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Feb 5, 2014 by saraf17 · View  

Colorado Nurse Finds Answers to Medical Mystery

Written by Sara Jacobsen

Everyone who visits the Mayo Clinic has a story. Though my story may be a lot like all of the other patients who have come and gone through the Mayo Clinic system, I want to share my gratitude for the organization, facility and clinic that Mayo is.

Sara JacobsenThe year 2013 proved to be a bit of a roller coaster for me. I started out with bowel and bladder difficulty that ultimately spread to affect my neurological system and breathing. I had seen every specialist and had more tests done than I ever knew were possible. In August, I started worsening. I was having difficulty taking a deep breath in, while having increased right sided weakness, fatigue and numbness. The whole array of diagnoses were thrown at me (ALS, MS, Cancer, Myasthenia Gravis, and everything in between). I was placed on oxygen at night and it was becoming difficult to have enough energy to care for my two young boys (ages 3 and 5). I continued to work as a nurse, but I wasn't as effective as I had been.

In October, things continued to worsen. I had to stop running because my right foot was becoming numb, and I had to limit my activity because it was becoming more and more difficult to breathe. By the time I decided to come to the Mayo Clinic (the best place in the world for medicine) in November, it was hard for me to drive home at night because of the numbness in my right foot, it was getting difficult to make it through a day of work, and I had no energy for my kids. The quality of life I had was diminishing quickly. [...]

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Shana13 responded Mon, Oct 26 at 6:27pm CST · View

I want to thank you so much for sharing your story. It is my exact story. I was told today i have Hashimotos. However ive been battling thyroid stuff for years. Today I wasn't feeling well so I went in to get checked out and I ask the doctor what kind of thyroid problems I had and she said. I had a test done in May and its Hashimoto's. I'm kind of upset. If I [...]


ConnieRose responded Mon, Nov 9 at 4:12pm CST · View

I have been suffering for almost 5 years and at first I had terrible back pain and left leg pain and my left leg is very weak and has numbness and weakness and tingling so the doctor diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease and sciatica and I have had two left knee scopes and I have been going to pain management to get injections in my back and for my sciatica but the pain comes [...]

Edited: 11/09/2015 @ 4:21pm

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