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Jay Fidanza

Jay only knew there was something off with his vision. His ophthalmologist, Dr. Louis Verstringhe, knew something was very wrong. He told Jay to get to the emergency room right away.

“I was seeing double, my eye lid drooped, and my blood pressure was off the charts. I was pretty scared.”

In our ER, Jay underwent an extensive medical exam and a series of diagnostic tests. His blood pressure was a problem for sure, but there was more. He needed to see our neurologist, Dr. Rajiv Padmanabhan. Dr. Padmanabhan confirmed what Dr. Vestringhe had first spotted, diagnosing Jay with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare neuromuscular disorder. Dr. Anant Shenoy, a neurologist at Baystate Medical Center who specializes in neuromuscular disorders, was brought in as a member of Jay’s growing medical team.

Jay’s primary care physician, Dr. Russ Thomas, also worked with cardiologist, Dr. James Arcoleo, to get Jay’s blood pressure under control and to determine that no damage had been done to his heart.

“I’m finally on the right track and honored to share my experience. These guys had the most amazing bedside manner and knew just when to ask other physicians for their opinion and help. I don’t know if everyone realizes what a blessing it is to have a hospital like this in our own community. I sure do.”

For health care you can believe in, call 413-773-2454 for a list of providers on staff at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.