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03/07/2007 07:52 PM ID: 60766 Permalink   

Girl Can't Stop Sneezing, Doctors Stumped

 

North Carolina resident Brooke Owens has not been able to stop sneezing for the last three weeks - and although it's not the first time in the last two years she's had long bouts, this time she has been forced to be home-schooled.

Doctors examining her have eliminated any neurological disorder or allergy as the cause, and add that she suffers from "machine gun" sneezing - one right after another. Other specialists say it's probably a stubborn foreign object or polyp.

"A complete history needs to be taken, and then a full physical examination needs to take place, possibly including endoscopic examination and CT and/or MRI scanning," said Dr. Jordan Josephson.

 
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First there's a girl who cant stop hiccuping, and now another girl of the same age just weeks later cant stop sneezing? Fake. I WANNA BE ON TV KTHX
 
  by: DarkWave     03/07/2007 08:44 PM     
  she could...  
 
do some real damage here... if anyones sneezed for afew minutes on end you'll know what i'm talking about... it must be hurting like hell by now...

but... what happens when she sleeps? You can't sneeze in your sleep - especially constantly...
 
  by: dook   03/07/2007 09:11 PM     
  The bodys own  
 
muscle relaxents would kick in at sleep. The part that stops us running around in our sleep etc. Same way people with cronic hiccups can sleep.
 
  by: ssxxxssssss   03/07/2007 11:02 PM     
  Just put a plastic bag over her head.  
 
The sneezes will go away after a while.
 
  by: walter3ca   03/08/2007 01:07 AM     
  @walter  
 
I hear that also decreases life expectancy :P
 
  by: DarkWave     03/08/2007 06:45 AM     
  lol?  
 
 
  by: pas content   03/08/2007 10:24 AM     
  *golf clap*  
 
well crafted
 
  by: caution2     03/08/2007 11:08 AM     
  Hey don't joke...  
 
I occasionally have issues like this myself... Sometimes I'll sneeze 10 to 15 times in a row, usually producing at least some blood towards the end. When it happens, it seems completely random.

@jsinclaire
The primary effect of cocaine is to make you want more cocaine :P
That being said, it does have anaesthetic qualities.
 
  by: winterblade   03/08/2007 05:34 PM     
  @winterblade  
 
The cause of your bloody sneezing perhaps? :)
 
  by: Jediman3     03/08/2007 05:40 PM     
  yeah  
 
The basal ganglian and the thalamus are relatively inhibited during sleep which would control this movement similiar to tics or choreas.
Also you can isolate the nerve... most likely the buccal branch of the trigemenal (pterygoid palatine ganglion) and anestatize it. It depends on where the irritation is coming from. If it can't be found she may need brain surgery to destroy the motor reflex of the sneeze... ouCH!
 
  by: kuhl   03/09/2007 02:33 AM     
  @jedi  
 
Hah - septum problems prevent recreational activities of that sort :P
 
  by: winterblade   03/09/2007 03:26 PM     
 
 
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