These aren’t your average run-of-the-mill common colds. These medical conditions are so crazy that some of them don’t even have names (in which case we of course took the liberty of naming them). So just remember this list next time you have to pay a visit to that dreaded doctor’s office and be glad that you don’t have any of these 25 extremely bizarre medical disorders.
Alien Hand Syndrome
Caused by the separation of lobes in the brain, people suffering from this disorder essentially lose control of their hand as it seemingly takes on a mind of its own. While there is no known cure, giving the hand something to grasp will often be enough to keep it preocuppied.
Wrinkles, baldness, missing teeth…stick around long enough and you’re sure to have your fill. While old age happens eventually, to children affected by Progeria all of those symptoms we dread manifest themselves before the age of two. Unfortunately, although mentally they are still their age, many of these children develop the illnesses typically associated with the elderly such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Rarely do they live to be older than 12 or 13.
Human Werewolf Syndrome
Sure, you may have some hairy friends, but not like this. Formally known as hypertrichosis, there are only about 50 people in the world afflicted with this rare disorder. Unfortunately for them not even laser hair removal is an effective treatment as the hair will rapidly grow back.
Stone Man Syndrome
More formally known as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, this extremely rare mutation of the body’s repair mechanism often causes injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments to be ossified, or turned to bone. In fact, as the name suggests, within decades a person can be rendered completely immobile.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Probably as a result of something malfunctioning in the brain’s occipital lobe, this disorder causes people to percieve objects as being either much larger or smaller than they really are. Moreover, the individual will also mispercieve the passage of time and possibly have their sense of hearing and touch affected as well.
Walking Corpse Syndrome
Officially known as Cotard’s Syndrome, this mental disorder involves an individual who believes they are either already dead or have lost all of their vital organs. Oftentimes it is brought about by a brain injury and can result in people believing themselves to be immortal, which can very easily lead to unintentional suicides.
Foreign Accent Syndrome
Typically the result of a stroke or severe migraine, this extremely rare disorder affects they way an individuals forms his or her words thus giving the perception that they are speaking with a foreign accent. One of the most recent cases was that of Sarah Coldwill in the Uk. After suffering from an exteme migraine she woke up in the hospital hours later speaking with what sounded like a Chinese accent although she had never once in her life been to China.
Allergy to Water
The technical name being Aquagenic Urticaria, this disorder causes the individual to be allergic to water in any form, including tears. Recently, a British woman named Micaela Dutton explained to a local newspaper how she couldn’t even hold her boy because if he started sweating she would break out with an incredibly painful rash.
Allergies to Food
Although many people are allergic to food on some level, imagine being allergic to food period. Joshua, a young boy who recently made headlines, suffers from a form of eosonophilic esophagitis so extreme that even the scent of food could kill him. Until more is known about the disease people in Josua’s shoes have to be fed via a direct tube to their stomach.
Humans actually do have stripes, well not really, but certain skin conditions will expose a series of lines on the skin that otherwise are invisible. The most remarkable thing about them though, is that in every patient they always follow nearly the same pattern.
It sounds great right? Never feeling any pain. The truth is, however, that it is probably one of the most dangerous things that could happen to a human. Often children that are affected by this disorder acquire terribly debilitating injuries as a result of scratching themselves, biting off their tongue, or walking around on broken bones.
Although this may sound like a really cool superhero power, it’s not. Not being able to forget anything can be extremely distracting and there is a reason brains are not typically wired this way. While rare, there are several people in the world who possess this superhuman memory capable of remembering seemingly unimportant details such as the weather every day for the past decade. You can find some of these individuals on our list of 25 amazing savant minds.
Wim Hof of the Netherlands is giving the medical community yet another reason to be baffled as he climbs Mount Everest with nothing but his shorts on and dives beneath arctic ice for record periods of time. Evidently the cold has no effect on him,or at least not to the normal extent.
On the other side of the spectrum are those of us who are actually allergic to the cold. To someone afflicted with this condition even a snowflake in the face could cause uncontrollable itching and a major exposure could lead to shock and eventually death.
Although normally you would just grab a drink of water and wait it out, for the past two years this hasn’t helped Christopher Sands in the slightest. Having tried numerous therapies, doctors around the world are stumped. While hiccups are typically caused by spontaneous contractions of the diaphragm they still haven’t been able to find a cause in Chris’s case.
David is the editor-in-chief of List25. He has a Masters degree in International Business from University of Florida. He loves to break dance, do flips, play guitar, and everything else that is fun. Follow him on Twitter @iamdpegg