Maisi Schrauth

First post: Jul 28, 2022 Latest post: Jan 25, 2024
Two years ago, Maisi started experiencing swelling in her gums.  Not thinking too much of it, she sought out advice from several dentists who eventually referred her to a specialist.  The periodontist did a scan that looked like she had Osteomyelitis, which is an infection in the bone.  Maisi was then sent to an Infectious Disease doctor who put her on antibiotics and referred her to a local oral surgeon for follow up care.  The local oral surgeon did a biopsy which came back inconclusive simply stating inflammation in the jaw bone.  This was a relief as cancer seemed to be ruled out.  The local oral surgeon consulted with Loyola University to get their opinion on the situation.  They diagnosed Maisi with Non-Bacterial Osteomyelitis.  Many regiments of medications were tried to see if they could control the swelling with no luck.  Since medications weren’t working, the next step was major jaw surgery.  Frustrated with how things were going, Maisi started to do her own research and realized that she should be seeing a rheumatologist.  After going to a rheumatologist, they consulted with a specialist in Iowa and eventually put her on Humira and Methotrexate.  12 weeks after starting these medications, Maisi could tell the medications weren’t helping, in fact they were making things much worse.  The local surgeon sent Maisi back to Loyola.  Once meeting with the oral surgeon in Loyola, it was clear another biopsy needed to occur before proceeding with jaw surgery.  On Friday, July 22nd, Maisi received the unfortunate news that it is a cancerous tumor.  

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