If you find these diseases in our article surprising? What would you say about the people who experience them?
Let us respect these people who live with a disability because they are heroes. . .
Many strange diseases plague common people, but we only wanted to talk to you about ten (10).
Hypertrichosis is far from being the most painful disease, but it is nonetheless one of the most “disabling.” As you might have guessed, people who suffer from it have strong and literally overwhelming hair growth.
Caused by hormonal deregulation, genetic factors, or by taking certain medications, this condition can affect both women and men. Among the most famous cases, Pedro Gonzales, the inspiration behind the famous beast of Beauty and the Beast …
The Syndrome of the foreign hand.
Foreign hand syndrome is a sporadic neurological disorder that can occur due to brain injury or tumor.
As the name suggests, people who suffer from it lose control of one of their hands. The hand in question does indeed seem to be acting under someone else’s will. . . This hand very often attacks the patient himself.
The pica or to eat what cannot be eaten. . .
Pica is an eating disorder characterized by the urge to ingest inedible things, such as dirt, hair, and chalk, plastic, and even metal and rock.
This disorder, often associated with a pervasive developmental disorder or autism, generally appears in young children. This pathology can obviously lead to serious health problems, especially in the stomach. Pica is a rare condition, without treatment, which can go away as mysteriously as it first appeared.
Capgras’ lookalike delusion (also called lookalike illusion) is a psychiatric disorder leading the patient, who can identify the physiognomy of faces, to affirm that lookalikes have replaced the people around him.
This delusional syndrome, first described in 1923, is more frequent in patients with neurological or psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, brain trauma, or dementia.
Progeria or early aging
Progeria is a sporadic genetic disease affecting children from birth. First manifested with retardation in growth, followed by accelerated aging – hair loss, aging of the skin (wrinkles, weakening), atherosclerosis, cardiovascular problems, etc. The average life expectancy for children with the condition is 15 years.
This photo shows a talk by Sam Berns, himself with progeria. He died at the age of 17.
Fibrodysplasia or stone man disease
Progressive ossifying fibrodysplasia (PFO), also called a human stone disease or Münchmeyer disease, is a sporadic genetic disorder.
Manifested by progressive ossification of the skeletal muscles and tendons, the patient can become severely restricted in his movements, like a stone statue. . . Bone growth is also very painful, and the patient’s life expectancy may decrease to around 40 years. This orphan disease affects about one in 2 million people.
Elephantiasis, or lymphatic filariasis, is a disease associated with Joseph Merrick or Elephant Man, although he actually suffered from another disease, Proteus syndrome. The main symptom of elephantiasis is an excessive increase in the size of a limb or part of the body caused by edema. If it affected more than 120 million people in 2007, it could be eradicated by 2020.
Allergic… to Water!
Some people may suffer from hydroallergy, which causes reactions caused by contact with cold, drunk, or touched water. The reactions can be more or less serious, ranging from aquagenic urticaria to itching to loss of consciousness (hydrocution).
Also called vampire disease (not to be confused with clinical vampirism), xeroderma pigmentosum is a rare genetic disease passed from generation to generation.
This disease, caused by a deficiency in DNA repair mechanisms, causes excessive skin sensitivity to the Sun, eye disorders, and an exponential risk of developing skin or eye cancer. There is currently no treatment.
Cotard or undead syndrome
Patients with this rare syndrome feel their organs putrefying and, in some cases, even believe they have died. Associated with anxiety disorders and depression, this serious disorder can lead the patient to allow himself to die, especially when he thinks he is already dead …