A tenacious student uncovered the root of an onslaught of broken bones
He spent several weeks digging into his medical records and scrolling through scientific websites before hitting pay dirt.
She was ambushed by searing leg pain that struck without warning
In her search for relief, the woman remembers feeling a creeping sense of desperation about her unrelenting pain and the absence of an explanation.
This woman’s desperate persistence helped spark her lucky break
Her memory was failing, she couldn’t walk without a cane and felt increasingly helpless.
Five simple steps to avoid becoming a medical mystery
There are ways to avoid being trapped by a condition that doctors can’t understand.
Despite a ‘bucketload’ of drugs, his blood pressure was perilously high
His doctors told him again and again he had essential hypertension — high blood pressure with no underlying cause. But it did have a cause.
A family suffered weeks of dizziness and nausea. A doctor’s hunch uncovered the cause.
They would start to feel better but their symptoms always returned.
She was headed to a locked psych ward. Then an ER doctor made a startling discovery.
She had spent the previous six months at a private treatment center receiving care for mental illnesses.
‘I’m going blind. Somebody’s got to help me.’
For 17 years, she battled baffling attacks of dimming vision, nausea and crushing fatigue.
Hours after a massage, a professor was wildly dizzy and deaf in one ear
Why her spa day had permanent consequences.
Medical mystery: Back pain plagued her for 30 years. A recurring clue sparked a delayed diagnosis.
A woman’s “tipping point” spurred a fresh approach to the problem that dated back to high school.
Her unexplained jitteriness and weight loss were telling clues
An unfortunate combination of faulty assumptions and missed opportunities delayed a common diagnosis.
The unusual headaches that upended this man’s life began with a new car
The duration of his burning pain, triggered by chemical smells, has baffled doctors.
The cause of this baby’s collapse was worse than anything his parents imagined
Specialists feverishly tried to figure out why the 5-month-old stopped breathing.
A novelist’s labored speech signaled an unimaginable diagnosis
An Oregon woman wishes she had known the truth sooner.
For a bicyclist, a long overdue checkup uncovered the unexpected
The 49-year-old had thought his persistent symptoms were no big deal.
A dentist’s viselike pain signaled a nearly invisible disorder
Her anxiety left some doctors skeptical of a physical problem.
A college student’s near fatal collapse uncovered a frightening family legacy
The unknown cause explained a tragic death that had occurred decades earlier.
Her flaming ears foretold a diagnosis that terrified her
Stuck in traffic, she discovered images on her phone that seemed to match her strange symptoms.
A woman’s laborious search uncovered the probable cause of her searing abdominal pain. Getting a doctor to help was much harder.
One surgeon’s open-mindedness led to a successful fix others had dismissed.
Not ‘just depression.’ She seemed trapped in a downward mental health spiral. The real cause was a profound shock.
A brain scan prompted a wholesale reevaluation of this woman’s medical history dating back years.