October 25, 2012 by
photo by Robert McDon.
Because of our interest in all things bizarre in the medical world, we spend a lot of time scouring the internet for news of the weird. At the risk of being a bit controversial, we submit to you a condition we found via News of The World, a UK website. In a 2007 article they tell us about Sarah, a then-24-year-old girl with a very strange medical condition.
She can’t stop having orgasms.
She has 100 to 200 orgasms per day. She can’t use a hairdryer, ride in a car, or even be in a noisy room full of people because the vibrations send her into fits. She has a condition called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome (PSAS), and before you start feeling jealous, imagine not being able to control when (or where) you reach your “happy place”. She’s a beautician, and she has to deal with having all these orgasms every day right in front of people. You can imagine, it’s pretty hard to get things done when your body is busy climaxing all the time.
PSAS is likely a nerve disorder, though not enough people have done studies on it to know for sure. The condition is pretty rare. It was only first documented in 2001. It seems that most triggers are certain types of drugs. For sure, Sarah’s symptoms didn’t start until she’d been on anti-depressants and then went off them. Ever since then, she’s been suffering with this disorder.
Because the condition is thought to be nerve-related, physical therapy is one possible treatment. Similarly, because the nerve disorder thought to cause PSAS is pundendal nerve entrapment, surgery is another option. Surely there must be something that can help people like poor Sarah. Too much of a good thing is still…too much.
August 21, 2012 by
What would you do if you felt like you had bugs crawling on you? How about if you felt like you had bugs crawling OUT of you? What if you started pulling long fibers out of your skin? Or if you had unexplained sores all over your body?
Now, think about what you would do if you had one or all of these symptoms, and nobody believed you.
That’s exactly what has happened to many people who suffer from a disease they call Morgellons. The name comes from a 17th century medical letter that spoke of children who had bristles growing out of their backs. Mary Leitao gave the disease this name when she couldn’t get any doctor to recognize there was something actually wrong with her son. He had the symptoms listed above, and all medical specialists told Leitao that she was projecting her own fears illness on to her son via Munchausan By Proxy and that there was nothing really wrong with him.
There are many other sufferers who have faced the same challenge – to have debilitating pain and itching, lack of mental clarity, extreme fatigue and have doctors tell them they were crazy.
A few doctors, however, have taken note and are convinced that Morgellons is a real disease. One theory is that the fibers are plant-based and that the cause for tree tumors has found its way into the human body. Another theory is that the fibers are the shells of worms that invade the human body. Neither theory is exactly comforting, although they are more comforting that the conspiracy theories that abound related to government toxin cover-ups and alien invasions.
Certainly if you suffer from these symptoms you should seek out a doctor who believes in finding a cure to help. And our advice? Stay away from the internet, because you never know what they are going to come up with next.
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