Doctors Reveal The Rarest Disease Discovered in Their Patients

4. Trying To Convince A Patient And Her Parents That There’s Nothing Wrong At some point, when a person believes that they’re sick, it can be… Trista - October 11, 2021

4. Trying To Convince A Patient And Her Parents That There’s Nothing Wrong

At some point, when a person believes that they’re sick, it can be difficult for a doctor to convince them otherwise, no matter how much medical information is provided to them. One such condition is called delusional parasitosis, where a person suffers from a psychological disorder where they believe they are infected with parasitic worms or bugs. Providing medication for these parasites can have terrible side effects, and there’s no guarantee the patient will feel “cured” since there’s nothing wrong with them anyway. Unfortunately for Smeeee, they had one such patient come in.

“She actually brought a sample of these worms. She brought them in a glass, covered with saran wrap. I held it up to the light. It looked like saliva with clumps of mucus in it. As I was trying to convince her that it was just normal spit, her parents arrived. Mom and dad were livid with me when I suggested that it was in her head. So I opened up the glass, and with a gloved hand, I pulled out the “worms.” I ran it around in my fingers and showed them. I saw it in dad’s face, and then he turned to his wife and said, “honey, I think we need to talk.” I left the room, and they took her home 15 minutes later.”


3. When Someone Catches The “Forgotten Disease”

It’s one thing to get a rare disease, but it’s something else to contract something called “the forgotten disease,” which means that it’s not diagnosed very often. Unfortunately, if a doctor doesn’t consider this kind of diagnosis, then it could result in the death of the patient. OrdinaryBunbury wasn’t the doctor in this story, but their friend ended up being diagnosed with their rare and horrible condition.

“Someone I was close with in college came down with Lemierre’s Syndrome. He was home for Christmas break and had a sore throat. And he went to the doctor, the doctor said to hydrate, and it should go away. He dealt with it for another day or so. Then he started to get really bad headaches, and was throwing up a lot. Finally, his mom realized that he was throwing up excessively frequently and also there was blood. So she took him to the ER. He was also allergic to penicillin. That turned out to be a good thing because, apparently, that would have made it much worse. Apparently, one of the doctors thought, hey, it might be Lemierre’s Syndrome. And sure enough, when they started treating him for that, he started getting better.”


2. A Doctor Performs Surgery For One Thing And Discovers Something Else

Many surgeons never know what they’re going to find when they perform surgery on someone. Even with the latest in technology, they can end up surprising themselves once all of the layers are peeled back. That’s because medicine and science can be unpredictable, leaving doctors scratching their heads. jacquesrabbit decided to share this story of a surgery that revealed much more about the patient than even they knew.

“A guy came to to the hospital because of abdominal pain. He was diagnosed with an incarcerated hernia and sent to OT for exploratory laparotomy. Then the surgeon went in to see the inguinal anatomy if there is any other anatomical problems/disorders, i.e., torsion incarcerated inguinal hernia. Then, the surgeon could not find the testes. He went right into the scrotum but could not find any testes. So, he finally decided to pull out whatever organ he could find in the scrotum. He pulled out two eggs and a butterfly-shaped organ. They confirmed it: it was a uterus and two ovaries.”


1. A Story of The Body Trying To Destroy Itself

Autoimmune diseases are some of the strangest conditions that people have to deal with on a daily basis. To put it simply, the body’s immune system is basically targeting the other parts of the body, leading to a lot of pain and inflammation that can appear like other allergic reactions. themidnightradio’s girlfriend ended up being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, but she had to go through a lot before the doctors figured out what was wrong.

“One day, she noticed some little red dots on her legs, but they didn’t itch and weren’t raised. We figured it was an allergic reaction to her new body wash or something, so we didn’t worry too much. One day, she came home from work early because her legs had swollen up, and she could barely walk. She spends the next four weeks in three different hospitals until dermatologist figures out she has henoch schonlein purpura. That is basically an autoimmune disease where the white blood cells attack the blood vessels, destroying them. Blood was flowing down into her legs and couldn’t return.”