The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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  1. 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 [...]

  2. Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete's Career Path

    More than a decade after nerve transfer surgery restored mobility to his right shoulder, Peter Rechenberg is not only able to do Olympic lifts, he's using his experience at Mayo Clinic to bring healing to others. Peter Rechenberg loves his job as a home health care physical therapist working with older adults who have been [...]

  3. Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

    Kandie Nelson didn't know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn't able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms. Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson's brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, [...]

  4. Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

    For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety. Jennifer Hunter uses art to express herself and?identity with the world. It's a tool that helps her process information and [...]

  5. Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

    Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she's made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together.? Michelle Griffis has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. After spending two months in [...]

  6. Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

    Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it. Nancy Hannafin makes a point of appreciating the little things in life: birds singing, flowers blooming, [...]

  7. Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

    After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. Corrine Craig ended 2016 in horrible pain. It disrupted her days and kept [...]

  8. Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery

    Kathie Hanson went from being an active outdoor enthusiast to being unable to walk without assistance. But the care she received at Mayo Clinic has again allowed her to take part in the many activities that fill her life with joy. Swimming has been a huge part of Kathie Hanson's life. She was a lifeguard [...]

  9. Surviving and Thriving After Life-Threatening Illnesses

    Within the past six years, Devender Tulla developed two serious conditions that could have ended badly for the politician from India. But thanks to his Mayo Clinic care team, Devender was able to fight back. Now he's returned to work representing his constituents. For 30 years, Devender Goud Tulla, of Hyderabad, India, easily maintained the [...]

  10. Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

    A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer's drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome. Jennifer Tetler tried to react, tried to get out of the way. "I had [...]

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