Anyone from Minnesota ??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cardinal50, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. cardinal50

    cardinal50 New Member

    I live in Northern Minnesota and was just wondering if there is anyone else here from about the same region??

    Thanks for sharing
    God Bless
  2. fireopal

    fireopal New Member

    Yes, I too live in Minnesota - what a great weather day we're having here in SE Minnesota. But you can have the winters!!!
    I usually hibernate from Dec. til March. I moved back here from New Mexico and even tho I've spent two winters back, the cold makes my back go into spasm easily and I can never get warm enuf, just turn up the heat, right? I really do appreciate the greenery and the lakes and the fresh air tho.
  3. MnLady

    MnLady New Member


    I too am from the great state of Minnesota. My husband and I live on our farm here in SE Minnesota. We are about 30 miles west of Rochester so I do my doctoring through the Mayo Clinic.

    I really look forward to meeting some local folks through this board. FM can be a lonely existance.
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    a scarf for her birthday. Lena took it back. Too tight.

    I grew up in Harmony, a village near Rochester w/ a population of 1000. Here in LA I worked in a building that had a population bigger than that.

    The changing of the seasons was always wonderful in Minnesota. The bad part was, one of those seasons was winter.

    I went to school in St. Paul, worked in Walker, moved to Minneapolis. When I was a teenager MN celebrated its centenial. I am probablly one of two people in the world who remember the words to "Minnesota, Hail to Thee".

    Ha det bra.
  5. ilovepink4

    ilovepink4 Member

    yep, mn girl here...kholmes, have you forgotten the mosquitoes??? they drive me indoors most of the summer!!! and the cold keeps me in most of the winter...dh and i want to move south when he retires....but, the autumn is gorgeous and oh so short...

    grand rapids is in northern mn, too, cardinal50, where are you at?
  6. mejlee

    mejlee New Member

    Born and raised in a Twin Cities Suburb!

    I have also thought about going to Mayo. I was told that if you want to go you would you would basically have to plan on being there for 5 wks. min. Kind of hard to do that on SSDI budget and a 14 yr. old daughter. So I put that plan on hold for another 4 yrs.

    Anyone around the TC love their Doctor!!!
  7. donna275

    donna275 New Member

    My parents are still there and my sister lives in Zimmerman (north of mpls.) I get back there once a year to see everyone. I live in Chesapeake, VA now.

    I, too, miss MN. I was there about three months with my youngest daughter and finally got her sledding. That was so fun when I was young.

  8. fireopal

    fireopal New Member

    I lived in Las Cruces for almost 7+ years. We loved it, except for the gusty & dusty season! My husband chose the town after doing some research, he took an early retirement because of a lung condition. Unfortunately after being diagnosed with cancer 2x, plus the treatments, etc. he didn't get to enjoy it very long. I stayed two years, but too difficult on my own. I now live in a small town 25 miles east of Rochester. Before we moved to NM, we lived in Maplewood, an eastern suburb of St. Paul, for almost 14 years. Really liked the area, but the cold drove us away. It's all changed so much even since we were there - so many more people! As far as Drs., I see a GP in Plainview. The one time I consulted the Mayo Clinic about Fibro, they seemed to feel it wasn't a viable condition, maybe they've changed. My mother just finished radiation treatment for breast cancer over there - I was with her when I could be - they were very good with that, cause they have a treatment protocol, but we spent many long days going to several buildings to see several drs/technicians - it can be a tiring and expensive process. I don't have insurance, so I plug along with a GP, as I've seen enuf specialists to last me a lifetime.
    Glad to hear there are so many of us "Minnesnowtans"(past & present) on the board.
  9. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    What town do you live in?

    My father lives in Wabasha and makes the occasional drive to Rochester. There's a beautiful road that drops down from the bluffs through winding valleys that we've driven between Rochester and Wabasha.

    More often, though, he and my step-mother drive to Winona to get groceries at the Coop there.
    I don't think the Mayo Clinic, as good as it is, has been very helpful for many people with CFS or Fibro. A good friend of mine, a former teacher, went to the Mayo Clinic for CFS and they shook their heads and prescribed exercise. Hopefully, things have changed since then.

    I have been too ill to travel back home in this past year, but I'm hoping I'll make it back up there for a visit some time soon.
  10. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I remember camping and fishing near Grand Rapids when I was a kid. It was where I caught my first fish! We had friends who had a cabin up there, but I don't remember the name of the lake.

    And yes, I do remember the mosquitoes and the cold--only too well! But I love Minnesota anyway.

    For folks thinking about going to the Mayo Clinic, I realize that my last message sounded a bit negative, and I hope it doesn't dissuade you from going. I imagine that the doctors there, like everyone else, have learned more about CFS and Fibro in the last fifteen years!

  11. fireopal

    fireopal New Member

    I live in a little town called Elgin, like 900 people! It's in between Rochester & Wabasha - which is also the name of the county I live in. You may be thinking of Hwy 61 which follows the Mississippi River. Otherwise Hwy 42 which travels thru my original hometown of Plainview, 5 miles from where I live now.
    It is very scenic, lots of green and lots of color in the fall. I do try to get out and enjoy the nature when my skin can take the sun. But the predominate color in winter is of course white! But for some reason God wants me up here for now. It was good that I could be here for my Mother's cancer treatment as I had gone thru it with my husband before he passed away.
    I still have friends in Las Cruces that I talk with - it's growing so much down there. But then Albuquerque is huge now, and quite beautiful in between the mountain ranges. Later.
  12. Jen102

    Jen102 New Member

    Have you heard of Dr. KAren Vrchota in Winona? you are so close and she is so good. You can read about her at Blessings to you. Jen102
  13. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Highway 42--that was it. Just beautiful. I like Highway 61 too, of course.
    My Dad and I drove up from Wabasha to go to the Radio Shack in Plainview. In the summer, he also buys fresh buffalo at a stand somewhere along that highway, I think.
    It's delicious!
    I went to Carleton College and I played on the golf team. We were lucky enought to play at the Rochester Country Club. What a beautiful course!
    I'm very glad you can be there with your mother for her cancer treatment.
  14. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I went to see her when I was visiting my father in Wabasha. She is excellent--very knowledgable and thorough. She's probably a bit more helpful for those with Fibro than for those with CFS, but she's a great physician. We need more like her. I'm glad she's still practicing in the area.
  15. fireopal

    fireopal New Member

    What a small world -that your Dad lives in Wabasha, kholmes. My father used to work there as the VA Service Officer, I even worked for him one summer as a teen. I get there once in a while now, usually passing thru. As far as that Dr. in Winona,
    I believe I've heard of her, I will check out her website. Winona is about 40 miles away, but without insurance, I couldn't go see her at this time. I'm not a big fan of medical doctors, anymore I just go for refills or if I want to try a new med.
  16. MnLady

    MnLady New Member

    Hi hon-e-bear...

    I have a female doctor from Mayo who works in Family Medicine at the Kasson office. She is not the one who diagnosed me but she is willing to continue to prescribe the medications I was formerly getting and and also updating and changing those per her thoughts or my request.

    Mayo has a Fibromyalgia 'clinic' of sorts now but I never went to it. My mother, who was diagnosed after me (and at the Mayo Clinic), did though. She was very happy with it.

    My husband works at Mayo in Rochester so we have great health insurance. That has been a blessing in itself!

    Deb in MN
  17. Jen102

    Jen102 New Member

    you are in a bit of a cathc 22--you can't afford to go to the dr, but you don't have adequate medical records to support your disability case, so that you would have money and insurance to go to the doctor. I am sorry.

    One thing about our dear Dr. V is that she writes good notes and really hears her patients. Perhaps, if you are truly unable to work, you would find medical support for your disability claim.

    Dr. V doesn't take medicare, because she couldn't give the service which is needed according to medicare rules, but she does give a cash discount to medicare patients. Things aren't always fair--I've learned that lesson thoroughly by now. Blessings to you. Jen102
  18. aka1977

    aka1977 New Member

    I also live in Minnesota I live near Milaca MN, about one hour from the Twin Cities, and a half hour from St Cloud, & Elk River. Just wanted to say Hi.

  19. morningsonshine

    morningsonshine New Member

    I'm another MN gal, but in the Northern part, almost feel like that's another state from the south.

    The climate and habitat changes so much. My sister calls this rednecked woodtick country!!LOL

    I'm above Bemidji, about an hour from the border.

    Was just trying to find out info. on Dr. Vrchota. Is she in wabasha, or winona?
  20. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    From what I hear, Dr. Vrchota is in Winona now. I saw her when she was in Wabasha about three years ago.

    An hour from the border? You're way up there, indeed.
    Isn't northern Minnesota beautiful?


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