• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Complex diagnosis reshapes student’s future

December 11, 2016

patient Reilly Steidle
When Reilly Steidle came to Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2013 at the age of 20, she brought with her two rolling suitcases full of medical paperwork and a hope that the physicians could make sense of the recurring headaches, chronic fatigue and widespread pain she’d been dealing with for two years.

Reilly had been a healthy college student majoring in business at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2011. But by the end of the school year, the Plainfield, Illinois, resident had dropped out, debilitated by her mysterious symptoms. Reilly spent the summer of 2012 visiting doctors.

When no one could decipher her symptoms, she decided to try another approach. Reilly went to a chiropractor, who asked to see her MRI images. After looking at them, the chiropractor urged Reilly to get an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test, confirmed by a Western blot test, to check for Lyme disease. Reilly did so, and on her 19th birthday, she received the news that the test results were positive.

Reilly had a standard 60-day course of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease in the fall and winter of 2012, but her symptoms never really went away. Her hometown doctor, having exhausted all of his resources to cure her, suggested she visit Mayo Clinic. Read the rest of the story.
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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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