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For the last year the world has only been able to focus on Covid. It has been the main and often only disease we discuss. Of course we had reason, being trapped in our own lives by a debilitating illness will hinder many a conversation, but we can't forget that there are many more diseases out there that we need to not ignore.

Redditor u/Azooz7up wanted to hear from the medical professionals about what health issues we need to know more about by asking.... Doctors of Reddit, what is a disease that terrifies you but most people don't care about?


Rodents and Plague

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Hantavirus. Found in rodent waste and inhaled, makes you bleed to death before diagnosis.

Rabies is nothing to mess around with either. Once symptoms appear, a miserable death is all that's left.

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Pre-existing....

Doctor here. Strokes

Risk factors include most of the "prexisting condition" that nobody seems to care about (hypertension, diabetes, smoking). And once you get a stroke it's can be extremely debilitating and life changing.

I have seen people go from "but grandma was fine just a touch of the sugars" to "grandma now can't move, talk, or feed herself".

The fact that 1) your life can change from 1 minute to the next and 2) the fact that you are basically a prison of your own body after wards is just terrifying to me.

Loose_seal-bluth

Syndromes

There are two.

'Locked In Syndrome' would be so utterly tedious you'd want to die, especially if it was misdiagnosed as a vegetative state.

Severe 'Central Pain Syndrome' is so awful people with it frequently do end their lives.

Dr_Evils_Med_School

A colleague of mine treated a woman who was diagnosed with Locked-in Syndrome. What made it worse is that she (the woman with the syndrome) was a nurse at the hospital she was admitted into. It was just so sad. Being aware of what's going on around you but unable to move or speak.

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Common yet Severe Changes....

Doctor, currently in residency.

I'd agree with prion diseases that were already mentioned but a terrifying one that is not as known is HSV1 encephalitis. Caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus which is incredibly common (mainly known for causing cold sores).

HSV encephalitis affects all age groups and almost always leaves people with significant neurological damage or personality changes.

Unstoppable....

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Prion diseases, specifically Fatal Familial Insomnia.

Imagine one day you can't fall asleep for some reason. Within about 18 months, you'll be dead, and there's absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.

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The exact pathogenesis is not known, although immunosuppression may increase risk. It's rare, but the fact that there is not much of a warning to it and the fact that it can permanently change your personality and leave you with long-term neurological symptoms even with early treatment with anti-virals is terrifying to me, especially with how common HSV 1 is.

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Get Dry

Alcoholic hepatitis (acute liver injury from alcohol) and cirrhosis (chronic liver injury).

We do not really have any treatment for it beyond steroids (that only sometimes help) in the acute period and supportive care. Not entirely clear why particular alcohol toxin exposures result in the acute injury (i.e. some people may be heavy drinkers for a lifetime and have no major acute hepatitis episodes, whereas other people aren't even heavy drinkers and just one bad binge send them over the edge). Our ICU is often filled with chronic liver cirrhosis patients awaiting transplant and the vast majority do not make it to that point .

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Mercy for Uncle

My "uncle" (more like a godfather if my culture did those) died from CJD in 2009; and he was actually a doctor, so he knew exactly what to expect. The only "mercy" was that it worked fast, about 8-9 months from diagnosis to death. My father has been suffering from Alzheimer's for almost a decade now, and in a strange way I'm jealous of those whose loved ones go quickly. Hopefully you know what I mean, as I imagine anyone who's dealt with Alzheimer's should.

LollyHutzenklutz

the hunger

Med student here. Leach-Nyhan Syndrome is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. Most people have never even heard of it before. It's an error in purine metabolism. This syndrome has a ton of symptoms and co-morbidities, but one of the most shocking is self-mutilation. These babies often eat their own lips, fingers, and hands. They also tend to slam their heads against objects.

They often have to be restrained and either have their teeth removed or wear a mouth guard, older people with the disease often ask to be restrained because they have no control. What makes this disease even worse though is these individuals are not insensitive to pain. So they feel the pain as they in lack of a better term "eat themselves."

PhD_in_life

While in Trauma...

Trauma surgeon:

Simple bad luck...

I see so many people die falling from standing... not really a disease but I have seen things as simple as stepping off a parking block lead to someone losing their leg.

Or a 13 year old girl get scalped when her hair got caught in a go cart engine fan.

Fall from deer stand.

Fall through your roof onto your wife while you were both up there looking for the leak.

Nephew accidentally shooting your penis and scrotum while looking at a shotgun.

Edit: My two actual disease I don't ever want Fistulizing Crohn's disease.

Necrotizing pancreatitis especially from something like gallstone pancreatitis.

Dysdiadochokinesia

Losing the basics....

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Not a doctor, but my mom's side of the family is plagued with Huntington's. If one of your parents has it, then you have a 50/50 shot of getting it. It is legitimately a concoction of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in one.

I've already seen the involuntary twitches and restlessness of my mom while she sits and watches TV. Definitely don't want to get tested to find out whether I have it or not. I used this example in University for context. Write your name down on a piece of paper and then try doing the same thing while constantly shaking your arm. Something as simple as writing your name or dialing a telephone become nearly impossible tasks.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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