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3 days ago · I feel like I'm dying in Digestive Health

Hi @juangarcia90,

I’m tagging @bbbogh @izzylt123 @kttormoen @catherinelewis @pantherfancm77 @niksonrex as they’ve also talked about undiagnosed chest pain, and may be able to help you figure out more about your symptoms.
I also encourage you to go through these discussions on Connect:
– Ongoing Chest Pain with normal tests https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ongoing-chest-pain-with-normal-tests/
– Chronic Stomach, chest and back pain https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/chronic-stomach-chest-and-back-pain/

I completely understand your worry, but sometimes GERD and other gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, muscle spasms in the esophagus, a gallbladder attack, can cause chest pain and symptoms that mimic those of a heart attack or angina:
– Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/in-depth/heartburn-gerd/art-20046483
However, it is always safer to get it checked out –the more you know, the easier it is to avoid damage.

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that's used to treat pain or inflammation caused by injuries and conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis. Diclofenac has two black-box warnings:
–It increase the risk of heart trouble and has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots
– It can damage the lining of your stomach, putting you at risk for stomach ulcers and heartburn.
However, the other medications are B vitamins – Thiamine, Pyridoxine and Cyanocobalamin.

Have you consulted your doctor, or a cardiologist @juangarcia90?

4 days ago · I feel like I'm dying in Digestive Health

Welcome to Connect, @juangarcia90. Are you able to share a few more details? What symptoms are you experiencing? When did they start? Are you taking medication to manage your symptoms?
Being more specific would help me Connect you with other members who’ve shared similar experiences – it also helps to know that you’re not alone. I look forward to hearing from you.

4 days ago · Tips for managing chronic Small Bowel Obstructions in Digestive Health

Hello @jljacoby,

I’m tagging fellow Connect members to bring them into this conversation. @nonnie1 @19630831 @ginpene05 @sita @michrn @rssanders @justjane @eddiesrp @jimmymac @ron22 @bonitav @londonmark @idnas @sickvick @kag13 @loriel59 @thull @bradleymom1967, have also shared their experiences with small bowel obstruction (SBO).

Mon, Aug 6 12:33pm · Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma tumor (Pxa): help in Brain Tumor

I'm so sorry to learn about your battle with this cancer, @minnniceguy. I thought you might be interested in reading this journal article about the successful use of BRAF inhibitors in oncology: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5977279/

Here's some information about three main BRAF inhibitors Vemurafenib, Dabrafenib, Sorafenib:

I'd also like to introduce you to @audrapopp @meg4434 @ecdhope @daniellemarie, who've shared their or their loved ones experiences with these targeted therapies. @minnniceguy, could you share more about the side effects that concern you the most?

Thu, Dec 6 12:06pm · Dealing with LARS (low anterior resection syndrome) in Colorectal Cancer

@shilo, while we wait for members to reply, I’d like to list some information from Mayo Clinic, which you might find useful.
Mayo Clinic colorectal surgeons specialize in removal (resection) of complex tumors affecting multiple organs and structures in the abdomen and pelvis. The colorectal surgery practice at Mayo Clinic has particular expertise in procedures that help avoid the need for a colostomy and that preserve the nearby nerves that are essential for normal bowel, bladder and sexual function.


I also found two recent studies about factors that determine LARS, and bowel function following anterior resection, using the low anterior resection syndrome (LARS) score:

Thu, Dec 6 11:53am · Dealing with LARS (low anterior resection syndrome) in Colorectal Cancer

Welcome to Connect, @shilo. I can only imagine the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing – I’m so sorry!
Let me introduce you to a few members who have talked about low anterior resection syndrome (LARS) or similar symptoms; please meet @coliemore @suemer @lamerex4 @starrlight @maestro. I’m also tagging Mentor @travelgirl. I’m confident they will return more information and insight.

In the meantime, I encourage you to view these discussions where many of the above members have shared their experiences:

@shilo, when did you have a low anterior resection? Are you comfortable sharing a few more details?

Thu, Dec 6 11:20am · Making decisions about air travel when traveling for medical help? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I'd like to invite you to join us today, Thursday, December 6 at 11 a.m. CT for a video Q&A with Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Dr. Stephen Gleich, pediatric anesthesia and critical care, about medical transportation. You can participate in the Video Q&A on Connect on this page;


The video will be shown at the top of the page. Dr. Mattke and Dr. Gleich will answer questions live. Post your question before and during the broadcast.

Wed, Dec 5 11:18am · New medication for HCM in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

To date, clinical trials are still underway for Mavacamten (MYK-461); here’s some information about the trial being conducted by Mayo Clinic:
– Clinical Study to Evaluate Mavacamten (MYK-461) in Adults With Symptomatic Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy https://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cls-20440735?_ga=2.256536908.67393576.1543083852-1512603404.1539480091