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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.

TrustMeImLeifEricson

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.

bstyledevi

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.

PMME_ur_lovely_boobs

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 .

clangalangalang

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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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!