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Sat, Jul 4 5:59am · First visit to Mayo: Traveling alone in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I would say that Mayo is one of the easiest medical facilities to visit alone. I’ve been going there for 12 years (sometimes alone), and find everyone to be amazingly helpful. Once I was standing outside kind of looking around, and a man asked if he could help me. He not only told me his favorite breakfast place, but he walked me there. I looked up his name later, and he was a neurosurgeon. So I echo another comment that Mayo doctors are much less likely to have oversized egos than doctors elsewhere. It is scary the first time you go alone, but you CAN do it!

Fri, Mar 20 5:52am · Can I get tests done locally before appointment at Mayo? in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I'm sure it can be done. I've had blood work done locally at various times, and sent to Mayo.

Oct 30, 2019 · If you've had IVIG's at Mayo, did your insurance pay for them? in Blood Cancers & Disorders

I had two IVIG infusions at Mayo Rochester before I could get the approval locally (I'm in Michigan). Both were fully covered. I have Medicare and a Blue Care Network medigap policy. The cost (like everything medical) is daunting, so I wish you luck. These infusions have made a huge difference in my health.

Oct 15, 2019 · Troubling illness for 3 months. in Blood Cancers & Disorders

Tell them you want to be checked for CLL.

Sep 22, 2019 · Below normal level of Immunoglobulin M in Blood Cancers & Disorders

Immunoglobulin levels below 1000 will make you more susceptible to infections, respiratory and others. Many of us get infusions to combat this, and stayhealthy during treatment.

Sep 9, 2019 · Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma in Blood Cancers & Disorders

I think we all need to remember that just because something is rare doesn't mean you don't have it.

Aug 14, 2019 · Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma- Watch & Wait Approach in Blood Cancers & Disorders

You need a second opinion from another dentist. Cracks in teeth usually do not show up on X-Rays. Telling you to relax while you sleep to ease up on the pain is ridiculous – it is unconscious – you cannot control the stress in your jaw like that. I used a bite guard (dentist-made) for years, but only really got relief from a new dentist who adjusted my bite by filing down a tooth which was throwing my bite off. She also sent me to jaw therapy with a PT (yes, there really is such a thing), and putting me on a soft diet for 6 weeks to rest my jaw.

Jul 21, 2019 · New pt appt in Minn soon for meningioma (or 2?) and Rathke Cleft Cyst in Brain Tumor

Yikes! I'm so sorry for not only your dx, but for the lack of real care you have gotten in IN. Be encouraged that Mayo should be different. I went 12 years ago for a brain tumor that 2 neurosurgeons in MI said was inoperable. Mayo docs not only were willing/able to operate, but also able to diagnose accurately after operating. I've been symptom free since then. I would strongly encourage you to try and find someone to go with you though. Although there are lots of volunteers around Mayo to help you find things, it is a pretty big, and sometimes scary place.