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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Wed, Jul 29 4:02pm · View  

Surgery for Sunken Breastbone Reshapes Patient's Chest, Shapes Career Path

After her surgery, Rebecca Uhl helped Dr. Dawn Jaroszewski promote the procedure to repair excavatum. Written by Rebecca Uhl

“My chest just has a dent.” “Everyone is unique, and this is simply the way I was made.”

This is what I told myself growing up, being unaware that I had a congenital chest wall deformity known as pectus excavatum.

As a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia pursuing a marketing degree and with a passion for extreme sports, I didn’t have time to consider that something could be wrong. Then one day, a family member in the medical field urged me to research the impact the dent in my chest could be having on my heart. [...]

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Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss (@cindyweiss) posted · Recent activity · Wed, Jul 29 2:53pm · View  

Patient Comes to Mayo for Foot Surgery, Receives Lifesaving Surprise

Virgil Jernigan is enjoying his retirement thanks to  surgery to repair a leaky mitral valve.When Virgil Jernigan came to Mayo Clinic for foot surgery, he was in for a lifesaving surprise. During an exam before his surgery, he mentioned to his nurse practitioner that he had been feeling fatigued and short of breath. So she ordered cardiac testing. Virgil was shocked to learn he had a leaking mitral valve – a potentially life-threatening heart condition.  [...]

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natty (@natty) responded:

I'm sorry not really sure if I'm on the right spot to message.. Please help me

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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) responded:

Hi, Natty. I'm sorry to hear that. Here's a link to information about Chiari malformation, including various treatment options: If you would like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, please contact the Appointment office. You can find numbers for our various locations here: I hope this is helpful to you.

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Jude (@judyf) posted · Thu, Jul 23 9:38am · View  

I had a traumatic nerve injury, the brachial plexis. I took a fall on my ranch here in CA and my shoulder somehow got caught in the 4x4 pig wire fence and dislocated my shoulder and fractured it. I could not feel my arm for a while. They did surgery immediately. My whole are was numb like when you go to the dentist and have novicane and it is just wearing off. Except, it never wears off. My fingers spasm so bad that I have to actually pull my fingers away from the palm of my hand. I am on meds to no avail. The numbness/tingling is now only about 4 inches above the wrist in to my fingers. I have lots of gross motor skills, but the fine motor skills are not so good. I cannot hold a knife to cut anything as my hand starts to spasm and forget it. I either have someone cut my food, or I eat like a heathen. I don't go out to eat any more. My hand has atrophied. Anyone have any suggestions? My neurologist says this is as good as it gets. I was told I have made more progress than they have ever seen. I want more! I want to be normal!

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may mcwilliams (@maymcwilliams) posted · Sat, Jul 18 9:52pm · View  

Can any one help my nephew ? He is only 30yrs of age and suffers from severe epilepsy at this moment in time he is in a physiocrat unit here in Scotland.The boy has not been able to lead a normal life worko or drive ,have a girlfriend the same as all young people his age.Now he is suffering a break down because doctors here do not have an answer ,his illness can not be stabilized .This young man is desperate can some one at the Mayo please advise l am desperate .

SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic) responded:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide second opinions or make specific treatment recommendations through this correspondence. Here is the link to Mayo Clinic's International Services: If you would like to be evaluated here, they will be able to advise you on how to proceed.

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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Wed, Jul 8 8:49am · View  

Walking by Faith, and Now by Sight

Jenny Peterson signs copies of her book, "She Walked by Faith, Not by Sight."In many ways, Jenny Peterson was like other mothers of young children. She cooked and baked, cleaned and washed clothes, and cheered her children on from the sidelines of their activities. In one significant way, though, Jenny was different: She did all of these things without sight.

Jenny lost her vision in 1976, after having a severe reaction to antibiotics. "I developed toxic epidermal necrolysis, and lost 100 percent of my skin, my hair and fingernails," says Jenny, a resident of Vermillion, South Dakota. She was just 23 at the time. Her children, just 2 and 5.

The antibiotics were meant to treat a sore throat. But her reaction was life-threatening. It caused Jenny's skin and mucous membranes to blister and peel. It also caused scarring in both of her eyes. She walked out of the hospital after 96 days, alive but functionally blind. "I could see shapes and light, but that was about it," she says. "I could walk around my own home, but I couldn't drive. I couldn't read. I couldn't see my children clearly."  [...]

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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Thu, Jul 2 3:25pm · View  

Cardiac Rehabilitation Helps Ardis Kyker Improve Her Health, Lose Weight and Avoid Surgery

Ardis Kyker with her cardiac rehabilitation therapist, Whitney Quast.Back in 2014, Ardis Kyker was at home going about her daily routine when she experienced tightening in her chest. The pain went away as soon as she sat down to rest, so she proceeded with her day.

Later, while pushing a cart at a grocery store, the pain returned with more intensity. So Ardis checked in at the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota. While test results ruled out a heart attack, the team in the Emergency Department scheduled her for a stress test because of the pain she was feeling on exertion. [...]

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Nicole Engler (@nicole bennett engler) posted · Thu, Jul 2 2:39pm · View  

One Mayo – Running for a Cure

For the past four years, I’ve heard the buzz about the 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. While I always felt it was a wonderful cause — with proceeds benefiting Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research — it wasn’t until I recently participated in the event that I came to realize just how truly special this event is for both cancer survivors and non-survivors alike.

While I haven’t been personally impacted by breast cancer, it’s a cause that has been close to my heart. And about a year ago, my uncle’s girlfriend, Mary, was diagnosed, so breast cancer hit closer to home. So I — along with friends and colleagues from Rochester and Duluth Minn., formed a relay team and excitedly headed to Jacksonville to share in this unique event.

When I arrived at Jacksonville’s airport, I was greeted with a large “Welcome 26.2 with Donna participants” sign. En route to my hotel, I spotted pink banners hanging from light poles. And when I checked in, the hotel lobby was a sea of pink shirts — clearly others sporting marathon spirit. Over the course of the day, I continued to see marathon signs and overheard excited conversations of others looking forward to the “big day.” My teammates — Sarah Christensen, Kelli-Fee Schroeder, and Amy Stoller Stearns — and I were energized!

The morning of the race, we awoke before the sun, anxious for our race debut. We were surprised that we could hear the buzz before we got to the lobby of other excited participants waiting for transportation. The excitement was electric. Once we arrived at Mayo Clinic, where the race began and ended, we were speechless as we looked around at the nearly 10,000 other participants from all walks of life and wearing every imaginable shade of pink. Some even wore full-on costumes with pink wigs, fun socks and very “creative” team names on their shirts.


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Maeve (@frankandmaeve) responded:

No comment at the moment as at the moment i am scared out of my wits after self diagnosing Pagets Breast disease.

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Margaret Shepard (@Margaret_Marie) posted · Thu, Jul 2 9:36am · View  

Research forges path to effective treatment for sclerosing mesenteritis

Carol Bolton outside Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Carol Bolton enjoys a breath of fresh air between appointments outside Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

With more than three decades of experience as a nurse and nurse manager, Carol Bolton of Exeter, Calif., was acquainted with most medical conditions. But in 2004 when she began experiencing abdominal pain along with episodes of diarrhea or constipation, she was baffled by what it could be. Most likely, she thought, it was related to grief over the abrupt death of her husband of 35 years.

But when the pain persisted and grew worse, she saw a gastroenterologist, who ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan. Carol was shocked to learn that a mass (about the size of a quarter) had been found in her mesentery. The mesentery, a membrane that anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall, is comprised of delicate folds or leaves filled with blood vessels and nerves. [...]

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LS4 (@lisas444) responded:

Hi Missy - We now have 100 in our group and i'd love to add you! Sorry your husband has been diagnosed with this. This disease can wreak havoc for a while as you first enter it sometimes which looks like has happened with you guys. My kiddo (she was diagnosed at age 14 and now 22) has been back inpatient the 7 of the last 11 weeks (2 more hospitalizations) (we have more days [...]

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LS4 (@lisas444) responded:

Hi Missy - We now have 100 in our group and i'd love to add you! Sorry your husband has been diagnosed with this. This disease can wreak havoc for a while as you first enter it sometimes which looks like has happened with you guys. My kiddo (she was diagnosed at age 14 and now 22) has been back inpatient the 7 of the last 11 weeks (2 more hospitalizations) (we have more days [...]

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