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1 hour ago · Does BMI matter in Healthy Living

@imallears, Yes, Mary, the quote really resonated with me as well. I wish it could be on the cover of every woman's magazine but I doubt that will happen.

1 hour ago · Seville oranges question about effect on immunosuppressants in Transplants

It is so good to hear from you, @glinda! It is amazing how you have recovered from both your transplant as well as your serious accident. Congratulations! I know that you put a lot of effort and thought into both recoveries.

I'm sorry to hear of the snow flurries. We are expecting them sometime soon in Michigan as well. Will you keep in touch?

1 hour ago · Does BMI matter in Healthy Living

Hello @contentandwell

When the discussion began about "Recognizing My Own Bias" I posted the following:

"The numbers on a scale merely represent your body's relationship with gravity. They do not determine worth, talent, beauty, or the ability to have a wonderful heart."

I saw this quote on a scale in my doctor's office at the University of Michigan. It is very hard to practice this in our society that seems to value thinness over health but I feel it is true. If you look at magazine covers you will see thin women and this is marketed as being what everyone should strive for.

As I've gotten to know you through Connect, I see you as a person with many great qualities. I agree with @imallears. If you think less about your BMI and more about your overall health, wellness and happiness, it will serve you better.

Will you give it a try?

2 hours ago · Hyperparathyroid - questions about surgery in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Hello @ivytrail. I would like to join Ethan, @ethanmcconkey, in welcoming you to Mayo Connect. While I have not had parathyroid surgery yet, I do have hyper parathyroid problems including bone pain, osteopenia, fatigue, low levels of Vitamin D, etc. As Ethan mentioned, would you care to share what your symptoms are?

We have some existing discussions on Connect regarding this topic. Here you can meet others who have this disorder, many of whom have had the surgery,
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/elevated-parathyroid-hormone-pth/. I would like to invite @sennertd, to post with you about her experiences with this surgery.

Here is some general information regarding hyperparathyroidism from Mayo's website, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hyperparathyroidism/symptoms-causes/syc-20356194.

As you are interested in minimally invasive surgery, I thought you might find this interesting as it talks about this focused parathyroidectomy at Mayo,


Do you currently have an appointment with Dr. Leyden at Mayo?

1 day ago · Calcium and Vitamin D for bone density in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi @contentandwell
I find it interesting that he would want to prescribe a Vit. D Rx without checking your Vit. D. level first.
Did he order blood work to check on the D level?

1 day ago · Bacteria in Digestive Health

I appreciate your adding your experiences to this discussion, @riflemanz64. How long did it take to get relief?

1 day ago · Bacteria in Digestive Health

I hope that the meds provide some relief. What type of antibiotic is it?

2 days ago · Bacteria in Digestive Health

Hello @trellg132

As @patts said in her post, I think the term for the bacteria is H Pylori. It is a bacteria found in the stomach. Here is a link from the Mayo Clinic website that describes this bacteria, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/h-pylori/symptoms-causes/syc-20356171

Here is a copy of the first two sections of this article. If you click on the link above you can read the entire article.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection occurs when a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infects your stomach. This usually happens during childhood. A common cause of peptic ulcers, H. pylori infection may be present in more than half the people in the world.

Most people don't realize they have H. pylori infection, because they never get sick from it. If you develop signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your doctor will probably test you for H. pylori infection. If you have H. pylori infection, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Most people with H. pylori infection will never have any signs or symptoms. It's not clear why this is, but some people may be born with more resistance to the harmful effects of H. pylori.

When signs or symptoms do occur with H. pylori infection, they may include:

An ache or burning pain in your abdomen
Abdominal pain that's worse when your stomach is empty
Loss of appetite
Frequent burping
Unintentional weight loss
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any persistent signs and symptoms that worry you. Seek immediate medical help if you experience:

Severe or persistent abdominal pain
Difficulty swallowing
Bloody or black tarry stools
Bloody or black vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

@trellg132 If you are comfortable sharing more, have you had any of these symptoms listed above? Has your doctor suggested a treatment?