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10 Unsolved Medical Mysteries That Still Baffle Doctors

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:46
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Over the years, the medical community has made a number of discoveries which have lead to problems being solved and illnesses being cured. However, despite its best efforts, there are still plenty of problems out there which the medical community cannot seem to solve.

Some medical phenomena are so extraordinary that they leave doctors and medical researchers grasping at straws. Looking to learn about these medical phenomena? You’re in the right place.

Here are 10 unsolved medical mysteries that still baffle doctors to this day.

1. Morgellons Disease

Morgellons Disease is the name for a condition in which the sufferer reports extreme itchiness, the existence of fiber-laden lesions, and the feeling of bugs crawling under and over his or her skin. The only problem is that, when the sufferer reports these symptoms to his or her doctor, said doctor is not able to find a source for these symptoms.

Some doctors believe the problem to be a psychological one; these doctors think that patients are suffering from a mental health condition known as delusional parasitosis. However, at this point, nothing has been definitely proven.

2. The Long Fall Survivor

Imagine falling from 47 stories above the ground. Now, imagine falling from 47 stories above the ground . . . and living.

While this probably sounds crazy, a window washer by the name of Alcides Moreno has proven that it can happen. In 2007, Moreno and his brother both fell from approximately 500 feet in the air while washing windows. While Alcides’ brother died instantly upon impact with the ground, Alcides somehow survived.

To this day, no one has any idea as to how a man could survive a fall of this magnitude.

3. Water Allergy

Did you know that human beings can actually be allergic to water? Well, they can be.

While these individuals are still able to drink water without any problems arising, they usually run into problems when trying to wash with it. Bathing in water typically results in these individuals breaking out into red, itchy hives.

Though this condition has a name (aquagenic urticaria), it has neither a known cause nor an established cure.

4. Foreign Accent Syndrome

One of the weirdest medical mysterious out there is Foreign Accent Syndrome. This is a syndrome which causes the afflicted to, quite literally, start speaking in an accent which he or she has never been exposed to before.

There are hypotheses as to why this issue arises. It tends to rear its head after the afflicted person is affected by some sort of physical trauma. Because of this, doctors think the cause is neurological.

However, there are also doctors out there who think that it could have psychological origins. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no definitive answer.

5. The Girl That Can’t Feel Pain

New York’s All Women’s Medical Office has seen some interesting cases, but it has never seen anything quite like this next medical mystery; the mystery of the girl that can’t feel pain. That’s right; there is a girl living on this planet who can not feel any pain whatsoever, and her name is Gabby Gingras.

Unfortunately, while living life pain-free might seem like a great thing, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. Because she can’t feel any pain, Gingras has been involved in a variety of accidents. These accidents have resulted in lost teeth, head injuries, eye injuries, and much more.

The cause of her affliction? To this point, nobody has any clue.

6. The Man That Can’t Get Cold

Wouldn’t it be great to never feel cold? A man named Wim Hof has an answer backed by a lifetime of experience, and that answer appears to be “yes!”

Wim Hof was born with an other-worldly tolerance for cold, allowing him to withstand Arctic climates without so much as a sweater. In fact, Hof has actually run marathons in the Arctic Circle without any shoes on.

Looking for a reason for Hof’s extreme tolerance? You’re not going to find one. It’s an absolute mystery.

7. Dancing Plagues

One of the strangest mysteries we’ll discuss is dancing plagues. These phenomena took place primarily in the 14th and 17th centuries and involved mass groups of people getting up and dancing together for no particular purpose. In most cases, these people would dance to exhaustion, collapsing together, and sometimes even death.

The two most remarkable dancing plagues took place in the cities of Aachen and Strasbourg. In both of these cities, spontaneous dancing persisted for weeks at a time.

There have been hypotheses for the cause of dancing plagues, but, as of now, there is nothing which is for certain.

8. The Toxic Woman

In 1994, a woman by the name of Gloria Ramirez was dying from cervical cancer. One night, she became deathly sick and was expedited to the local hospital.

Somehow, along the way, over 20 of the healthcare employees who made contact with her became sick as well, suffering from severe faintness and muscle spasms.

While some doctors believe that she was emitting a poisonous gas which formed as a result of a medicinal chemical reaction, nobody knows for certain what the real problem was.

9. The Man With the Smelly Finger

Once upon a time, in 1996, a Canadian man accidentally cut his finger on a chicken bone. What happened next he never could have expected. His finger started to smell . . . really, really bad.

This problem persisted for a few months, and then suddenly, out of nowhere, just went away. Doctors tried to find the cause for the smelly finger, but couldn’t even come up with a decent theory.

10. Anti-aging

There have been several reports of people who, quite simply, don’t age. Not only do these people not grow physically, they don’t grow intellectually either.

The most serious known case of anti-aging belonged to Brooke Greenberg, a 20-year-old who weighed in at only 16 pounds, and who had the intellectual ability of a 2-year-old.

As of right now, there is no known cause of this anti-aging phenomenon.

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