Items Tagged ‘patient stories’

January 18th, 2018

It’s worth traveling to UCLA

By Lucky Traveler brandtlegg

I am 51 and have a diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma, and just underwent a central neck dissection, right modified radical neck dissection. During a previous surgery, I had a total thyroidectomy and had a difficult recovery due to issues with the breathing tube. So I was dreading this procedure, which I’d been told would […]

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Tags: anesthesiology, central neck dissection, Dr. Karen S. Sibert, Dr. Michael Yeh, papillary thyroid carcinoma, patient stories, radical neck dissection, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, thyroid cancer, thyroidectomy

January 18th, 2018

Discovering the UCLA East-West Medicine Center

By LucysDad babakryan

I got sick about 4 months ago. I didn’t know what it was. I had itching sensations all over my body, but there was no rash or any other visible sign. The itching was so bad that I could not sleep at night. I was staying up all night itching myself and only pass out […]

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Tags: acupuncture, biliary duct, bilirubin level, blood tests, Dr. Lawrence Taw, Dr. Rachael Maciasz, eastern medicine, energy, ERCP, integrative medicine, itching, itching sensations

January 18th, 2018

Found the Right Doctor!

By Jen gatchi2

I live in Las Vegas. My endocrinologist there told me my calcium level was high but said I could either wait and monitor it or have surgery. What I didn’t know as the pros and cons were not really explained is that waiting could make the problem worse. As I didn’t have any symptoms, I […]

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Tags: bone density, calcium level, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, endocrinologist, endocrinology, high calcium levels, osteoporosis, patient stories, surgery, UCLA Endocrinology

Zoe's Music Therapy Story

January 17th, 2018

Zoe’s Music Therapy Story

By Expressive Arts Therapies jennabollardmusic

Zoe Crouse is a 14 year old with a fiery, fun-loving and caring spirit. Zoe has an immense love and appreciation for music. Zoe was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and in November of 2017, she experienced a cardiac arrest and left cerebellum stroke which resulted in severe neurologic devastation and lead her to […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life, music, music sessions, music therapy, patient stories, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

January 13th, 2018

Surprise Diagnosis

By DrewR adrlocations

My GP felt my neck at a routine physical and thought it felt a little thick. I had a biopsy done and the results were benign. However, I had to have the left thyroid removed because it was so enlarged. After the surgery they found thyroid cancer in a lymph node. Dr. Livhits called me […]

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Tags: benign, biopsy, cancer, Dr. Masha Livhitz, enlarged thyroid, lymph node, patient stories, surgery, thyroid, thyroid cancer

January 13th, 2018

An Opera Singer’s Story

By The Deepest perrylbasso

When I was first diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism and a multi-nodular goiter the real possibility that I may lose my voice and my career as a professional opera singer and actor was frighting. My original consult with another surgeon left me seeking a second opinion and better options for me. My wife and I called a […]

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Tags: Dr. Michael Yeh, hyperparathyroidism, multi-nodular goiter, patient stories, surgery

January 12th, 2018


By Terry777 mikahwilliams2

When I was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism I was experiencing a lot of symptoms that I couldn’t explain and with my diagnoses I gained a sense of sanity as there was now a concrete explanation as to why I was feeling this way. I had a lot of confidence in the outcome of my treatment […]

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Tags: Dr. David Ahn, Dr. Masha Livhits, hyperthyroidism, patient stories, surgeon, symptoms, UCLA endocrinologist

January 11th, 2018

All’s well that ends well

By Ana manam515

I am a student and I am taking a class where we had to monitor our blood pressure. Mine was high so I went to UCLA Health. I was examined by a cardiologist and scans were done but they did not find the reason for the high blood pressure so I was referred to an […]

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Tags: adrenal gland, blood pressure, cardiologist, CT scan, Dr. Masha Livhits, endocrinologist, high blood pressure, patient stories, student

January 11th, 2018

Worth It

By Daylin kayline30

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. That was very stressful but when a doctor explains things to you the knowledge helps. You need to pick the best surgeon – they will tell you your options for surgery. Decisions are made on a case to case basis. Some need a lobectomy. In my case, the left […]

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Tags: cancer, Dr. Masha Livhits, lobectomy, patient stories, surgeon, thyroid cancer

January 10th, 2018

I’m very appreciative!

By Slow Nana ajcollins04

When my numbers were elevated, my primary doctor took me off my blood pressure meds to try to reduce them but the numbers remained high. I had been in a bad auto accident so there was some thought that the numbers could be stress/trauma related. But then I saw an endocrinologist who said it was […]

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Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Michael Yeh, Dr. Yeh, endocrinologist, hyperparathyroid, patient stories, primary doctor, stress