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6 hours ago · Alcoholism in Addiction & Recovery

Hello @swartzki,

On Connect we do have members who have discussed neuropathy related to alcohol use. Here is the link to those discussions. As you can see, this related to small fiber neuropathy and not specifically to autonomic neuropathy.

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/small-fiber-peripheral-neuropathy-and-alcohol/?

As you are comfortable doing so, can you explain how autonomic neuropathy is affecting you or another family member or friend?

23 hours ago · Recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancerous tumor - awaiting PET in Pancreatic Cancer

I appreciate your keeping in touch, @minimia. I'm glad to hear that he is feeling better now. It is good to know that the PT scan was clear, I'm sure you were both relieved about that. It sounds as if his surgery will be in the spring.

Will you post again with an update when that is scheduled?

1 day ago · Alcoholism in Addiction & Recovery

Hi All: In a mental health newsletter that I receive, I noticed this article on quotes about alcohol. Some of them were really profound. I especially like the one from Robin Williams, "“As an alcoholic, you will violate your standards quicker than you can lower them.” — Robin Williams, Weapons of Self-Destruction."
After you read the link, would you let me know which quote resounded with you?

https://www.everydayhealth.com/alcoholism/living-with/best-drinking-quotes-help-alcohol-addiction/?

2 days ago · Vocal cord paralysis in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Hello all:

Mayo Clinic posted a very interesting video on treatments for vocal cord paralysis. I thought you might find it educational as well as helpful. I was treated with both the injection as well as the surgery implanting the silastic material. Please feel free to share any of the treatments you have experienced. Here is the video:

4 days ago · Medications for bipolar that don't cause weight gain? in Mental Health

Hello @sarahzx and welcome to Mayo Connect!

I appreciate your question about weight gain and meds for mood disorders. Your frustration with this is certainly understandable. While I have not had to take meds for bipolar disorder I have heard from others who have taken these meds that weight gain can be a side effect. I went on Mayo Clinic's website and found some information on this topic. I have copied some of this article for you to read.

Do all bipolar medications cause weight gain? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.,

"Whether a certain medication will cause weight gain or other side effects varies from person to person.

Mood stabilizers used to treat bipolar disorder include lithium (Lithobid), valproic acid (Depakene), divalproex sodium (Depakote), carbamazepine (Tegretol, Equetro, others) and lamotrigine (Lamictal). All of these medications are known to increase the risk of weight gain except lamotrigine."

Read the article in full detail, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/expert-answers/bipolar-medications-and-weight-gain/faq-20058043.

I hope this information is helpful to you. A psychiatrist is specially training in meds for mental health treatments and might be helpful to you.

Do you currently see a psychiatrist or a general medical doctor?

4 days ago · Best place to live with Aspergillosis? in Lung Health

Hello @goodyrl and welcome to Connect!

While I did not find a direct answer to your question, I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website as to areas to avoid if you have this condition Here is the link to that information.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/aspergillosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20369619

I have copied part of this article regarding things to avoid if you have this lung problem:

"Aspergillus mold is unavoidable. Outdoors, it's found in decaying leaves and compost and on plants, trees and grain crops. Everyday exposure to aspergillus is rarely a problem for people with healthy immune systems. When mold spores are inhaled, immune system cells surround and destroy them. But people who have a weakened immune system from illness or immunosuppressant medications have fewer infection-fighting cells. This allows aspergillus to take hold, invading the lungs and, in the most serious cases, other parts of the body. Aspergillosis is not contagious from person to person."

I would also like to invite, @noahs, who has also posted about being diagnosed with this lung problem. You might also find some helpful information in a Connect discussion called, MAC and Bronchiectasis. Here is the link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/bronchiectasis-new-diagnosis/?pg=12#comment-287521

If you care to share more, do you or a family member have this disorder? If so, how are being treated currently?

6 days ago · Blood Donations in Just Want to Talk

It is so good that you donated blood when you were able to, @2011panc. It does make a difference for others who are battling diseases.

6 days ago · Blood Donations in Just Want to Talk

Yes, @becsbuddy, I'm sure as a nurse you can well appreciate this life-giving donation.