The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

      For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free. Mike Ramsey dealt with lower back pain for years. [...]

    2. Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

      Terence Burns, M.D., and Katie Garrison When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, [...]

    3. ?Tackling a Rare Brain Tumor With Expertise and Skill

      Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Marrissa Janssen was scared. Her biggest fear was that doctors wouldn't be able to get rid of the entire mass. But after consulting with experts at Mayo Clinic, Marrissa's fear turned to hope. Now, after surgery and proton beam therapy, the tumor is gone. Sept. 6, 2018, started off as [...]

    4. Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum After Brain Surgery

      Tanner Effinger knew something was seriously wrong. Despite seeing multiple physicians in Virginia and Idaho, no one could figure out what was causing his weight loss, fatigue and anemia. Within days of arriving at Mayo Clinic, however, Tanner was diagnosed with an unusual brain tumor. After it was surgically removed, all of Tanner's symptoms disappeared. [...]

    5. Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

      As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

    6. Rising Above a Rare, Debilitating Disorder

      Diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome -- an extremely rare autoimmune neurologic condition -- Tara Zier looked to Mayo Clinic for help. There she found valuable guidance and gained a new outlook on how to manage her condition. For three years, Dr. Tara Zier went from specialist to specialist in the Washington, D.C. area trying to find [...]

    7. Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

      For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her [...]

    8. Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence

      Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he's pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurosurgery. One of Scott Walling's favorite activities is trapshooting, especially because it's a pastime he gets to share with his children -- [...]

    9. Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation

      Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he'd been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic. Ron Schlicht lived with the effects of meralgia paresthetica for years. "Depending on the day, [...]

    10. Puzzling Symptoms Explained by Hydrocephalus Diagnosis

      It took some time to discover the source of the troubling symptoms that plagued Dorothy Sorlie. But once she was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, neurosurgery fixed the problem and allowed Dorothy to return to the activities she loves. For two years, Dorothy Sorlie struggled with symptoms that appeared unrelated and progressively got worse. The [...]

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