10 Weird Health Problems
1Priapism – Persistent Erection
This is one boner that's not particularly fun and in fact is downright dangerous. A priapism is defined as an erection that lasts more than 4 hours (and you're not working on a porn movie). There are many things that can cause a priapism, including leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and even the bite from a black widow spider. It can also occur due to an injury. One 22-year-old man from Dublin recently endured a priapism that lasted for SEVEN WEEKS due to a bicycle accident. (Kids, listen to what the Viagra commercial says: if it persists for more than 4 hours, call a doctor, as you could die!)
2Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)
This is another condition that sounds sexy, but also isn't very much fun. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) was first diagnosed in 2001 and is a very rare condition that affects primarily women, but men can get it too.
It is not known what causes it, but it has been brought about by injury and is also linked to anxiety and depression. Some women can experience hundreds of orgasms daily, others feel like they're constantly on the edge. All of them experience a great amount of pain and personal embarrassment. In 2012, two women were reported to have killed themselves and there is currently no completely effective treatment.
3Face Blindness or Prospagnosia
Have you ever looked at someone and thought you recognized them but can't place it?
Probably. But what about looking at someone and not recognized them, even if they were your own mother?
That's what happens to people who suffer from Prospagnoisa, or Face Blindness. This occurs in some form in 1 out of every 50 people and some people do not even realize they have it (until they get slapped in the face). Do you have prosopagnosia? Take this test to see!
4Anterograde Amnesia – Teenager Can't Remember The Day Before
Much like the movie Memento, he cannot remember who he is, who his friends are, or even that he's supposed to brush his teeth. Fortunately, his loving parents take good care of him (he's 19 now) and he wears an iPhone around his neck, which contains reminders and helps him navigate the world. “He's a compassionate, thoughtful young chap and we're very proud of him,” his mother was quoted as saying.
5Hyperthymestia – People Who Can Remember Everything
The opposite problem of #4 is called Hypermthymestia, and is an extremely rare condition where people seem to be able to remember every detail about nearly every moment in their life. If you give them a date, they will tell you the day of the week it was, the weather, what they were wearing, and other mundane details as if it were yesterday. There are only 6 known cases of this problem, one of which is celebrity Marilu Henner, star of the 1970s show Taxi. Watch her segment on 60 Minutes below:
6Synesthesia – Incongruous Sensations
7Methemoglobinemia – The Blue Fugate Family of Kentucky
Martin Fugate wasn't sad, but he was blue when he arrived in Trouble Creek in 1920. This was caused by methemoglobinemia, a condition which restricts the flow of oxygen around the body, causing the azure pallor (but are usually fine otherwise).
Fugate married Elizabeth Smith, who wasn't blue but carried the recessive gene. Four of seven children were blue, and due to the remoteness of their village and societal norms which allowed them to marry cousins, their children ended up having dozens of offspring with the condition. The family's story is written about here in more detail:http://www.indiana.edu/~oso/lessons/Blues/TheBlues.htm
It should also be noted, this is different from Paul Karasen, aka “Poppa Smurf” who turned his skin blue from ingesting too much silver.
8Congenital Hypertrichosis – Human Werewolf Syndrome
9Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome or Accelerated Aging
10“Tree Man” Disease – Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis
Dede Kosawa was an Indonesian man who lived with this condition for 20 years and was nicknamed the Tree Man. If he would get them cut off, they would quickly return. In 2008, doctors from the US began treating Dede. He reportedly made a lot of progress but was never able to fully rid himself of the affliction.
There are so many unusual health problems that we can't list them all. But please, tell us your "favorite" that we missed in the space below.
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