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Wed, Apr 13 at 1:13pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

New Surgery for Scoliosis Keeps Teen Agile and Active

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Camden Christopherson (second from left) with Stephen Cassivi, M.D., A. Noelle Larson, M.D., and Teresa Christopherson.

Camden Christopherson is an athlete: volleyball, basketball, softball, cross-country. She does them all. So when doctors told her, at age 13, that she had to wear a brace for 22 hours a day to combat scoliosis, and surgery to fuse her spine was likely in her future, Camden was devastated.

These treatments could help correct the severe spinal curve that had developed quickly during a growth spurt, her doctors said. But Camden didn't want to give up her flexibility and freedom of movement. And her mother, Teresa Christopherson, wasn't ready to accept that a brace and fusion surgery were her daughter's only choices.

"I wanted a second opinion," Teresa says. "I wasn't going to go forward based on one recommendation, so we went to Mayo."

At Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, mother and daughter met A. Noelle Larson, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, who discussed another possibility with them: anterior vertebral body tethering, or VBT, a new surgery for scoliosis that doesn't involve fusing vertebrae together. It was just the answer they needed.  [...]

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Is this a possible for someone 50 of age?

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Jun 30, 2009 by @barb sorensen · View  

Mayo's Peregrine Falcons

I look forward to spring on the Mayo Clinic downtown campus in Rochester. The grass finally turns green after wintering under the snow, the flowers make their appearance and add an amazing burst of color to the campus, and the peregrine falcons return to their home atop of the Guggenheim Building. I enjoy watching the little fledglings turn from snowy white balls of fluff into adult falcons. This year, there are three fledglings to watch.

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Thanks to a “falcon cam” that is fed live to the Mayo television system, visitors and staff are able to watch the falcons go about their daily life. A television with the channel set to the falcon cam can be found in the subway of the Mayo Building, next to the patient cafeteria. On occasion, I pass the TV on my way to and from meetings.

When I pass by early in the morning, the fledglings are frequently sitting at the edge of the nest looking for their mom to bring breakfast. Some mornings when I walk by mom has already finished her hunting expedition and is feeding her family.

As the days go by, the birds have less white fluff on their bodies and more of the look of an adult peregrine falcon. As I walked by the other morning (mid-June), I realized they are nearly full-grown. It won’t be long before they head out on their own and the nest will again be empty…until next spring.

On a side note: each year, Mayo asks people to submit names for the new falcons. This year, the names were announced on the day the baby birds were banded. The names are: Thunderbolt, Aeroslick and Taraja.

Barb Sorensen is a consultant in the Department of Public Affairs in Rochester.

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Fri, Apr 22 at 9:13am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Following Her Father's Last Words, Vivian Finds New Life Because of Mayo Clinic

VivianTsai805Vivian Tsai remembers the last words her father said to her: "See a doctor." He recognized her symptoms.

For years, puzzling symptoms and a troubling medical condition had stalked their family. Growing up in Taiwan, Vivian was athletic and seemed to be healthy. However, she began to lose strength in her early 30s and went to the doctor with her father, Paul. Vivian was told she had a heart condition. "But no one really explained the problem to me," she says.

At first, Vivian was able to dismiss the symptoms. She even competed in a triathlon at age 40. But as she watched another member of her family struggle with symptoms she recognized in herself, her own condition became harder to ignore.

Over time, Vivian's symptoms had taken hold of her life, affecting her daily activities. She was not able to talk for more than 30 seconds without losing breath. While eating dinner, Vivian would often have to lie down for half an hour before returning to her meal because she would become so tired and lightheaded. Vivian's fear of having arrhythmia attacks also hindered her social life.

"I was afraid to go out on my own even to take a simple walk in the park," she says. "I didn't dare do that by myself."  [...]

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Aug 15, 2014 by @iggeez1416 · View  

Mystery Solved – Diagnosis Moves Patient from Frustration to Peace of Mind and a Plan

Karen Gibson at Mayo Clinic with her husband. I want to share my story to possibly help another person and to hopefully help others who are still facing their own health unknowns.

I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, major skin problems, muscle weakness, escalating eye issues, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I moved to Georgia with more and more symptoms. I developed relationships with new doctors and developed new symptoms – seizures and heart-related syncope. I went to see a neurologist, who began to run tests. In the meantime, I had regular quarterly blood panels by my regular physician, who upon reporting to me by phone noted no irregularities. I was told time and time again to stop chasing a diagnosis. My family continued to watch my decline.

After running numerous tests, my neurologist could only ascertain that I may have had some mini-strokes. My neurologist referred me to a major university hospital. After two visits, and being practically laughed out of the place, I began to have serious doubts about my symptoms and began to believe the many specialists and psychologists who told me it was emotional response.  [...]

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livalot responded Wed, Apr 6 at 4:58am CDT · View

Hi, I have been diagnosed with MG and RA. I had my thymus gland removed that had a benign tumor on it. I am now getting infusions. I also am in Georgia and have thought if things don't get better with my next infusion of getting referred to the Mayo Clinic. I go on Medicare in a few months and am not sure how that works. Did you go to Florida or Minnesota for help? [...]

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cherishjames responded Mon, Apr 18 at 6:28am CDT · View

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Aug 5, 2015 by @HoytFinnamore · View  

Turning off the Tremors -- Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Patient Enjoy Little Things Again

Mary Daugherty is now able to enjoy the little things like flying a kite after a deep brain stimulation procedure to stop her tremor. Mary Daugherty just wanted to sit still. For nearly four decades, the 73-year-old experienced tremors in her hands, arms and head. In 2014, she decided to do something about it.

Mary’s journey began when she was in her mid-30s and started to notice a slight trembling in her upper extremities. “I thought I just got excited or nervous, scared or tired,” she says. “When others started remarking on my tremors, I decided to seek a medical explanation.”  [...]

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dsbrownowl responded Wed, Feb 24 at 7:28pm CDT · View

I am dealing with a trifecta, ET, RLS and Bipolar disorder. Even as I write this post I struggle with the mouse and key pad. My Dr. prescribed Propanol to help with side effects of my phyc. meds. Which can be violent. My great grandmother had tremors as she grew older (80 or 90) my onset was in my early twentys . I was sent to a neurologist, he said hold out your arms, then [...]

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taterbug responded Thu, Apr 14 at 5:34pm CDT · View

I was a police officer when my tremor became so bad I couldn't hide it any longer. It took a while and several meds before the tried and true primidone at a very high dose worked. Lots of headaches and dizziness in the beginning but now my body is accustomed to it and there are no side effects, except the obvious ... I don't shake anymore! When I retired, I decided to stop taking primidone [...]

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Dec 24, 2012 by @Margaret_Marie · View  

Relief for pain caused by Chiari type I malformation

Sean Murphy on the ski slopes

After surgery for a Chiari malformation, Sean Murphy is back to skiing and his other normal pastimes.

When Sean Murphy's chronic headaches set in, they first bothered him after physical exertion, then after a stressful day at work.

Within months, the headaches were constant, always localized in the back of his head. The pain became debilitating.

Murphy consulted his family doctor and was referred to a neurologist. His hometown physicians were stumped.

Murphy was referred to Mayo Clinic, where he was diagnosed with Chiari malformation type I, a rare condition in which the brain tissue at the back of the head protrudes into the spinal canal. The disorder causes a variety of neurological symptoms, but is treatable.

Mayo Clinic physicians initially sought to relieve Murphy's symptoms with medication, but as his health continued to worsen they decided surgery was his best option. [...]

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Gerriann responded Apr 9, 2015 · View

My son is 37---his story is almost identical to Sean's, but, unfortunately, though he had surgery 2 years ago at the Chiari Care Center in Denver, he still suffers debilitating headaches. He has been having 30-50 botox injections in his skull every 90 days for some relief. The last treatment does not seem to be working. Does Mayo have any further advice? Our son works as a construction superintendent/ has 4 children & a wonderful [...]

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angelbrown2472 responded Tue, Apr 12 at 9:05am CDT · View

What was the mm measurement of your protrusion?

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Tue, Apr 12 at 7:58am CDT by @dolor63 · View  

Have chronic cluster headaches. 47 years. Any info on this exhsusting pain would be helpfull. Tried evrtything. Live in connecticut.

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Apr 20, 2010 by @csmmayo · View  

ESCP (Edie's Spinal Cord Problem)

I don't even know how to begin to tell this story, but I know I have to write down what has happened in my life over the past few years. It has been a roller coaster ride with new situations and events like never before.

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Edie and Noble

In April 2005, while camping with my husband Noble and our dog Sam and cat JoJo at Lincoln Rock State Park, I had a weird vertigo experience which passed quickly but then some slight dizziness reoccurred off and on for about a year. After seeing several doctors I was diagnosed with an inner ear virus which they said would go away and it did.

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JILLY79 responded Aug 25, 2014 · View

What a great story... I'm so glad you had your true answer.I need to schedule an appointment at mayo clinic, as they are simply the best!! Peace to you and your hubby..

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ron123 responded Mon, Apr 11 at 3:09pm CDT · View

This is a wonderful story about how God works. His mysterious ways. My son called last week to tell me he has been diagnosed with MS. After freaking out I logged onto this site to learn more. I'll be here quite often I'm sure. After a long series of tests and more tests they have him on Betaseron injections every other day. This will be a long process and I'm so glad I found this [...]

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Sun, Apr 10 at 8:18am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Heart Transplant Opens Door to Leading a Full Life

TaraBrigham2-805For 33-year-old Tara Brigham of Jacksonville, Florida, living with a heart condition since birth wasn't something that was going to get in the way of living an active normal life. In fact, she says the heart transplant she received six years ago as a result of her condition has made her life even more fulfilling.

A Minnesota native, Tara was diagnosed with enlargement of the heart during a routine checkup when she was 1 year old. While she had not had any symptoms of a heart problem since birth, the enlargement was significant enough that her physician at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus suggested that a biopsy of her heart should be done right away. She was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. The thickened heart muscle can make it harder for the heart to pump blood throughout the body to vital organs.

Tara's heart was monitored closely by her doctors at Mayo Clinic and later a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy specialist at the University of Minnesota. Since Tara was an active, healthy child otherwise, and what was known about her condition in children was limited, she was not put on medication, but doctors advised that she avoid strenuous activities.  [...]

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Nov 21, 2014 by @HoytFinnamore · View  

Learning a New Way to Live, With Pain

Carl White enjoys time with his family now that he's learned to manage his chronic pain. Look at Carl White today and you see a busy, content family man. A husband and father of two, Carl recently completed his bachelor's degree and now is pursuing a master's in social work. When he's not in school or studying, you'll likely find him either at his job as a health unit coordinator at Mayo Clinic Hopsital, Saint Marys Campus, in Rochester, Minnesota, or spending time with his family.

At first glance, Carl may seem like any typical, hardworking dad. Rewind a few years, though, and you'll understand just how far Carl has come and the enormous struggles he has had to overcome.

Back in 2009, Carl was consumed with chronic pain — the result of two serious accidents. He attempted to cope by taking steady doses of strong pain medication, along with a significant amount of alcohol. But it provided little relief.

"I was in constant pain. I couldn't think. I couldn't function. My family was falling apart. I didn't know what to do," Carl says. "Time seemed to go so slowly while waiting for a magic bullet, a new medical breakthrough that would take all the pain away. I believed that all I needed was to have the right surgery or find the right pill, and I would be cured."

 "I was in constant pain. I couldn't think. I couldn't function. My family was falling apart. I didn't know what to do."

Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Angry and discouraged after several years of dealing with the pain, he was not receptive when a doctor at Mayo Clinic referred him to Mayo's Pain Rehabilitation Center.  [...]

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graphikat responded Thu, Apr 7 at 10:48pm CDT · View

I'd like to know what these pain rehab programs cost.

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Perhaps this link will be helpful: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance.

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Mon, Apr 4 at 9:39pm CDT by @jenny925 · View  

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Fri, Apr 1 at 5:31pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

A New Weapon in the Arsenal for Patient With Stubborn Cancer: Proton Beam Therapy

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Audra Popp has a rare tumor – anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, also known as anaplastic PXA. Only a handful of people are diagnosed with this condition each year. Audra is the first person at Mayo Clinic with anaplastic PXA to be treated with proton beam therapy.

Audra had 20 proton beam therapy sessions to try to destroy fast-growing cells possibly left behind after surgery.

But proton beam therapy is just the latest step in the battle against Audra's tumor. She's had five craniotomies since 2001, and she has a scar from her right ear to the crown of her head as evidence. She had surgeries at Mayo in 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015. She also has had three regimens of chemotherapy through the years and six weeks of radiation therapy at Mayo Clinic in 2007.

The tumor has become more aggressive. And each time her surgeons think they have it completely removed, it comes back. [...]

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Jan 15, 2013 by @MakalaJohnson · View  

Unraveling the Mystery of Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

Imagine listening in real time to the thump, thump of your own heartbeat, the rush of your blood pulsing through your veins, and even the slightest twitch of your eyes - all in surround sound.  Those are but a few of the symptoms that Wendy Tapper was experiencing when she arrived at the Mayo Clinic in May of 2012.

The Journey to Mayo

Wendy TapperOutgoing and energetic Wendy, of Kansas City, Mo., enjoyed a career as a producer and publicist.  Bringing people and ideas together was second nature to Wendy and aided in her determination to find the answers in her own health care.

For three years prior to coming to Mayo Clinic in spring 2012, Wendy went from doctor to doctor and endured batteries of tests, scans, appointments and misdiagnoses.  Her rare condition ultimately revealed by Mayo physicians was masked in part by two distinct illnesses - breast cancer and a stroke. 

While those illnesses and the treatments Wendy was receiving are life-altering, they were compounded with the escalation of an underlying third and separate issue.  It was the escalation of her symptoms of dizziness, hearing loss and a drastically diminishing quality of life that brought Wendy to Mayo Clinic. [...]

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singergirl responded Fri, Apr 1 at 10:37am CDT · View

Thank you so much.

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leftscds responded Fri, Apr 1 at 11:07am CDT · View

This is documented in multiple site study that you can find on website....very well known in Sarasota area....where I went but not severe enough to try any surgery.....good luck....nice facility...study as much as you can but it might be a solution for day surgery only....I believe for partial closure of round window and the hole in semicircular canal then supposedly takes over the function of the round window.....releasing the traveling wave. look into it as [...]

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Thu, Mar 31 at 1:45pm CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Lung Cancer Patient Survives With Help of Novel Procedure, Celebrates Next Generation of Innovation

Raegan Cury

Raegan Cury didn’t worry at first when she developed a cough in early 2002 that wouldn’t go away. She was a healthy young woman, athletic, a former gymnast, and her initial chest X-ray showed what looked like pneumonia.

Even her husband, a pulmonologist, wasn't too worried, until she received a surprising diagnosis. “I never thought it was going to be bronchoalveolar lung cancer,” says her husband, Dave Cury, M.D.

Raegan, who lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, had surgery to remove the cancer and woke up with just one lung, due to the extent of the disease. The surgery was followed by four rounds of chemotherapy, but in 2003, tests found cancer nodules throughout her remaining lung. 

That was a dark period for Reagan and her family. She and her husband started their two young children, Chandler and Davis, in grief counseling.  [...]

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Jul 19, 2013 by @LaurenVenoy · View  

Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

Mayo Clinic lung-transplant patient, Larry Rawdon, shares how the harmonica can help other patients breath easier.

After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Prior to coming to Mayo Clinic, Rawdon had little hope of his condition improving. But a chance meeting in 2005 at a music festival with cardiothoracic surgeon Octavio E. Pajaro, M.D., changed his outlook on his condition and created hope for Rawdon and his family.

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johnpellechia responded Tue, Mar 29 at 9:07pm CDT · View

I was a good friend of Larry Rawdon when he was a Cellist at the Broadway musical CATS. I was a Police Officer that worked the Winter Garden Theatre. I would like to get in touch with him if possible. If you could somehow relay my e-mail address to him it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Nov 6, 2013 by @mayoclinic · View  

Life after C. difficile

Dianne Shea thought that the fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and endless bouts of diarrhea from C. diff would take away her independence. But after a fecal transplant, she says, "My life began again."  

Diane Shea with her fan clubWritten by Dianne Shea

I've been a paraplegic and a Mayo Clinic patient for more than 10 years. My legs decided to stop working over a period of just a few short months due to a spinal tumor. So I didn't think I was a stranger to adversity. Then I met a nasty little bug they call C. difficile. The name is not ironic. At first I thought I had a very violent form of the flu with fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and (the worst by far) countless, endless bouts of diarrhea.

My days were filled with nothing more than being assisted to the bathroom, cleaning up, getting back into bed, then starting all over again, weaker than before. I required around-the-clock care. I couldn't get dressed, could hardly eat anything, didn't have enough energy to do the smallest of tasks, and couldn't have any fun. Most importantly, I couldn't get through physical therapies for my legs.

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Cecelia Truax Basilotto responded Nov 22, 2013 · View

I have been with C/Diff and also MRSA for almost 4 yrs. Also nagged constantly with UTI. So once the C/Diff was gone the first time and the UTI kept coming back , I knew I was in trouble again. This time also gastro paresis. Many more trips to Mayo , more procedures, more meds. until enough of the infection is gone for possibly another transplant. I am so emotional over this whole thing.. Another [...]

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jferrara2283 responded Mon, Mar 28 at 2:18pm CDT · View

I have been battling an infection for at least five months now. I think people need to be aware of the HUGE antibiotic problem that can result in "superbugs," and worse, antibiotic resistant infections. Truthfully, I never believed this until it happened to me. Sophomore year of high school, I shattered my nose while playing basketball. A week later, my nose was reconstructed so that I could breath properly. It was so damaged, they could [...]

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Sat, Mar 19 at 11:43am CDT by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Back in the Symphony After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

Stewart Rosen in back in tune after surgery for acoustic neuroma.Stewart Rosen was beyond anxious when he learned he had a tumor the size of a walnut by his right ear. The tumor was benign. But Stewart, an accountant by day and violinist by night, worried that removing the tumor, an acoustic neuroma, might affect his ability to play music.

"I'd never had any kind of surgery or hospitalization before," he says. And with the surgery he'd need to remove this tumor, Stewart knew that he'd lose hearing in his right ear. That wasn't all. "I was afraid a facial nerve might become paralyzed or my vision would be affected," he says.

Stewart noticed a change in his hearing in his right ear, and a friend had recommended he see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. That doctor detected a major difference in hearing between Stewart's ears and ordered an MRI to rule out a brain tumor. Unfortunately, the MRI pointed to an acoustic neuroma.  [...]

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anthop responded Sun, Mar 27 at 11:27pm CDT · View

Yes. I had an Acoustic Neuroma removed in 1993. My Love for music was and will be forever unchannged. MRI's, and tests reveals, Alzeheimer's Dementia, Frontal Lobe Degeneration, Parkinson's Disease. Muscular Diseases. I have had extensive tests and Medical Records at the NIH Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Release forms have been signed but no certain specific, Trial. Could you please help me with information on Genome Therapy. Many issues, cause discomfort to my body all [...]

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Dec 13, 2012 by @Margaret_Marie · 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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msvivian responded Sun, Mar 27 at 9:31pm CDT · View

This message is for anyone who has been diagnosed with mesenteric panniculitis, also known as sclerosing mesenteritis, who is looking to be part of private Facebook support group called "Sclerosing Mesenteritis." The group has people from all over the United States and numerous other countries such as Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and a few other countries. We network with each other and compare notes on symptoms and treatments and doctors. We try to support [...]

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msvivian responded Sun, Mar 27 at 9:33pm CDT · View

To Hoffy from Australia and to Royal from Florida: Please read my message above so that you can join our private Facebook support group called "Sclerosing Mesenteritis."

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Dec 8, 2012 by @Margaret_Marie · View  

Heart-double lung transplant

Tara Kline

Tara Kline stands in front of the Minneapolis skyline more than five years after a life-saving heart-double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic.

Tara Kline understands that life can change in an instant. That's because hers has — twice.

A year after Tara, from the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville, Minn., graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and told she would need a heart-double lung transplant.

"It was surreal," says Tara, who credits Mayo Clinic staff with helping her cope with the fear and uncertainty that accompanied the diagnosis.

"The wonderful thing about Mayo Clinic is that you are embraced by a team of providers that truly cares about you," says Tara, who became extremely close to her team during the eight years she spent on the transplant list. [...]

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Steve I responded Feb 23, 2014 · View

The Mayo Clinic is amazing and the people that work there are wonderful. I am so please to hear about positive stories like this. I hope she continues to do well. My brother was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in January of 2012. He was a wounded vet and was being treated at the VA in Minneapolis. Initially, he was going to have a lung transplant at the VA in Madison, WI. As he weakened during [...]

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healthymama responded Sat, Mar 26 at 8:35pm CDT · View

Amazing , so gladto know there such good careing doctors out there! !

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Dec 29, 2012 by @Margaret_Marie · View  

Scuba diving and fine dining are still on the menu for Miami man with neck cancer

John SavianoRespiratory health is important to John Saviano, a man who has led a healthy life, who doesn't smoke, and who drinks only moderately. For years, he routinely made annual visits to two physicians. He saw his regular physician for basic check-ups. Because scuba diving is one of the Miami Beach man's hobbies, he also saw an ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine that his nasal and ear passages were open to ensure safe diving and snorkeling. In 2003, however, a persistent sore throat sent him for an extra visit with his regular ENT physician.

The diagnosis was adult tonsillitis, and the initial treatment was antibiotics. When that treatment brought no improvement, his physician performed a tonsillectomy. John found recovery from that surgery painful and slow. After several weeks of pain, and further visits to the ENT surgeon, it was apparent that something was still wrong. As John put it, "My tonsil grew back." Something was in his throat and could easily be felt. [...]

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bobt responded Fri, Mar 25 at 10:32pm CDT · View

Hi, so happy your in remission. Need to ask a question. My husband is to have 40 visits in the hyperbaric Oxygen chamber. He is 77 and doing well after his tongue cancer 8 yrs ago. With no saliva gland his teeth are breaking off and the risk of infection for dental work is serious. 4 times in the chamber his blood pressure after he came out was 198/100 . He does not have high [...]

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