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15 hours ago · Foot pain post arthroscopic knee surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Welcome to Connect, @cmartz.
According to this study, one of the major causes of pain after arthroscopic knee surgery is nerve entrapment or nerve compression. Some typical examples are: pain in the ball of the foot after neuroma surgery or pain radiating down the leg to the foot after knee surgery, or persistent heel pain even after plantar fascia surgery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5672866/

I’d like to bring @ellerbracke @anniebrook @grandmar @lynnwade54 @santi into this discussion, as they might be able to offer their thoughts about the foot pain.You may also be interested in reading this discussion:
– knee scope https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-scope/
– When to start PT https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/when-to-start-pt/

Although this discussion is titled, "scar tissue after knee replacement” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/scar-tissue-after-knee-replacement/ there are many fellow members – @rayreich3 @dickiedo @amywood20 and many others – whose experiences might also provide some insight into the pain you are experiencing.

What does your doctor say, @cmartz? How are you managing the pain at present?

19 hours ago · Gluten-free diet in Digestive Health

I’d like to welcome you to Connect, @therjes, and thank you for a very informative first post. @eileena, thank you for your participation in so many discussions–I truly appreciate how you offer great information and support to Connect members.

MSG is gluten-free. Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods and food additives–monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the common amino acid glutamic acid. I was even surprised to learn that MSG occurs naturally in foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses!


However, cross-contamination is a very challenging issue for people who've been diagnosed with celiac disease–many are surprised to learn just how little gluten it actually takes to make them sick. Here are some examples:
– foods cooked in oil where battered foods have been fried
– meat and other food cooked on a grill which is also used for cooking regular food with gluten
– gluten-free pasta that may be cooked in water used for regular pasta, or rice that may be cooked in liquid containing gluten

I’d sincerely encourage you to view the "Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Page" on Connect, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/ and browse through a few articles and videos by Mayo Clinic experts:
– Tips to Avoid Cross-Contamination in Gluten-Free Foods https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/tips-to-avoid-cross-contamination-in-gluten-free-foods/
–Celiac Disease: Review of Current and Future Recommendations: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/celiac-disease-current-recommendations/

@eileena, @therjes, both of you have raised a noteworthy issue that celiac disease patients often face: Cross-contamination while adhering to a gluten-free (GF) diet. The important point of this conversation is that there is a conversation taking place–even if you don’t agree with everything, I applaud you for your efforts to further the discussion.

1 day ago · So scared: Just found 5cm tumor in rectosigmoid colon: Tips? in Colorectal Cancer

Hello @dbjax,

First and foremost, I want to say, you are not alone. Treatment and recovery may be a long road, but there are many members who’ve done it, and there's lots of support here–welcome!

Based on what I’ve learned from Connect members, tumor size means very little in terms of disease progression. I’d encourage you to take a look at this discussion, "Stage 2 colon cancer tumor removed – no chemotherapy?” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thickening-of-upper-colon-shown-on-ct-but-had-a-good-colonoscopy/ where @chris221 talks about the tumor that was found in the lower sigmoid colon, and subsequent surgery.

Here’s another great discussion started by @virgo1952, which I hope will help address some of you concerns with regard to surgery:
Sigmoid colon resection: What to expect for recovery? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sigmoid-colon-resection-10282019/

@dbjax, there's no doubt that this must be scary; do you know what type of surgery (resection, sigmoid colectomy) has been recommended?

1 day ago · Feeling full 10 year old in Digestive Health

Hello @needhelpparent,

I’d like to offer some information about tests and gastroparesis and other intestinal disorders care at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic has doctors who specialize in disorders involving the movement of food through the digestive system (motility disorders). Tests for gastroparesis involve the entire digestive tract, and some of the newest technology was developed at Mayo Clinic.


If you’d like to make an appointment at Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices – you can also request an appointment online. The contact information for all 3 Mayo Clinic locations (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida) can be found here:


The Clinic’s representatives/schedulers will ask questions to help direct you to the best specialist, either at Mayo or closer to home.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral, although some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Please let me know if you need more information; you’ve come to the right place to talk with people who’ve had similar experiences, and to get support from members who understand what you are going through. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck.

3 days ago · Stage 2 colon cancer tumor removed - no chemotherapy? in Colorectal Cancer

Hi @chris221,

I just thought the following information might help allay some of your concerns.

Results from clinical trials are not supportive of using adjuvant chemotherapy for all patients with stage II colon cancer, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). https://www.cancer.net/research-and-advocacy/asco-care-and-treatment-recommendations-patients/adjuvant-chemotherapy-stage-ii-colon-cancer

In stage I colon cancer, surgery to remove the tumor is the only treatment needed. Stage III tumors, which are tumors that have spread to the lymph nodes, are treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy––adjuvant chemotherapy––given after surgery to reduce the risk of a recurrence of the cancer. Stage II disease falls somewhere in between. An estimated 75% of people with stage II colon cancer will be cancer-free 5 years later, without adjuvant chemotherapy, but 25% will not. The debate over which patients are most likely to benefit from chemotherapy is an ongoing one! Here is some detailed information from the American Cancer Society:


3 days ago · Collagenous Gastritis in Digestive Health

Welcome to Connect, @sogo747.
I’m confident that @mindi @jmn @medic03 @wendyt2018 @buckeyeliz and other fellow members will return to share their insights with you. In the meantime, I encourage you to view this video where Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Dr. Joseph Murray explains a few details about CG:

Could you share a bit more about yourself? How did you get diagnosed? Do you have to follow a special diet? I look forward to getting to know you better.

3 days ago · Low heart rate related to diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi @abbyd13,

An excessively slow heartbeat can mean that your heart does not deliver enough oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body.

If you’ve followed an unbalanced or calorically low diet long enough for your body to adapt to a malnourished state, resuming a normal diet (weight cycling) can cause your phosphorus, magnesium and potassium levels to drop. This leads to a higher risk of heart failure, heart attack or stroke, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal:


I thought you might be interested in reading some key notes from the study –
To measure the effect that weight cycling can have on the body, researchers tracked 6,748,773 people from 2005 to 2012. Participants were generally healthy at the start of the study, did not suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, or previous heart attacks. By the end of the study, 54,785 people had died, 22,498 had a stroke, and 21,452 had a heart attack.

Those whose weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels fluctuated, were 127 percent more likely to die, 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack, and 41 percent more likely to have a stroke.

According to the senior author of the same study, if doctors detect any variability, it may be time to step in and assess the patient’s eating patterns and lifestyle habits.


I hope this sheds more light on why your doctor is concerned about your diet, @abbyd13?

3 days ago · Mesenteric Panniculitis or Sclerosing Mesenteritis in Digestive Health

Hi @patowen1,

I'm tagging other members who have talked about Antiphospholipid syndrome in other discussions; I hope they will be able to share their experiences and insights with you. Please meet @georgiagirlrelocated, @skymya, @soitis4590, @taogirl2, @colettehellerud, @lagata, @lisaa, @lena999 @zebraclaire97 @irenekw @bruges. You can also read their experiences and insights in these discussions:

– Antiphospholipid syndrome/Hughes https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/antiphospholipid-syndrome-hughes/
– Antiphospholipid and Lyme disease https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/antiphospholipid-and-lyme-disease/

According to this article by Mayo Clinic http://mayocl.in/1YaYc5X “People with certain infections, including syphilis, HIV infection, hepatitis C and Lyme disease, among others, have a higher incidence of having antiphospholipid antibodies.”

@patowen1, what symptoms of antiphospholipid syndrome do you have and how are you managing them?