Balance, high blood pressure medications, and …

Posted by raykemble @ray666, Jun 12 1:54pm

I am seeing a neurologist about my worsening balance trouble. I am also dealing with high blood pressure, and currently take 50 mg of Losartan in the morning and, for the past two months, 5 mg of Amlodipine Bensylate at bedtime. Two nights ago, because of the hot temps, I added a 10 mg Melatonin. Might I be making my balance trouble worse with this mix of meds and Melatonin?

@jenniferhunter

@ray666 If you want to consider Mayo and if your insurance is in network, you will find the best of the best there. They have done awake brain surgery on musicians and had a patient play the violin during surgery. The violinist had spasticity in his arms and they were finding the spot for electrical stimulation to stop the shaking so he could play his instrument. That was in the Ken Burns documentary on Mayo Clinic. It was excellent and very educational. The good thing about Mayo is they don't waste your time because they are very efficient in getting all tests and imaging done. I wish I had gone there first. If you saw my surgeon there and asked him who was the best to make sure to save your voice, he would give you an honest answer. Why not go to the #1 neurosurgery hospital?

If you would like get a second opinion from Mayo Clinic, you can find the contact information for the Minnesota, Arizona and Florida campuses here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

You can request to send records and imaging to a specific surgeon. I did, and I chose Dr. Fogelson because his interests matched my needs and because when I read a paper he had co-authored, it led me to medical literature with cases like mine, so I knew he would know what all the other non-Mayo surgeons had missed.

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Good morning, Jennifer

I may very well want to talk to someone at Mayo. A sensible Step One, I would imagine, is finding out if my insurance is compatible (Medicare + United Healthcare Advantage). I'll start doing some research on that later today.

I have a friend who went out of his way and flew to Rochester for some tricky heart surgery––"tricky" in that my friend sensed hesitancy in his local surgeon. My friend returned not only with a healthy heart but also boundless praise for the care he received at Mayo.

Merry Thursday!
Ray

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@ray666

Good morning, Jennifer

I may very well want to talk to someone at Mayo. A sensible Step One, I would imagine, is finding out if my insurance is compatible (Medicare + United Healthcare Advantage). I'll start doing some research on that later today.

I have a friend who went out of his way and flew to Rochester for some tricky heart surgery––"tricky" in that my friend sensed hesitancy in his local surgeon. My friend returned not only with a healthy heart but also boundless praise for the care he received at Mayo.

Merry Thursday!
Ray

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Good morning Ray!

I agree with your friend! I ran into that "hesitancy" 5 times before I came to Mayo. I could clearly see the problem on my imaging and I had learned a lot before I got to Mayo, so when I met the surgeon at Mayo, I knew I was getting good honest answers, and he helped me. I was also very impressed on how much everyone at Mayo did to make sure I was well taken care of even down to the person who looked up and read what I had listed as food allergies and came and talked to me about my meal. I wasn't handed a hospital menu and told to call the cafeteria; I had a person who came to me. When they need to schedule other appointments, they do that while you wait and print out a schedule for you. When I was at my first surgery consult, the doctor's phone rang, and it was the doctor who had just tested and consulted on my thoracic outlet syndrome the hour before. He was calling to give the results and consult with my surgeon. That didn't happen at other places. I would go to an appointment and find out that test results were sent to the wrong office that I had waited a month for, and the computer network didn't allow the doctor to access the records from another of that facilities campuses, so it just wasted my time and the doctor's time. That is how consulting with 5 non-Mayo surgeons turned into 2 years of waiting, and then I was declined surgical intervention by all of them. It was for the best anyway because I came to Mayo, and if I had known how things would be, I could have come to Mayo first. I thought traveling would make it inconvenient, but not really if you add up all the time and traveling to local appointments that turned out to be a wild goose chase.

Here is the list of insurance that Mayo Rochester accepts. I would also call Mayo to be sure before you proceed.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/documents/commercial-insurance-plan-contracts-minnesota/doc-20203720

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