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Rheumatology

October 5, 2018

Crafting An Artist’s Healthy Future

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Lupus was wreaking havoc on Emily Olson’s health. Her Mayo Clinic care team’s decision to employ a medication typically not used for this autoimmune disorder, along with a kidney transplant, not only saved Emily’s life, it reignited her independence and confidence.

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Tags: Dr. Duarte-Garcia, Dr. Ladan Zand, Dr. Meera Sridharan, Dr. Vaidehi Chowdhary, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, kidney transplant, Lupus


February 8, 2018

Back to Nature After Specialized Care for a Disabling Condition

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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


January 3, 2017

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Rare Disease Brings Back Trish Byrd’s Hearing and Optimism

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In spring 2016, Trish Byrd went deaf. And no one knew why. With constant ear pain and unable to hear, Trish saw seven different doctors in her home state of New Mexico. After months of treatment, there was no improvement in her symptoms. “I kept asking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’” Trish says. “None of my […]

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Tags: Dr. Lester Mertz, Dr. Peter Weisskopf, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, otorhinolaryngology, Rheumatology


July 21, 2016

Volleyball Player Realizes Her Dream With Help From Her Mayo Clinic Team

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As senior captain of her high school volleyball team, Brooke Johnson was determined to lead her squad to the state tournament. Never mind that the team hadn’t made it there before. Or that her small school had never sent any athletic team to a state tournament. Or that Brooke had health issues that made playing […]

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Tags: Dr. Bruce Levy, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Orthopedic Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis


November 18, 2015

Putting the Pieces Together to Solve Medical Mystery

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Kim Goranson knew something wasn’t right. For more than 10 years, she endured exhaustion, pain and bouts of confusion. But to her frustration, repeated medical evaluations revealed nothing. A high-energy real estate agent in Lincoln, Nebraska, Kim saw her successful career slip away as the symptoms took a heavy toll on her life. “I had […]

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Tags: Dr. Vaidehi Chowdhary, Lupus, Rheumatology


August 15, 2014

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

By iggeez iggeez1416

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. […]

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Tags: Lupus, myasthenia gravis, Patient Stories


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