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.”