Jessica Saccone has been a healthy, happy teenager until she becomes unusually tired and sleeps for 10 straight days. She is taken to many doctors to find out the cause, including therapists, but they find nothing wrong with her. Eventually, though, a TV episode leads Jessica's parents to a doctor who finds out that she has Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS). Edward Leigh has been a healthy, confident young man until he starts experiencing abdominal pain and diarrhea. He also becomes nauseous, but his doctor thinks he simply has irritable bowel syndrome. To make matters worse, Edward soon experiences hemorrhaging from his rectum and even passes out. After being dismissed so much, he finally learns that he has stage 3 of colon cancer.moreless
Ever since young Averi Williams has been born, her parents have become worried about her. Averi cries constantly for no apparent reason, has unusually bluish sclera, has an enlarged forehead with protruding veins, fails to gain weight, and has breathing problems. These symptoms turn out to be caused by malignant infantile osteopetrosis.
Since she was fifteen years old, Lynn Sanders has been experiencing chronic pain in her hands and wrists. The pain spreads to her joints, and it turns out that Lynn has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.moreless
Ever since she was born, young Claire Mantey has had a strange birthmark and swelling on the left side of her face. It didn't seem so serious at first, but the swelling and discoloration persist. Claire gets many ear infections, pain in the left side of her face, and eventually, fibrous displasia that spreads from her left jawbone to some of her other bones. It turns out that Claire has been suffering from a rare disease called lymphangiomatosis. Sue Ingraham has been a healty, active mother until she experiences some unusual pain in her leg. She tries to just deal with it, but her knee freezes up, and her pain worsens, spreading to her groin area. A doctor later finds out that Sue has had a rare, benign tumor on her sciatic nerve called a neurofibroma.moreless
A 20-year-old college student named Mary Ann Piazza has been happy with her job as a babysitter and college life, until she develops an unusual cough. It seems to be from minor ailments, but the cough proves to be incredibly persistent, and she becomes fatigued. Worse, Mary Annalso deals withshortness of breath, wheezing, constant weight loss, night sweats, and itchy skin. After being dismissed for three years, one doctor finally figures out that Mary Ann has been suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma the whole time. Since young Danielle Barckett's parents have brought her home from the hospital, they have noticed she has problems. Danielle vomits every time she is fed, yet she manages to gain weight over time. She also has diarrhea and a distended belly from ascites accumulating in her abdomen. It turns out that Danielle has a rare genetic disorder called tyrosinemia.moreless
Ever since she was born, young Ashley Wolf has been dealing with diarrhea. She develops a voracious appetite, learning problems, and even cataracts. It turns out that Ashley has a genetic, metabolic condition called Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX). Young ER nurse Nissa Penland has been healthy and busy until she experiences night sweats, fever, and abdominal pain. Initially, she believes she may have a virus, but her lymph nodes soon become swollen, she becomes bloated and too nauseated to eat, her spleen becomes enlarged, and her hands swell up. Nissa fears she may have lymphoma, but actually she has been suffering from adult-onset Still's disease.moreless
When young Collin Campbell develops breathing problems, it appears to be minor and treatable, but his symptoms keep coming, and treatments stop working. Fortunately though, his chest x-rays and CT scan help confirm that he has a birth defect called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM). Laura McCann, an entrepreneur and single mother of two, suddenly develops diarrhea. At first, it appears to be from eating the wrong foods, but the diarrhea takes over her life, and she has some episodes of incontinence. Eventually though, Laura learns that she has Habba syndrome. Quettia Davis has been a busy, healthy college student, until she accidentally drops her crocheting and steps on her needle. After this incident, she becomes fatigued, numb, and weak, hindering her walking ability. A doctor diagnoses her with lupus and prescribes her treatments, but her symptoms soon return, and sheloses her vision in one eye. Her condition has been so bad that Quettia is forced to drop out of college. Thankfully though, Quettia finds out she has an autoimmune condition called multiple sclerosis (MS).moreless
Dan Hammond, a father of six-year-old triplets, has been healthy when suddenly, he discovers a strange lump on his tailbone. He thinks surgery should've taken care of the problem, but later on, Dan deals with painful, swollen legs; insomnia; a sudden bout of vomiting; a bright pink spot on his neck; a skyrocketing fever; and vision problems, especially in his right eye. It turns out that Dan has an autoimmune disorder called polyarteritis nodosa. Since she was twelve years old, Lauren Warren has been suffering from a set of baffling symptoms. She has pain from her neck, down to her thighs; tachycardia; and reddish-colored urine that looks thick at the bottom. Surprisingly, Lauren's pain seems to disappear when she runs and consumes sports drinks and other sugary stuff. Then, she gets a tetanus shot after receiving a huge cut on her foot, and her attacks begin again with muscle twitches. After suffering for thirty years, Lauren learns that her body is producing too much heme fyrom a genetic condition called porphyria.moreless
For many decades, Carole Battle has been a healthy, active mother and watercolor artist, when suddenly, she starts having balance problems. Initially, it appears to be an infection of her inner ear, but soon, Carole also develops dizziness, and eventually, speech impediments. It turns out that Carole has had cancer that is being kept in check by a rare autoimmune disease called paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD). Since young Rachel Webb has been born, her parents have been worried about her. She has urine that smells like maple syrup, cries constantly for no apparent reason, has feeding problems, and becomes unresponsive for a while. Eventually, Rachel goes into a coma, but fortunately, the doctor finds out that she has maple syrup urine disease.moreless
Nicole Guerin is a young woman who has always had seasonal allergies, but suddenly, her episodes become extremely frequent. She has many sinus problems, nosebleeds, fevers, chills, night sweats, problems with her eye, a swollen right knee, facialpain,and chest pains with shortness of breath and wheezing. Doctors can't tell what's wrong with her, until one does an invasive lung biopsy on her. Nicole then learns that she has a rare autoimmune condition called Wegener's granulomatosis. Marathon runner Aran Gordon has been a healthy man approaching middle age, until he somehow becomes unusually tired. With this onset, his bones begin to crack, he gains an orange discoloration of his skin, his joints become extremely painful.,his heartpalpitates, and his liver becomes enlarged. Aran's symptoms are so bad thatthey hinder hisrunning, but fortunately, he eventually finds out that he has a genetic condition called hemochromatosis.moreless
Nineteen-year-old Meredith Estes is excited to finally start college when suddenly, she gets a sore throat. At first, she doesn't worry too much since her friends also felt a little under the weather, but her sore throat persists. To make matters worse, Meredith also sleeps more than usual. She developsnight sweats, fevers, and swollen tonsils and vomits at some point. Meredith loses her memory, her head becomes swollen, and her vision and speech deteriorate. Doctors are unsure about Meredith's ailment, until she goes through a craniotomy. They finally figure out that Meredith has been suffering from Lemierre's Syndrome, a disease that has been forgotten, due to the heavy use of antibiotics. Doug Posluszny has been healthy, until he suddenly becomes dizzy, with flushing skin, chills, and a headache. At first, it seems that he's simply dehydrated, but Doug soon develops numbness and tingling; excruciating, persistent headaches; weight loss; memory loss; and chest pains with breathing difficulties. Doctors believeit's all in his head, butafter an old acquaintance refers him to a certain doctor, Doug finds out that he has had Lyme disease the whole time.moreless
Sixteen-year-old Jennifer Fagenson comes down with altitude sickness and takes aspirin to help relieveit, but unfortunately, this lands her in the hospital. Thinking she may be allergic to the aspirin, she stops taking it, but she deals with excruciating stomaches, internal bleeding, indigestion, backaches, and diarrhea for the next13 years. It turns out that Jennifer actually has a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Joyce Gonzales, a healthy mother of two, suddenly has pain in her hand and forearm that spreads to her other arm and weakness in her hands. She is initially diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, then chronic pain syndrome, but the pain is too much for her, and she also finds out she has brain lesions. After being dismissed so much, Joyce finds out that she has a hereditary form of cavernous angioma.moreless
Young Zach has been healthy and quick-learning, until he becomes a year old, when his right eye appears turned in. Initially, it appears that he simply has a lazy eye and needs glasses, but these corrective lenses don't help. His walking and talking abilities begin to deteriorate and he develops issues with his immune system, yet doctors fail to find out the cause, until one learns that he has unusually high levels of iron in his brain. It turns out that Zach has been suffering from an extremely rare condition called infantilel neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD). Cheryl Marshall was always a happy girl, until she was about to start middle school. She began to sweat more than normal and developed an unpleasant odor. At first, it seemed to be from her hygiene, but showering and deodorants didn't help. Not even surgical removal of her sweat glands have managed to curbCheryl's odor. Her situation feels hopeless, until eventually, she takes part in a special test and learns that she has trimethylaminuria (TMAU).moreless
Carol and Fred Kurpiel adopt two seemingly healthy children, when suddenly, they notice something strange with one of them. For some reason, young Ashley's big toes are in an unusual position with a bump on each of them, and she has a lump on her shoulder, which spreads to her arm. That arm soon gets amputated, and things seem to return to normal, until her parents discover a lump on Ashley's left shoulder. It seems that Ashley has fibromatosis, when actually she has had fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). When twenty-year-old Jake Geiger starts college, he suddenly feels intense pain in his back and discovers infectedcysts on his rear. His problem appears minor at first, but along with the cysts, hedeals withheadaches, fatigue, orange-colored urine, and jaundice. It turns out that Jake's symptoms, except the cysts, are caused by thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).moreless
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