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"Water" or something akin to it obstructing causing sensations within your ear canal: Bad.

Learning there's actually a spider in there: Really Bad + Embarrassing.

Learning it's a famously venomous brown recluse spider: OMFG!!
Missouri woman's ear discomfort caused by brown recluse spider

A woman who went to a Missouri doctor complaining of water in her ear was shocked to be told it was actually a highly venomous brown recluse spider.

Susie Torres said she thought the discomfort in her left ear was being caused by some water, but she went to a clinic in Kansas City to have it checked out and began to worry when the medical assistant expressed concern.

"She ran out and said I'm going to get a couple more people," Torres told KSHB-TV. "She then said, 'I think you have an insect in there.'"

Torres said she was even more surprised a few minutes later.

"She came back in and told me it was a spider," Torres said. "They had a few tools and worked their magic and got it out."

Doctors told Torres it was a brown recluse spider -- a highly venomous species -- but it hadn't bitten the inside of her ear.

"I never thought they would crawl in your ear or any part of your body," Torres said.

Torres said she is taking some precautions while sleeping.

"I went and put some cotton balls in my ear last night, because I did not have any ear plugs," said Torres. "I'm pretty terrified of spiders."

A doctor in Vietnam recently helped a patient who came in with a similar complaint in June. Dr. Thuoc looked into the patient's ear at the clinic in Hai Duong and found a spider nesting inside.

Thuoc was able to use a light to lure the spider out of the woman's ear.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...caused-by-brown-recluse-spider/4381566577758/
 

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OMFG, nightmares i will have *shudders*
 

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Med School Cadaver's Heart Was In the Right Place (But Her Other Organs Weren't)

When students at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland dissected the cadaver of the 99-year-old woman, they found that her liver and abdominal organs were transposed — as if flipped across a vertical axis — though her heart was oriented normally

This is known as "situs inversus with levocardia," and it affects about 1 in 22,000 births, according to OHSU. But unlike most who have this rare condition, the woman experienced no ill effects during her lifetime — in fact, she was completely unaware that some of her organs weren't where they were supposed to be, her family told OHSU.

The donated remains belonged to Rose Marie Bentley, who died in October 2017. Her unusual case was presented today (April 8) in a poster at the 2019 American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology, in Orlando, Florida.

The instructors had never seen this type of organ inversion in an anatomy lab before, "and it's so rare, I'm not sure I'll ever see another one," co-author Cameron Walker, an assistant professor of anatomy in the OHSU Anatomical Services Center, told Live Science.

"The real enlightenment came when we got to the abdominal cavity," Walker said. "When that was opened, we could see that her organs had been transposed." The liver, instead of being on the body's right side, was situated along the midline, with a larger left lobe. The stomach and the spleen, typically on the left, were on the right.

Information provided by the donor and her family suggested that Bentley experienced "robust health" well into her 90s, according to the authors. Over the years, she had undergone several surgeries: doctors removed her appendix, her gallbladder and her uterus. Indeed, the surgeon who performed the appendectomy told her at the time that the organ was on her left side, instead of on the right.

But the other two surgeons did not mention any anomalies in Bentley's anatomy, and her family said that neither she nor any of her relatives suspected that anything was amiss, the researchers said in the presentation.

Aside from the organs' flipped positions, they "did not appear unusual in any way, and she enjoyed normal function," the scientists said.
 

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Another daunting arthropod-in-one's-ear case - this one involving a large bee ...
Patient with severe ear pain had bee burrowing inside him

A doctor in Vietnam shared video of an unusual situation when a patient with ear pain had a large bee burrowing inside his head.

The doctor used a small camera to look inside the ear of a patient who came in complaining of severe ear pain and the cause turned out to be a large bee.

The doctor said the bee was burrowing in the man's ear canal.

The video shows the doctor was able to safely remove the bee.
SOURCE (WITH VIDEO): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...-bee-burrowing-inside-him/4331566937485/?sl=1
 

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CASES of ‘werewolf syndrome’ have grown after 16 children were given contaminated medication from Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The infants developed hypertrichosis – excessive body hair growth – after taking omeprazole which had been contaminated by minoxidil – the active ingredient for alopecia medication.

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-...minated-medication-from-spains-costa-del-sol/
makes you wonder why infants are getting prescribed Omeprazole when it's well known about gut activity and the mind.
 

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makes you wonder why infants are getting prescribed Omeprazole when it's well known about gut activity and the mind.
In Scotland it's usually because they are taking something else that is likely to increase reflux, have a medically significant history of reflux which is affecting well being (so more than the occasional bad night) or as a prophilactic in advance of certain surgeries.

No idea about anywhere else :)
 

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Your mama was right to tell you never to stick something up your nose ...
This Man Had a Drug Parcel Stuck Inside His Nose For 18 Years

Prisoners can be rather creative when it comes to smuggling in contraband. One such individual in Australia filled a balloon with marijuana and hid it inside his nasal cavity, successfully eluding detection. Clever, right?

Unfortunately, he was a little too successful - the mass stayed up there for nearly two decades.

The 48-year-old man's medical journey began with headaches that eventually saw him getting scans to uncover the underlying cause. After a few probing questions, he admitted he'd experienced a stuffy nose on the right side for years, as well as recurrent infections.

Scans revealed a "firm grey mass" in the man's right nasal cavity, so ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists at Westmead Hospital in Sydney performed an endoscopy under general anaesthetic to remove it, revealing a "rubber capsule containing degenerate vegetable/plant matter".

Eventually, the medical staff heard the full story. When the patient was incarcerated at age 30, his girlfriend stopped by with a tiny gift. To get the small bag of marijuana past the guards, the inmate slipped the contraband up his right nostril.

Getting it inside was clearly easier than getting it out again. In trying to fish out the package, the man only pushed it further up his nose. At some point he became convinced the balloon had slipped back down his throat and was lost for good.

To be fair to the patient, losing track of a drug package is easy to do if you think you've accidentally swallowed it. But 18 years later, it gave his doctors a great 'world first' medical report to submit. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-m...-nose-18-years-later-they-were-still-in-there
 

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Your mama was right to tell you never to stick something up your nose ...
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-m...-nose-18-years-later-they-were-still-in-there
Here are the abstract and link for the published report on this incident ...
A nose out of joint: first reported case of prison-acquired marijuana-based rhinolith
Murray Smith, Eugene Wong, Navid Ahmadi and Narinder Pal Singh

Abstract
Rhinoliths are calcareous concretions of the nasal cavity formed around a nidus that may be endogenous (eg, dislodged tooth) or an exogenous foreign body (eg, plastic bead inserted by a child). Rhinoliths are often found incidentally on endoscopy or imaging to assess for other pathologies. The incidence is estimated to be 1 in 10 000 of all otolaryngology outpatient presentations, but this is likely to be an underestimate due to the often asymptomatic nature of this condition. We describe the unique case of a rhinolith that developed from a marijuana-filled balloon that the patient attempted to smuggle into a correctional facility. After inserting the package into his nostril, the patient then mistakenly believed it had been accidentally swallowed. Despite experiencing persistent symptoms of nasal obstruction and recurrent sinonasal infections, the marijuana package was only discovered 18 years after insertion following imaging for an unrelated indication
https://casereports.bmj.com/content/12/10/e231989
 

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Here's how to free a child's tongue that's trapped inside a bottle's opening. Yes - it happens ...
A Child Got His Tongue Stuck in a Bottle. Doctors Freed It with This Ingenious Method

When a boy's tongue became stuck in the neck of a juice bottle, a doctor had a clever idea on how to get it unstuck that was inspired by his memory of opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

The simple solution — an injection of air into the bottle — worked to free the child's tongue without the need to cut the bottle or give the boy general anesthesia, according to a new report of the case published today (Oct. 31) in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.

The use of this "positive-pressure" method "proved to be a simple, effective and safe technique for releasing a tongue entrapped in a bottle," study lead author Dr. Christoph Eich, of the Department of Anaesthesia at Auf der Bult Children's Hospital in Hannover, Germany, said in a statement. "We would suggest trying this method before more invasive procedures under general anesthesia are considered." ...

The 7-year-old boy had been licking the inside of the juice bottle to try to get the last drops of juice, the authors said. But suddenly, the boy's tongue became stuck. His mother tried to remove it by pulling and twisting the bottle, but to no avail. The boy was taken to the emergency room, where a pediatric surgeon also tried to pull the bottle loose, but the boy's tongue wouldn't budge.

So the hospital's anesthesia department was consulted. Doctors gave the boy a light sedative and inserted a thin tube, called a cannula, between the tongue and the bottleneck in an attempt to release the presumed vacuum in the bottle. But this had no effect.

That's when Eich had the idea to inject air into the bottle. Doctors connected the cannula to some IV tubing and a 20-milliliter (0.7 ounce) empty syringe. After a few pumps of air, the boy's tongue squeezed out of the bottle neck. ...
FULL STORY (WITH PHOTOS):
https://www.livescience.com/tongue-stuck-bottle.html
 

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I see, from a story attached to the story above, that Gillette has made a new Ad about a transgenders first shave with his dad, suppose they are trying to make up that 8 biliion they lost.
 

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I see, from a story attached to the story above, that Gillette has made a new Ad about a transgenders first shave with his dad, suppose they are trying to make up that 8 biliion they lost.
Really? All I got was the bloke with tapeworms in his brain after eating a dodgy pork casserole.

(After being taught about the life cycles of parasites at school I've always been very careful indeed around meat, so I found the item interesting)
 

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Ewwwww, i remember my husband was really ill, vomiting and really watery poo it was disgusting, i callled the doc and apparently he had food poisoning from a pork pie from a shop, in the poo bucket was these black things, bout inch maybe more long, they were some sort of a worm coming from him, it blocked the toilet can you imagine having to stick your, covered hand, down that, i was nearly puking.
 

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Ewwwww, i remember my husband was really ill, vomiting and really watery poo it was disgusting, i callled the doc and apparently he had food poisoning from a pork pie from a shop, in the poo bucket was these black things, bout inch maybe more long, they were some sort of a worm coming from him, it blocked the toilet can you imagine having to stick your, covered hand, down that, i was nearly puking.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Ewwwww, i remember my husband was really ill, vomiting and really watery poo it was disgusting, i callled the doc and apparently he had food poisoning from a pork pie from a shop, in the poo bucket was these black things, bout inch maybe more long, they were some sort of a worm coming from him, it blocked the toilet can you imagine having to stick your, covered hand, down that, i was nearly puking.
I really need to hear more! Were they worms then? They don't usually give you food poisoning straight off from pork. Something much worse was going on there!
 

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Ewwwww, i remember my husband was really ill, vomiting and really watery poo it was disgusting, i callled the doc and apparently he had food poisoning from a pork pie from a shop, in the poo bucket was these black things, bout inch maybe more long, they were some sort of a worm coming from him, it blocked the toilet can you imagine having to stick your, covered hand, down that, i was nearly puking.
You should have potted some of them in acrylic. would have made great Christmas presents.
 

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To be so long I suspect they may have been lurking (and enjoying a free lunch) for some time.
 

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I really need to hear more! Were they worms then? They don't usually give you food poisoning straight off from pork. Something much worse was going on there!
All i remember is they were black and thickish and just floating, by thickish i mean bout quarter of an inchish, my hubby was not one of those peeps who moaned when he was ill, this really knocked him back all that from a pork pie, it was from a shop when we lived in Skeggy, we should have told them, god knows how many more was ill.


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This woman's severe rheumatoid arthritis escalated to include a rare condition in which the bones in the hands and wrists shrink, resulting in the fingers "telescoping" (as in collapsing a segmented telescope).
Woman's Bones Shrank in Rare Case of 'Telescoping Fingers'

A rare condition caused a woman's fingers to scrunch back into her hands as the bones of her hand and wrist steadily disappeared, according to a report of the case.

The bone loss caused the 69-year-old woman's fingers to buckle back into her hand like segments of a collapsing telescope, a distinct symptom that explains the unusual condition's nickname: "telescoping fingers."

An estimated 3.7% to 6.7% of people with a condition called psoriatic arthritis develop "telescoping fingers," according to a 2013 report in the journal Reumatología Clínica; the condition also occurs in people with rheumatoid arthritis, but even more rarely. When clinicians originally described the condition, in 1913, they called it "la main en lorgnette," or "the opera-glass hand." That term referenced the telescoping action of magnifying glasses used by theatergoers to enhance their view of the stage, according to a 1938 report in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

In the recent case, described in a report published today (Dec. 11) in The New England Journal of Medicine, the woman's hands appeared severely deformed and swollen when she went to a rheumatology clinic in Turkey for treatment. The patient had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 18 years earlier, and over time, her knuckles had grown so swollen that her fingers skewed to one side, toward her pinky fingers, her doctors noted. Upon examining the patient's hands, the doctors discovered that the bones of her displaced digits seemed unusually short — far too short for the woman to properly flex her fingers or make a fist.

Radiographs of the patient's wrists and hands revealed the extent of the damage: The bones of the woman's fingers, hand, wrist and lower forearm appeared worn down, as if substantial amounts of tissue had disappeared. The doctors diagnosed the woman with telescoping fingers, medically known as arthritis mutilans, and attributed the tissue loss to a process called osteolysis, which causes bones to be "reabsorbed" by cells called osteoclasts. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/woman-with-rare-case-of-telescoping-fingers.html
 
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