Weird – Unsolved Medical Mysteries

There are some medical conditions that sounds weird and have remained a mystery for the medical profession. Will doctors solve these unsolved medical conditions sooner?

No Cure for Hiccups
Christopher Sands, 25, has been battling hiccups, normally a mundane, short-lived biological function, for more than two years.
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Can’t Open the Eyes for Three Days
Natalie Adler, 21, of Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia finds herself unable to open her tightly shut eyes, one morning. The bouts generally last for about three days, after which she can open her eyes and once again see normally. Adler has suffered from the condition for the last four years, she said. Doctors, both in Australia and the United States, are baffled as to the exact cause — or indeed, whether her condition is physical or psychological.
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Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome
Persistent sexual arousal syndrome, or PSAS, usually happens to women which causes them to live perpetually at the brink of orgasm. And up until 2001, it was a curse that didn’t even have a name. Relief from the condition is often as elusive as sympathy. The sensations, which are not brought about by fantasies or other sexual thoughts, are often only partially relieved through orgasm. For some women, even sex does not help quell their arousal, and on occasion can even make the sensations worse.
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Man with Strong Resistance to Cold
Wim Hof, 49, of the Netherlands, possesses such a strong resistance to cold that scientists remain baffled as to how he endures many of the tests to which he exposes his body. The Guinness world record holder has immersed himself, nearly naked, in ice for one hour and 12 minutes. In January 1999, he traveled 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle to run a half marathon in his bare feet. Hof earned more recent renown for scaling Mount Everest in his shorts.
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People Who Are Allergic to Cold
Those with a condition known as cold urticaria — quite literally, have an allergy to cold temperatures. If you put an ice cube on somebody that has cold urticaria, they’re going to have a big welt right where the ice cube was. A minor exposure, such as taking a few snowflakes to the face during a blizzard, can result in the formation of itchy, uncomfortable bumps. A major exposure — such as from diving into a chilly swimming pool — could theoretically be enough to send the body into a potentially deadly allergic shock.
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The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep
4-year-old Rhett Lamb, who, according to his mother, stays awake nearly 24 hours a day. After a number of conflicting opinions, Rhett’s parents finally learned what was wrong with their child: Doctors diagnosed Rhett with an extremely rare condition called chiari malformation. There is a 50-50 chance that the sleep will improve.
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Memory Disappears in a Flash
The 57-year-old Beki Propst, who 10 years ago experienced a grand mal seizure, lost a lifetime of memories. Details of Propst’s case continue to baffle doctors. What they do know is that a devastating “electrical storm” in her brain caused her declarative memory to be wiped clean. Facts, events, dates, acquaintances and even her identity were wiped away. As Propst describes it, “If I was a computer, it would be like my hard drive was erased.”
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Foreign Accent Syndrome
The 52-year-old Canadian Rosemarie Dore, had a stroke on the left side of her brain in 2006 that led to a very unusual side effect — she began to speak with a different accent. Dore, who lives on the Western side of Lake Ontario, adopted a distinctively eastern Canadian accent. She has never been to that region, and she does not know anyone from that part of the country. Though rare, foreign accent syndrome is not entirely undocumented in medical literature. Researchers who have studied the syndrome estimate there are only as many as 60 legitimate recorded cases.
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Source: ABC News]