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Wed, Feb 5 6:39pm · Empowering patients to advocate for themselves: meet @kariulrich in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hi Kari, I just saw this. I randomly get alerts in my email. I see you are going through a challenging time and I just wanted to say I hope things get better and send you some hugs. You have always been such an inspiration to me. My MALS is under control right now, it is all the dysautonomia that is really bad and I am dealing with so I am never really on here. I just wanted to reach out though when I saw this and let you know I will be thinking of you and sending healing thoughts and hugs.

Aug 16, 2019 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

This is so freaky!!! This morning I was thinking of you, I swear!! I have been so wrapped up with my health in other areas, the MALS has been on the back burner, But this morning I don't know why, I was like, oh I should send Kari a message to see how she is doing…I've been so busy all day and when I saw the email this morning I was like no way!! This is the first chance I had to sit down.
Well I dont' even remember what you know. I have continued to be sick, more than stomach issues. So when you recommended mals pals people there suggested my symptoms to be POTS and dysautonomia and they were right. So thank you because I would never have known these things!! I am on 2 liters of IV hydration daily. I am still dehydrated and they don't know why. Kidney dr. is sending me to mayo to see her mentor because she just can't figure it out. I am peeing out my sodium, but my blood sodium is ok, and I am peeing way to much but mostly at night. I can't get in until Oct. 22. Trying some meds for the pots/dysautonomia. Iron was low now that is ok. Had mri of head and back and my neck is really messed up, so in PT.
My daughter was suppose to get married in June in Jamaica, but she cancelled because of my health. They are getting married Oct. 4 on the beach in San Diego. This way I can drive and take all my hydration…..
How are you doing???

Mar 23, 2019 · Savella for Peripheral Neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Hi unfortunately I wasn't on Savella long. I was weaning off my Cymbalta and going on the Savella. I wasn't feeling well so I just stuck with the Savella. I don't know if it was from the Cymbalta withdrawal.

Jan 4, 2019 · Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Temporary Paralysis? in Just Want to Talk

@amber3212 I will attach a link for great articles on new research on CFS. There is so much out there and I get lost in these articles. One always leads to another and so on. It is from Health Rising. I would recommend reading some of the ones that interest you. There is also one that is a series webinars on diagnostic info and such. Here is the link : https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2018/07/08/new-harvard-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-me-cfs-research-center-fulfills-crucial-need/
This is an excellent one, but I haven't had a chance to really go through it. : https://sable.madmimi.com/c/16005?id=3048475.10200.1.2f7f661f735babd5dcf5bc20ca2f41b6 It is the Bateman Horne Center
Hope this helps and I hope the links work…

Nov 4, 2018 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

Hi Kari, it is great to see you with your horse!!! I haven't been on in awhile. I have been focusing on the dysautonomia and all of that. It is frustrating. However, I am beginning to have my MALS pain again. I did have narrowing again in Aug of the Celiac, but sma was good so we decided to wait and see how it goes since I have all this other stuff going on. I go the end of the month for another scan. I may move it up.UGH!!! Well keep riding, it seems to do good for you because you look great!! Jill

Oct 11, 2018 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

His name is Dr. Joseph Mills. There are a few good ones there if he isn't doing any.

Oct 11, 2018 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

Hi Mark,
Thank you. Wow, you have a lot of really intense symptoms…. I do believe there is some connection. MALS is a disruption in blood flow to the stomach and major organs. How can it not cause problems???? That is my thinking.
I think in my case, maybe MALS didn't cause dysautonomia directly. Definitely SIBO, and some stomach issues. The reason I say this is because I was really doing well. I didn't really have any POTS symptoms. My surgery was Feb. and I felt I would have been ready to go back to teaching in Aug. I was going out in May for my kids graduations, one college, one high school and events like that. Now there is no way I can even think of it. My son is graduating from ASU in Dec. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I will. My daughter graduated from there in May 2014. I did it. It was a long day for me, but I can't even imagine walking what I had to for hers. Thank goodness his will be inside. 4 yrs later, 100% worse, but not MALS only.
I only learned about POTS, and MCAS on a Face Book group, MALS PALS, and MALS Awareness. I had never heard of these. When I described how I was feeling people were saying to check into those. I did and was like, omg, that is me. A lot of the symptoms overlap as well so that sometimes makes it difficult. Plus there may be symptoms you might not even think of to mention, and they are listed in POTS, or MCAS symptoms, and that could help with diagnosis.
My ANA test was neg. and so was some others they did. That is what confuses me about dysautonomia, but I guess that doesn't matter. I would definitely consult a cardiologist about POTS. Do some research on POTS, that may help you when you go to dr and explain why you believe so. A neurologist also deals with POTS. You should try to find someone who is somewhat knowledgeable of POTS, but they may be hard. I would go to the appt. with everything you have done so far and a symptom list.
I am so happy to know that I have helped you in any way. It is Paying it forward, for sure!
Good luck and any questions just ask. If I don't get back right away, I may be busy with drs or just vegging for a bit, but I will.
Hang in there,

Oct 6, 2018 · Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) in Digestive Health

@annief thank you so much for this information. For my initial surgery in 2014 I had the chief of vascular surgery at UMC Medical center in Tucson, AZ. He was great. Unfortunately for me, he moved to Texas and became chief of vascular surgery at Baylor. I was going to follow up with him once I get my next scans. in 2015 I had stents put in, and 2017 balloon. My celiac is narrowing again. My surgeon at Mayo is awesome, but doesn't have MALS experience. I was also looking at Cleveland Clinic…this is great. Now I wonder if I can get in….he should remember me though, he published a journal article about me because my case was so rare!