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Mysterious Medical Cases that are Too Weird to Believe

With the advancement of research and medicine, even the impossible to cure diseases are now treatable but there remain some mysterious medical cases shun the medical experts. Some of them are as follows.

  • Siblings who feel no pain

Most people grow up playing with sand, toys, or pillows. But Paul and Vicky Walters were two siblings who experienced more ‘happening’ childhood that often ended up at a doctor’s clinic. This brother-sister duo spent most of their time pulling out each other’s teeth, burning the bodies, falling from swings, and other dangerous activities. But one thing that is more shocking than these weird hobbies is that they didn’t feel any physical pain.

Yes, that’s true. Both these siblings were born with a rare medical condition named congenital analgesia. In this disease, the patient’s body and brain are unable to signal the warnings which explain why they didn’t feel pain doing all these activities.

There is not much information on this disease; all that researchers know is that there is some loss the sensory perception and the person feels no sensation of cuts, wounds, burns, or anything.

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  • A man who can ‘taste’ words

This sounds so weird but doctors have reported a man who claims to taste his words. This man is now 61-years old, and his name is James Wannerton. Ever since he was a child, he knew something was odd in him.

At first, doctors declared him to be imaginative about his condition. But his brain scans reported some parts of the brain to appear triggered when he is reading or speaking. Some of the sounds even induced his hunger which is highly unusual.

He recalls that saying his own name brings a chewing gum flavor. He describes his other family names to taste like peas, condensed milk, and blackcurrant yogurt.

Although it sounds unbelievable doctors explain this condition as synaesthesia. In this disease, the major senses of the body are somehow tangled and one of them overcome another. It is a completely involuntary action and its patient can taste words while speaking, or see shades while hearing voices.

There is no explanation of what causes this condition.

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  • A man who can hear body organs

This looks like a horror movie plot but a toyshop vendor from West Sussex reported hearing to the extremely loud noise of his own body organs. He said that he can hear his own teeth crunching, movements of eyeballs, and footsteps that are too loud that they almost make him deaf.

He said that he sometimes also hears his own lungs breathing which is why he avoids going to public places. Adding up to the mysterious medical cases, this condition is called “superior canal dehiscence syndrome” which is extremely rare.

It is characterized by the presence of small holes in-ear which speeds up the sound processing, making the almost inaudible sounds too loud for its patient. even the body sounds are also hearable by a person suffering from this disease and he may also hear the sound of blood running through his body.

There is no information on why these holes are caused and if it is genetic or developed later on. However, this patient was brought back to normal hearing through ear repair surgery which has improved his condition.

 

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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