Let me give you a little lesson in how not to mess yourself up. So, some of you know that I was put on a medication to help the inflammation from the histamine intolerance and MCAS, and it’s supposed to help stabilize my mast cells little. Well, I misunderstood how the meds work, and boy did I mess up my body.
First, the medication does help a lot. For the first few weeks, I barely needed any Benadryl at all. And my body just generally felt better. However, somehow, I got it in my head that that meant I could go ahead and eat higher histamine foods again, and that it would take care of that issue. And that was a major mistake.
Long story short: I’ve been eating a number of foods that I normally can’t, and my body is inflamed like hell. And I now understand that, while the medication helps control reactions, it does not make it safe for me to eat the higher histamine foods. I’m going to have to go on a histamine detox, so to speak, and clear out the inflammation from the foods I’ve been eating. My medication helps manage the issue, but it doesn’t fix the core problem — which really, there is no fix for.
I’m sure going to miss some of the foods I added back in again, but I’m not going to miss the fact that I have way too many aches and pains again, and that I recently pulled two different muscles in the past two weeks, and my neck and hip are severely inflamed. There’s a very good chance that the muscle pulls either wouldn’t have happened, or they wouldn’t be nearly so bad, if I hadn’t been screwing myself over.
So it’s back to a low histamine diet, and trying to keep low-carb with it — which is difficult. And hopefully in a couple weeks, I’ll be back to no Benadryl and a body that feels much calmer again.
(And just an FYI: my doctor did not do a bad job in explaining the medication to me. Neither did pharmacist. I think I just heard what I wanted to hear, which I don’t usually do, but I think in this case, yeah, wishful thinking).