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Molly Hanson's life was spinning out of control. In near-constant pelvic and abdominal pain, she was chronically constipated, got lightheaded all the time, had irregular heartbeats and kept breaking out in a rash. For close to a decade, Molly ping-ponged between health care providers, searching for answers to her persistent medical issues. Despite many diagnoses — including slow bowel transit and postural tachycardia syndrome — and a multitude of treatments, nothing provided lasting relief.
"It's almost like I kept being dismissed, like what I had going on wasn't an issue," says Molly, who lives with her husband in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. "Deep down, I thought I was losing my mind."
Although Molly lost faith that she'd ever feel well, she continued searching for a path to improved health. One of those paths led her to a conversation with a co-worker, who asked Molly if she'd considered seeking care at Mayo Clinic.
"I never thought that going to Mayo Clinic they would find anything wrong because I was used to never getting answers, but I was so hopeful," Molly says.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.