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Hey, hypochondriacs, here’s some material for you: from comes this list of the “7 Weirdest Medical Conditions.”

You might be familiar with some of them. There’s Morgellons Disease, the one that makes you feel like there’s stuff crawling and biting you from under your skin; Alien Hand Syndrome, where a hand acts as if it has a mind of its own (yes, the Dr. Strangelove syndrome); Cotard’s syndrome, where the sufferer thinks he or she is dead or part of their body is missing or decayed; Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a/k/a hyperflexibility; Urbach–Wiethe disease, the inability to feel fear; Persistent sexual arousal syndrome; and Haemolacria, or crying tears of blood. Are these funny? Not if you have any of them. Are they real? Maybe some are psychological, but if you’re dealing with them, that’s real enough.


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  1. I’m glad Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome is on there. It sounds so awesome at first, but in reality it sucks. Talk about killing your sex life.

    It’s like Pizza. So delicious, but imagine being force-fed pizza all day long every day until you just can’t stand it… And then being invited to a pizza party.

    “No Pepperoni for me, thanks.

  2. Galadriel says:

    Sigh… why am I not surprised to see my condition listed: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type)–which made me a medical mystery for YEARS, which I finally had to figure out MYSELF, and which HURTS and has permanently disabled me and messed up my life, yet I can’t qualify for disabilty. Yes, it’s very real. Yes–thank you for saying–it’s not funny. But it’s rare, and people with it seem OK at first glance; makes it hard to keep a job when you have to call in sick to work because you can’t walk that day. Or you can’t use one of your hands. Or your back goes out for no reason at all. Etc. etc. For more info check out the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation website. One thing you can do for people like me is: don’t think we’re making it up when we look OK but tell you we’re really in major pain!!!

  3. I think I have that alien hand thing…earlier this week I came in side and for no apparent reason, threw my soda on the couch. Not like my hand jerked or anything. It was like…totally controlled. But not by me. (Or, I’m just clumsy, probably that.)

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