These off the wall medical disorders are so
much more than the flu or your average run-of-the-mill common cold. They’re far more rare and mysterious.
Some of them don’t even have names. (Of course, we took the liberty of naming them.) I’m Mike
with List25 and remember this list next time you have to pay a visit to that dreaded doctor’s
office and be glad that you don’t have any of these 25 Extremely Bizarre Medical Disorders! 25.
Alien Hand Syndrome Caused by the separation of lobes in the brain,
people suffering from this disorder essentially lose control of their hand as it seemingly
takes on a mind of its own. While there is no known cure, giving the hand something to
grasp will often be enough to keep it preoccupied. 24.
Progeria While old age happens eventually, to children
affected by Progeria, all of those symptoms manifest themselves before the age of two.
Although mentally they are still their age, many of these children develop the illnesses
typically associated with the elderly, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Rarely
do they live to be older than 12 or 13. 23.
Human Werewolf Syndrome Sure, you may have some hairy friends, but
not like this. There are only about 50 people in the world afflicted with this rare disorder.
Unfortunately for them, not even laser hair removal is an effective treatment as the hair
will rapidly grow back. 22.
Stone Man Syndrome This extremely rare mutation of the bodyâ€™s
repair mechanism often causes injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments to be ossified, or
turned to bone. In fact, as the name suggests, within decades, a person can be rendered completely
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome Probably as a result of something malfunctioning
in the brainâ€™s occipital lobe, this disorder causes people to percieve objects
as being either much larger or smaller than they really are. Moreover, the individual
will also mispercieve the passage of time and possibly have their sense of hearing and
touch affected as well. 20.
Walking Corpse Syndrome This mental disorder involves an individual
who believes they are either already dead or have lost all of their vital organs. Oftentimes,
it’s brought about by a brain injury and can result in people believing themselves to be
immortal, which can very easily lead to unintentional suicides. 19.
Foreign Accent Syndrome Typically the result of a stroke or a severe
migraine, this extremely rare disorder affects the way someone forms words, giving the perception
they are speaking with a foreign accent. One of the most recent cases was Sarah Coldwill
in the United Kingdom. After suffering from an extreme migraine, she woke in the hospital
speaking with what sounded like a Chinese accent. She had never once been to China. 18.
Allergy to Water This disorder causes someone to be allergic
to water in any form, including tears. Recently, a British woman named Micaela Dutton explained
to a local newspaper how she couldnâ€™t even hold her boy because if he started sweating,
she would break out with an incredibly painful rash. 17.
Allergies to Food Although many people are allergic to food
on some level, imagine being allergic to food period. Joshua, a young boy who recently made
headlines, suffers from a form of this. It’s so extreme that even the scent of food could
kill him. Until more is known about the disease, sufferers to this allergy have to be fed via
a direct tube to their stomach. 16.
Blaschko’s Lines Humans actually have stripes. Well, not really,
but certain skin conditions expose a series of lines on the skin that otherwise are invisible.
The most remarkable thing about them, though, is that in every patient, they always follow
nearly the same pattern. 15.
Pain Insensitivity It sounds great, right? Never feeling any
pain. The truth is, however, it’s an extremely dangerous condition for a human. Often, children
affected by this disorder acquire terribly debilitating injuries as a result of scratching
themselves, biting off their tongue, or walking around on broken bones. 14.
Forgetlessness This may sound like a really cool superhero
power. The truth is itâ€™s not. Not being able to forget anything can be extremely distracting.
There’s a reason brains are not wired this way. While rare, several people in the world
possess this superhuman memory, capable of remembering seemingly unimportant details
such as the weather every day for the past decade. 13.
Cold Immunity Wim Hof of the Netherlands baffles the medical
community as he climbs Mount Everest with nothing but his shorts on and dives beneath
Arctic ice for record periods of time. Evidently, the cold has no effect on him, or at least
not to the normal extent. 12.
Cold Urticaria On the other side of the spectrum, some are
allergic to the cold. To someone afflicted with this condition, even a snowflake in the
face could cause uncontrollable itching. A major exposure could lead to shock and eventually
Perpetual Hiccups To get rid of hiccups, most grab a glass of
water and wait it out, but for the past two years, this hasnâ€™t helped Christopher
Sands in the slightest. Having tried numerous therapies, doctors around the world are stumped.
While hiccups are typically caused by spontaneous contractions of the diaphragm, they still
havenâ€™t been able to find a cause in Chrisâ€™s case. 10.
Pica Characterized by eating substances with no
nutritional value, the reasons behind it vary. It can be the result of cultural traditions
but is also found in children with developmental disabilities or iron deficiency. 9.
Vampire Syndrome Porphyria is an incurable and inherited disease
that causes not only blisters but also cramps and paralysis whenever that person is exposed
to sunlight. This shouldnâ€™t be confused with polymorphic light eruption. The latter
is actually a fairly common disorder afflicting approximately 15% of North Americans, creating
mild rashes upon initial springtime exposure to sunlight. 8.
Trichotillomania With this disorder, people compulsively pull
out their hair. The peak is between ages 9 to 13. In extreme cases, they might actually
ingest the hair as well. 7.
Kleine-Levin Syndrome This strange and little-understood disorder
causes people to sleep for weeks on end. Fortunately, most children afflicted will see the symptoms
disappear by the time they reach their twenties. 6.
Dystonia A rare disorder, individuals suffer abrupt,
involuntary twisting motions whenever their muscles sustain any contraction. It can also
be difficult to diagnose as it’s often mistaken for or coexist with other illnesses, like
Exploding Head Syndrome Often attributed to stress, people will be
startled out of their sleep in the middle of the night as a result of hearing a loud
banging sound. As of yet, doctors have been unable to isolate any negative effects of
this phenomenon other than people developing an extreme aversion to falling asleep. Fortunately,
the bangs typically subside after several days. 4.
Perpetual Shuteye In what has been baffling doctors all over
the world, Natalie Adler of Australia has a problem with her eyes, more specifically
her eyelids. Every now and then, they will close tightly and not reopen for up to three
days. Doctors believe it may be a type of conversion disorder, something that happens
when a person internalizes various psychological issues which then manifest themselves physically. 3.
Fish Odor Syndrome As a result of the bodyâ€™s inability
to break down a certain organic compound found in numerous foods, an afflicted individual
tends to give off an overwhelmingly strong fish-smelling odor. Unfortunately, no cure
exists, but thus far, people have managed to control it by employing various diets. 2.
Blue Skin Disorder As a result of something called methemoglobinemia,
which causes decreased blood oxygen levels, some people develop a very deep bluish tint
to their skin. The cause of this hereditary disorder was recently discovered, however,
and those who it afflicted have since received treatment, their skin reverting back to normal. 1.
Tree Bark Skin This hereditary skin disorder is caused by
HPV. Wart-like growths appear on the skin and spread out of control. One of the worst
cases on record is Dede Koswara from Indonesia. He recently had 95% of his warts removed,
but within the year, almost all of them grew back. So, do you or anyone you know have a bizarre
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