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General Internal Medicine

February 8, 2018

Back to Nature After Specialized Care for a Disabling Condition

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

When Michael Rybak began to have trouble moving his arms, he feared his days of enjoying the outdoors may be over. But his team at Mayo Clinic was able to diagnosis and successfully treat his rare condition. Now he’s back to doing what he loves.

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Tags: Dermatology, Dr. Floranne Ernste, Dr. Paul Mueller, General Internal Medicine, Rheumatology


September 1, 2013

Eluding the ‘Widow Maker’: The Checkup that Saved His Life

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

“You have to go to know.” George Roberts will tell you he’s a busy man — too busy to worry about a physical. As vice president of a Florida-based road construction and contracting company and chair of two industry groups, he’s got a lot to oversee. Taking time for a doctor’s visit wasn’t on his […]

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Tags: 2267, 3994, 5252, 5255, 5268, 5334, 5335, Dr. Rodriguez, Executive Health, executive physical, Florida, george roberts


March 21, 2013

He Said, She Said: How One Couple Battled Colon Cancer Together

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Sue Willingham remembers the May 2010 day well. She was getting ready to take her two children to school. But before leaving the house, she did what any mom might – use the restroom. But then she noticed she’d lightly soiled her undergarments. Only she didn’t remember it happening. At 45, Willingham was the picture […]

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Tags: 1136, 2246, 3719, 5275, 5334, colo-rectal cancer, colon, Colon Cancer, colonoscopy, MayoClinicFL


March 19, 2012

From Wheelchair to Rock-Climbing in 3 weeks!

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Having gone to several doctors elsewhere without receiving answers, this previously athletic student, Nick, and his mom, Becky, arrived to Mayo Clinic. They were exhausted. Nick was bundled up in many layers and in a wheelchair. Five minutes into his first appointment, Dr. Phil Fischer diagnosed Nick with POTS and Autonomic Dysfunction. He started the three-week Pediatric Pain […]

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Tags: 5273, 5292, 5307, 5335, Autonomic Dysfunction, Becky, Dr. Barbara Bruce, Nick, Pain, pediatric, Phil Fischer, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome


April 8, 2011

From Ohio to Minnesota – Spleen Removal

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Lee Howard received a suggestion from a local physician in Ohio that she come to Mayo Clinic, where she ended up having her spleen removed. Watch this touching testimonial of her experience… “The Mayo Clinic journey, the way that I see it, it saved my life.” – Lee Howard Related Departments General Internal Medicine

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Tags: 5273, 5335, Lee Howard, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, Ohio, spleen removal, splenectomy


April 8, 2009

End-of-life Care at Mayo Clinic: The needs of the patient come first

By Catherine Benson catherine benson

The following letter was sent to Mayo Clinic leaders by two Mayo employees, Don and Sharon Gabrielson, about the care Don’s mother received from Mayo Clinic during her last days. Dear Colleagues, On March 13, 2009 we brought our 81 year old mother, Ruth Gabrielson, to St. Marys Emergency Room. In a few short hours […]

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Tags: Don Gabrielson, Dr. Chang, Dr. Loftus, Dr. Oxentenko, Dr. Siddarth Singh, end of life, End-of-life care, hospice, Needs of the patient come first, Nurses, nursing, Ruth Gabrielson


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