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What happened to Elyn? A medical mystery about strange, life-changing symptoms solved by Mayo Clinic sleuths

Life couldn't have been better for Elyn and Guy Simmons. They were young, successful and ready to start a family. But then the strange symptoms started. And Elyn began to change. In this special, medical mystery episode of NewdMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares the the story of how a hard-to-diagnose disease hijacked Elyn's health. Then she met a team of Mayo Clinic experts who followed the clues and sleuthed out a solution.

Elyn Simmons smiles as she holds her child
Elyn Simmons smiles while holding one of her beautiful babies
Elyn and Guy Simmons
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ROCHESTER — Maybe it was all just part of getting older. That's what Elyn Simmons thought when the symptoms started.

They were mild at first, so she wasn't too concerned. Afterall, she was 28 years old and lived a very healthy life full of exercise, healthy food and strong personal relationships. Elyn and her husband were successful, happy and couldn't wait to start having kids. But they couldn't get pregnant.

What happened to Elyn? A medical mystery about strange, life-changing symptoms solved by Mayo Clinic sleuths
Thu Sep 08 14:40:19 EDT 2022
Life couldn't have been better for Elyn and Guy Simmons. They were young, successful and ready to start a family. But then the strange symptoms started. And Elyn began to change. In this special, medical mystery episode of NewdMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares the the story of how a hard-to-diagnose disease hijacked Elyn's health. Then she met a team of Mayo Clinic experts who followed the clues and sleuthed out a solution.

Then more symptoms appeared and intensified. After a misdiagnosis and treatment that didn't help, Elyn's appearance and personality began to change.

Elyn's story is something of a double mystery. The first part features the Elyn, the series of symptoms that happened over years and the medical team at Mayo Clinic whose sleuthing abilities rival those of Sherlock Holmes. The second part explores why, after treatment, someone may look normal, but feel worse before feeling better.

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Opinion by Viv Williams
Viv Williams hosts the NewsMD podcast and column, "Health Fusion." She is an Emmy (and other) award-winning health and medical reporter whose stories have run on TV, digital and newspaper outlets nationwide. Viv is passionate about boosting people's health and happiness by helping them access credible, reliable and research-based health information from top experts. She regularly interviews experts and patients from leading medical institutions, such as Mayo Clinic.
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