Please excuse the length of my post.
I have been considering common symptoms and a member's recent post about mucin has made me think. I would like to look into theory that suggests symptoms could be more of an immune issue than previously thought.
I am 5ft tall and weigh over 13 stone. Strict dieting may lead to minimal temporary loss but it reaches a plateau and creeps back up again. My weight generally doesn't fluctuate, regardless of dietary intake or activity. The mucin just sits under the surface of my skin and 'stagnates' It is especially bad in areas corresponding to intersections of the lymphatic system.
I have heard that the mucin is likely an accumulation of protein rich lymph fluid.
Over the years I have developed groups of hard painful lipomas in these areas.
Only the swelling of my extremities and face can vary during the day. I have suffered with these symptoms since I gave birth in 2004, but have only been on Levothyroxine since late 2015.
Over exertion, pressure on skin, some foods and particular medications drastically increase my edema and set of a number of different reactions.
The theory is:
When faced with these triggers, the oversensitive immune system overreacts and leads to mass degranulation of mast cells. Antihistamines can block the histame receptors in cells to prevent inflamation, but in the meantime the molecules still in the system are recirculated from the blood stream to the lymph system. The overloaded lymphatics ore overwhelmed and get backed up; thus leading to the congestion problems we all experience.
It took a long time to get this bad, so I suppose I can't expect a sudden miraculous recovery. Since my hypothyroidism is immune related, there's a strong possibility it's connected to a Mast Cell disorder. It's relevant that sufferers have other autoimmune conditions, ie chrohns, autoimmune arthritis, lupus, endometriosis
Question; Do any other Hashimoto's sufferers on this forum have recognised allergic triggers? Symptoms can be digestive, respiratory, dermatological (hives) and systemic.