Not enough is known about MCAS. However, it may be one of the more important medical findings of our time. In a follow up interview, Dr. Matthew Hamilton shares that there are many theories about the basic mechanisms of MCA that may contribute to GI symptoms. This is especially important for dysautonomia patients who have also been diagnosed with MCAS.
A large number of mast cell activation disorder patients carry a concurrent diagnosis of Dysautonomia, a collection of conditions associated with dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
Chronic illness is hard to live with. By definition, a chronic illness is an ongoing, long-term disease or illness that does not typically have a cure. When your life has been upended by illness, it’s not uncommon to experience bouts of sadness and even depression. The Cleveland Clinic* reports that an estimated one-third of the people suffering from chronic illness will experience depression.
Patients with multi-system disorders of regulation, such as dysautonomias, must advocate for themselves and take responsibility for managing their own health. The concept of “flip the clinic” addresses this need. It is where patients and health care practitioners improve medical care together.