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(CNN)   Remember those "fainting goats?" Well, some humans have the same affliction. God loves a good joke, no matter what species   ( cnn.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Stiff Person Syndrome, bone marrow transplant, benzodiazepines, syndrome, i'm ok, cardiology  
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2014-02-06 01:03:22 AM  
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2014-02-06 01:35:10 AM  
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"Yet after years of freezing and falling unexpectedly because of stress or sudden sounds, many patients with SPS develop agoraphobia, an irrational fear of certain places and/or situations. They become housebound, unable to venture outside their comfort zone."

What's so irrational about it? Who wouldn't prefer to stay home if at any time without warning you can keel over onto your face? I'd hardly get out of bed, myself.
2014-02-06 12:13:35 PM  
1 vote:

my Hubby also has crooked fingers, a mild lazy eye (only noticeable during a stiff attack), a Pigeon Breast, can't swim without freezing, Acid Re-flux from his meds, ADHD*, and may need his hip replaced when he's older like his mother (who also has the disease).

And a woman I know is painfully recovering from an operation she had (thanks to Obamacare) to repair an anal fistula she got from letting an infected abscess go too long because she didn't have insurance. She told herself it was just a big zit or something that'll heal by itself, then the next thing you know she's in septic shock. That was rough: IV antibiotics for a couple days, then a couple weeks of packing the wound while she's having diarrhea from the antibiotics. (I'd rather picture flesh-eating bacteria, frankly.)

And my youngest niece has been suffering for three years from occipital neuralgia that makes my worst migraines & hangovers sound like a hangnail.

When will people stop being worse off than me? Maybe I should start a support group for People Who Don't Have It That Bad, Considering.
2014-02-06 05:11:51 AM  
1 vote:
Agoraphobia sucks, to say the least.
2014-02-06 01:46:19 AM  
1 vote:
I thought the goat thing was more akin to narcolepsy.
2014-02-06 01:43:11 AM  
1 vote:
The Wikipedia article on fainting goats says they have this condition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myotonia_congenita

People can get that too.

One thing I love about Fark, it's educational.
2014-02-06 01:38:11 AM  
1 vote:

Bonanza Jellybean: I was expecting this article to be about cataplexy. I have a narcoleptic friend who wuffered cataplexy, and if she got worked up emotionally, she would just kinda slump over.

That would certainly put a different spin on fight-sex...
2014-02-06 12:27:37 AM  
1 vote:

sjcousins: I'm living with stiff person syndrome but so far it only affects one part of my body.

So you watched this week's Arrow too, huh?
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