without pressure on your nerves, or are present on an ongoing basis, then it is important to identify underlying factors.
Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as paresthesia (1). Where MCAS is concerned, a diagnosis of idiopathic paresthesia may be present where doctors have been unable to find the cause.
There are many factors that contribute to these symptoms, including restriction of a nerve for structural reasons, various autoimmune and neurological conditions, or damage to the central nervous system, so it is important to discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor or primary practitioner, so that factors other than histamine or other chemical mediators can be ruled out.
Why does someone experience these symptoms with Histamine Intolerance or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome? Nerves and mast cells are in close proximity to one another. The chemical mediators from degranulation of mast cells can contribute to inflammation and physical injury of neurons (2).
Have you struggled to figure out why your nerves are sending annoying signals? Could it be these signals are happening because your mast cells are releasing inflammatory mediators that are impacting your nerves?
If you have been diagnosed with MCAS or think it might be at the root of your symptoms, this explanation could be what’s underlying your symptoms.
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Discuss other ways you can stabilize your mast cells with your practitioner.