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Rare Medical Mysteries

There are many mysteries in this world that we mortals do not comprehend and seek answers too and when unable to convince ourselves just accept it as part of life.

This very well reminds me of the movie ‘Exorcist‘ a sensational horror movie in which a 14-year-old girl is possessed by the devil and the mother, an actress consults a team of more than 50 doctors who examine the girl in the minutest detail but fail to diagnose her and finally advise to consult a priest as it was a case of exorcism.

Medical mysteries are very difficult to fathom such as people who wake up from the coma after years beginning an entirely new life.

Sometimes all the medications and best medical treatment do not stop the suffering whereas other forms of treatment are effective such as herbal medicine has a positive effect.

They have been many medical mysteries throughout the world some so astounding that it dares belief and defies the imagination.

Sans cerebellum
A 24-year-old woman who went to a hospital complaining of dizziness of dizziness and nausea in China. She told the doctors that she was unable to stand on her own until age 4 and unable to speak intelligibly until age 6. In fact, throughout her life, she told her doctors she’d suffered balance problems. Despite these slight health issues, the woman was married, with a daughter, and had functioned normally for years.

A CAT scan revealed to the shocking surprise of doctors when her doctors looked at the scan and identified her problem: her entire cerebellum was missing.

Musical sounds
Music is a pleasure but only when listened to at leisure. However, what in a rare medical condition one hears songs in their head round the clock. A woman in England Susan Root suffers from music hallucination. She hears Judy garland’s song Somewhere over the rainbow over and over her head. The condition is so severe sometimes her husband has to shout to gain her attention. Doctors have no explanation on the matter.

A migraine is a headache condition which is a debilitating. Doctors and researchers have still not found the cause or an effective cure for it. What they do know is that it is genetic and is passed on to families.

Migraine Sufferers
Migraine Sufferers

Group illness
In El Carmen, Colombia, over 200 teen girls mysteriously fell ill which was inexplicable to doctors. First, it was attributed to mass hysteria but it was later discovered that the village was subjected to a vaccination campaign to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV).” And it could be a case of harmful side effects. However, the mystery remains unsolved.

Induced seizures by Ne-Yo songs
A British woman Zoe Fennessy, 26, suffers from epileptic seizures that cause severe nausea and stops her in her tracks…but only when she hears a song by Ne-Yo, a Grammy-nominated artist.

She has to wear earphones whenever she shops or walks around in public as a way to prevent hearing the pop star’s voice and suffering its effects.

Zoe Fennessy, 26, has an epileptic seizure within seconds of hearing the chart-topping singer Ne-Yo's vocals.
Zoe Fennessy, 26, has an epileptic seizure within seconds of hearing the chart-topping singer Ne-Yo’s vocals.

Stillborn births
British researchers have confirmed that male babies are more likely to be stillborn than females, the reason unknown — significantly so while scientists believe this gender disparity results from some biological source, they have not yet identified an exact or even a plausible cause.

Speak Mandarin
A man woke up from a coma in Australia and upon seeing a Chinese nurse he began speaking he began speaking fluent Mandarin.

Ben McMahon had taken classes in high school and spent time in Shanghai, he was nowhere near fluency in the Mandarin language. No one knows for sure how this language inversion came about, but McMahon’s doctors believe the accident damaged the brain circuitry associated with speaking English while engaging the network linked to speaking Mandarin.

Life without appetite
Landon Jones woke up one day without an appetite and thirst and at the age of 12 has to be forced food and water.

Life without appetite
Life without appetite


Perhaps the greatest medical mystery is the case of Mackenzie Hild, a 19-year-old woman at the time pain who could not eat for 5 years due to an unknown condition which doctors despite hundreds of tests could not explain at all.`

She was told by doctors in a hospital all her tests had proved negative, that is to say, that she was a normal person. They recommended that she go to a medical center where she could be treated for eating disorders.

Hild, weighing only 75 pounds at 5ft 3’ wept as she tried to convince Doctors she didn’t have anorexia. She desperately wanted to eat, she insisted, but couldn’t.

She suffered from severe pain as a result of which she could not eat at all. The pain would last for four hours after she drank or eaten something.

She at first thought she felt the pain due to stress, perfectionism attention seeking or plain hunger but after exhaustive testing and treatment at several of the nation’s most prominent hospitals failed to uncover a physical explanation. Removing her gallbladder didn’t help. Her condition persisted for 5 years during which she was kept alive by being fed by tubes.

During that time she went to South Africa for 10 months and did internships on Indian reservations in the Navajo desert.

At school, her health worsened. A few weeks into her sophomore year, she went to the student health center. “They said, ‘You’re too skinny, we’re putting you in an ambulance,” Hild said, recalling her admission to the Boston hospital.

After her confrontation with the medical team, Hild spent nearly a month in a unit for people with eating disorders. Despite intense pain, she managed to gain nearly 20 pounds. She took a medical leave and spent the year at home, seeing doctors in a futile attempt to determine the cause of the stabbing pain right below her diaphragm, which was accompanied by bouts of nausea.

In the spring of 2011, the pain was so debilitating that Hild opted for a feeding tube that snaked up her nose, down her throat, through her stomach, and into her small intestine. Doctors hoped it would allow her gut to rest and enable her to resume eating.

When her weight reached 105 pounds, doctors approved her return to Harvard. “I loved college, and I was desperate to go back,” Hild said. “But there was still no answer. And I was getting 100 percent of my nutrition delivered through my nose.”

After months of tube feeding, her Boston gastroenterologist, who had ruled out anorexia, grew concerned that her stomach might start to atrophy. He urged her to consume small amounts, such as a few sips of a high-calorie nutritional drink, several times a week.

“I would eat at 8 p.m. and for the next four hours would lie on my bed in a fetal position,” she recalled. The feeding tube also caused repeated sinus infections and frequent hoarseness.

Hild was determined not to let her condition rule her life. She carried a full course load, did volunteer work with the homeless and had supportive friends who included her in their plans. In a nod to her major, Hild approached not eating as “an anthropology experiment.”
“I got used to explaining it,” she said, adding that “it was amazing how much of college revolves around eating.”

In May 2012, San Francisco surgeons replaced her feeding tube with a less conspicuous one implanted in her abdomen. They also removed Hild’s gallbladder. The pain was undiminished.

Hild pictured with adults and children in Kenya this past summer. Despite her illness, Hild managed to graduate from Harvard, spent two summers working on Indian reservations and volunteered in South Africa.

Hild spent the next two summers doing medical work on reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. She saw a world-famous GI expert at a major medical center in the Midwest and spent a week there undergoing a regimen to speed digestion; it didn’t help. “I had high hopes that this would be the answer,” she recalled. She began taking a new drug that enabled her to better manage the pain and nausea. “I began to think that maybe someday I’d get my stomach back.” To adapt and cope was amazing.” Last year, an extraordinary confluence of events would make both a reality.

Mackenzie Hild, 26, a medical student who spent this past summer in Kenya, said her ordeal has given her “a totally different perspective on medicine and a new level of empathy.” (Courtesy of Mackenzie Hild)
Mackenzie Hild, 26, a medical student who spent this past summer in Kenya, said her ordeal has given her “a totally different perspective on medicine and a new level of empathy.” (Courtesy of Mackenzie Hild)

The catalyst was a chance meeting between Hild’s parents and a medical school professor on a remote hiking trail in California’s the Sierra Nevada.

Intrigued by Hild’s case, he asked a fourth-year medical student to review it. The tenacious student zeroed in on an overlooked clue buried in Hild’s voluminous file, then reached out to a surgeon in Chicago. In March 2015, the surgeon performed the 2½ -hour operation that restored Hild’s life.

Such are the medical mysteries of life.

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