My Trip To the Mayo Clinic

Mayo Map__No Sugarless Gum

Lately I’ve been feeling not as great as I should, even despite resorting back to the cleanse phase of the elimination diet for months.  I’ve been bloated almost constantly, still experiencing night sweats and…other stuff.

I was getting sick of going to doctors who not only didn’t know anything about FM, but didn’t seem to think my problems were that big of a deal.  I usually felt like I was being brushed off.

I’d had enough.  After relaying my most recent doctor visit to a friend who has celiac disease, she suggested I go see her doctor down at the Mayo Clinic.  I felt like kind of an idiot.  There I was, two hours away from one of the best places in the world to receive medical care and I hadn’t even though of going.

So last Monday, I went.  First of all, that place is ridiculous.  The Mayo Clinic basically is its own small city.  And even though I had been fasting per their request, I was really happy to be there.

I met with my doctor and he started asking me a bunch of questions (one of the first was if I chewed sugarless gum.  Har.).  Already I could tell just by the questions he was asking that he wanted to get to the bottom of my problems.  He looked over my paperwork and after glancing at my fructose hydrogen breath test said “well, you definitely have Fructose Malabsorption.”  He said there was nothing he could do about that, but I’ve pretty much accepted my fate at this point.

He told me he thought we could get me to feeling better, but it could be a long trial-and-error process.  It was music to my ears!  I was just so happy to hear someone say with confidence that he could help me feel better.

The first thing he’s having me try is an antispasmodic.  I’m supposed to give it a month, but so far even though things have been different, they haven’t been necessarily better.  Plus it gives you really bad dry mouth.

It stinks that my problems didn’t just go away, but knowing there’s a doctor out there who gives a rat’s ass at least gives me some hope.

2 thoughts on “My Trip To the Mayo Clinic

  1. Paigie- I am so glad you finally went to the Mayo! I know if anyone can overcome this it is you. You are a determined, wonderful young lady:} I have always wondered if Maureen has this too. She has suffered from stomachaches since birth. I know Andi also has had trouble with her stomach….Maybe it is a family curse.

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