Mystery Diagnosis

Season 5 Episode 9

The Woman Who Couldn't Cry

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2008 on Discovery Health
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The Woman Who Couldn't Cry
Ever since she was five years old, Linda Charles knew there was something wrong with her. Her troubles start with frequent cavities and a dry mouth and progress with painful muscles and joints; dry, swollen eyes; fatigue; severe heartburn; and stomachaches. After being dismissed by many doctors, Linda eventually finds out that she has an autoimmune disorder called Sjorgen syndrome, which attacks her fluid-producing glands. Jennifer Gershman has been a healthy, active mother, when suddenly, she starts gaining weight every month. She tries exercising more, but along with her fluctuating weight, she gets edema, or swelling, in her legs, ankles, and feet. It turns out that Jennifer has amyloidosis, which causes her white blood celss to turn into abnormal proteins.moreless

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