Mystery Diagnosis

Season 5 Episode 7

The Sickest Patient in the Hospital

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 24, 2008 on Discovery Health
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The Sickest Patient in the Hospital

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.

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