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5 days ago · Cholesteatoma in Just Want to Talk

Cholesteatoma tumor? I had a tumor of a similar name in the mastoid area of my ear removed at the Mayo Clinic when I was 10. I’m 71 now, and have had no issue. Memory serves me that this tumor, as most of its type, was benign.

Fri, Feb 8 11:05am · Are we meant to be happy?! in Depression & Anxiety

Is happiness the absence of sadness, or is sadness the absence of happiness? Both are normal feelings, but for those of us with chemical balance issues also have disproportionate moments of sadness. I think we are programmed to be. Humans are faced with confusion about life, thus we reach out to religion or a higher power, meditation, medication, and whatever else smooths life’s imperfect path. Just my $.02.

Wed, Feb 6 11:25am · Trintellix in Depression & Anxiety

Just noticed your question about duloxetine. I took it for 5 or 6 years. I initiated the thought of making a change, believing it to be proactive, as did my doctor. Now much better on Prozac. Amazing what regular sleep does for one. My apologies for my oversight.

Tue, Feb 5 7:58am · Trintellix in Depression & Anxiety

My trintillix journey is well documented, but I do feel compelled to address the agitation and irritability issues just noted. According to my wife, whose opinion is important to me, I was a very unpleasant person with whom to live. Meaner than a snake are the words that I recall. I am back to acceptable on Prozac….

Fri, Feb 1 11:08am · Tapering off clonazepam (Klonopin) in Depression & Anxiety

My doctor told me to take the 4mg. of Clonazepam to help with sleep, even if I feel a bit fuzzy in the morning. It is better than insomnia, and it is comparable with the feeling one has from lingering too long at the communion rail the night before…Been there, too. I scaled back to 3.5mg yesterday, and the morning is much more clear. Best news is hat the Prozac is dealing with the depression. My wife offered an unsolicited, but very welcome observation concerning the change in my demeanor, that was a great gift. Depression and anxiety are an indescribable challenge, and things seem to be on the uptick.

Mon, Jan 28 10:01am · Need Patient's Experience with Mayo Clinic. Is it worth it? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

Mayo treated me 60 years ago for a tumor in the mastoid and along the facial nerve. O.E. Hallberg, M.D. had developed a then new surgical approach, did the surgery, and all went well. The best part is how this then 10 year old was treated. I was his patient, and my parents were welcome to sit in on the diagnosis and proposed surgery. The human factor, along with the combined medical expertise, makes Mayo a top choice. Always a warm spot in my heart for Mayo, Dr. Hallberg, and the Mayo Fellows who looked after me.

Mon, Jan 21 9:06am · Need Patient's Experience with Mayo Clinic. Is it worth it? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

You can self refer, and I would encourage you call immediately. I am 71, and had ear surgery at Mayo, Rochester when I was 10. Several local specialists had multiple ideas of what to do. My parents took me to Mayo, I was thoroughly assessed, and surgery was done and all was well. I took my now ex-wife to Mayo 25 years ago, and had an exam myself. They pulled up my ancient records immediately. There is no better place to have your situation addressed in the collegial manner in which the physicians work.

Mon, Jan 21 8:58am · Nervousness and Worry in Depression & Anxiety

I, in a fit of desperation, ordered some essential oil roll on that purports to help with sleep. I am possibly the last person one would expect to embrace such a potion, but I did and I sleep. Just look on the internet. They all use lavender and heave knows what else. Put some on your temples and the back of your neck. Seems to help, and for nominally $30, it is worth a roll of the dice.