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Fri, Mar 13 10:46am · Music Helps Me in Just Want to Talk

When I have been at Mayo MN there has often been a piano playing in the lower level of the Gonda /Mayo Bldg. lobby.. it does make people …at least me… feel better about being there.. The Art in the lobbies also serve as distraction … and that is very good.. Ken

Fri, Mar 13 10:34am · Prostate Cancer: sex drive after surgery or other treatments in Prostate Cancer

A lot of the sex drive (libido) has to do with the hormone shots you have in connection with and before treatment …even surgery.. the Lupron shot initially is to shrink the prostate.. so it can be targeted more easily… I had only one shot.. but the effects hang around for a year… some men get a series of shots .. 1 every 4-6 months… for a couple years… so you and your doctor … even an oncologist must have a talk…

Fri, Mar 13 10:26am · Music Helps Me in Just Want to Talk

There is a wonderful Music Therapy example in Indianapolis …see link.. https://www.eskenazihealth.edu/programs/music-program

Thu, Mar 12 3:35pm · Stem Cell Therapy for Neuropathy in Neuropathy

One has to be very careful when considering Stem Cell therapy… some is not real… but here are two links to some work at Mayo.. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bone-marrow-transplant/in-depth/stem-cells/art-20048117

Tue, Mar 10 11:01am · Months of Chest Pain - Please help in Digestive Health

You should see a GI Doctor too… stomach and GI gas can send all sorts of messages..

Tue, Mar 10 4:13am · Abdominal aortic aneurysm – surgery in Aortic Aneurysms

When my cardiologist says I can wait 2 years for another scan..I take that as a good sign…my AA has not changed in over a dozen years…

Sat, Mar 7 11:24am · Esophageal problem: food gets stuck, swallowing issues in Digestive Health

Over the last 20 yrs I have gone through much of what you describe… but NOT to your extent … the Deviated septum and nose fix was the easy part.. with a really great ENT surgeon.. later I was having a lot of Reflux problems I had a Nissen fundoplication that was a dismal failure… as I lost 50 pounds.. ( a male weighing I95 at 5'-10") ..eating (which I enjoyed soooo much) became nearly impossible… so after 2 months of the local central Iowa docs tried to figure out what was wrong I went to Mayo MN and the GI dept found out in a day the condition was post-operative Gastroparesis.. This affliction can be quite different in each of us… but the slowing of the emptying of the stomach in my case was caused by damage to the hairnet like system of nerves that make the stomach empty .. in essence we have to depend a lot on gravity to do the work… and your Chew, chew, small bites, puddings, stews, etc is the means of coping.. we have to eat to sustain life …but when eating causes pain and associated problems, the focus of life shifts…Mayo GI doc said that 1 in 6 Nissens fail… so there are a lot of us out there… Have you had a diagnosis of Gastroparesis? … seeing the Mayo Nutritionist help me … I can eat nuts, avocados, and most things except rough or gummy things like Broccoli, cabbage, soft bread, lettuce/green leaves .. crisp stalks are ok .. .. You won't get a lot of understanding from others who can just shovel the food in… we have to eat slowly and not too much at one time… so Mayo prescribed Mirtazapine.. a mild anti-depressant… to help me "cope with eating"…. I have gained back 25 pounds… and enjoy desserts ..ice cream… and smoothies… I am 82.. I have been reading the fairly new biography of Thomas Edison.. he had gastroparesis too.. and he would subsist on milk and an occasional something else.. Good Luck.. Get good advice..

Sat, Mar 7 9:27am · Abdominal aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

I have one that has remained the same for over 15 years. I have been told to watch blood pressure, stress.. the analogy used was like flaw in the manufacturer of inner tubes..