I said "disease or pathogen." Parasites are pathogens.
Apr 26 13 10:42 am Link
Fort Collins, Colorado, US
Been thinking about this for a few days. For infectious diseases:
Individually, Nipah virus (the basis of the movie Contagion).
From a public health perspective, influenza viruses. Too many, and no way to make enough vaccine for the highly pathogenic strains.
Apr 28 13 07:41 pm Link
Sun City, California, US
"At the 3 WEEK mark their skin peeled off....."
You deal with this nightmare for 3 freaking weeks - - - And THEN, your skin sloughs off??????
Apr 28 13 08:50 pm Link
Isn't there another disease like ebola where your organs liquify and you die slowly as it all turns to mush?
I had what doctors thought was tb of the stomach when I was younger. that was quite bad
Apr 29 13 03:37 am Link
Portland, Oregon, US
From family experience: Alzheimers.
Apr 29 13 08:22 am Link
Imagine being completely and totally paralyzed. No ability to move your body under your own power what so ever. Now, imagine still being able to feel everything, hear everything, see everything, and be completely aware of the world.
Apr 29 13 08:37 pm Link
Wilmington, Delaware, US
This thread got me to start a thread on Dr. assisted suicide. I would rather be put down than suffer these things. I've gone though some bad medical stuff but these things scare the hell out of me.
Would you want the doctor to take you out?
Apr 29 13 08:54 pm Link
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
My mother was aware for one of her numerous surgeries, but paralyzed and unable to communicate that she was awake. She was also able to feel to some degree.
Apr 29 13 09:07 pm Link
Laura UnBound wrote:
There's actually a plant-based poison that temporarily causes Locked-In Syndrome. Curare'.
Apr 29 13 11:41 pm Link
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Agreed, that one is awful. Studied that last week.
Apr 30 13 01:08 am Link
Madison, Wisconsin, US
That happens during surgeries, right?
Apr 30 13 06:30 am Link
Had one in 1998.... Was bad
Apr 30 13 06:32 am Link
Louisville, Kentucky, US
I'm terrified of having a stroke that traps my functional mind inside a non-functional body. My best friend has orders to give intensive rehab 2 years (and try any quack treatment they can think of) at the most, and then slip me some insulin or nightshade or something.
It is my worst nightmare. I worked with my mother through her stroke (and she recovered perfectly) and I'm watching my FIL deal with it right now... and he's just deteriorating physically so badly, and it sucks to watch his so-very-alive mind raging behind his eyes when he can't make his body respond.
Apr 30 13 07:06 am Link
The Original Sin wrote:
I've worked with patients like that. It's heart breaking and gut wrenching. However, you might be able to derive some small comfort from the fact that we're making astounding progress in treatment for patients like that. Everything from systems set up to communicate from within a damaged body to (no shit) cybernetics. It will take time to see truly significant advances get fielded and implemented, but I promise you they are coming.
Apr 30 13 10:54 pm Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Cancer or any STD that is not curable and has outbreaks no thanks
May 01 13 05:19 am Link
The Original Sin wrote:
The day I had mine Nov. 28. 1998 was the day I will never forget.
May 01 13 08:06 am Link
CVA means "Cerebrovascular Accident." The word "Cardio" refers to the heart.
May 01 13 02:21 pm Link
Thankyou my bad. Well it was in the brain. X Ray I had showed a long dark scar in the right cerebellum
May 01 13 10:31 pm Link
If you haven't read it, you should pick up the book "My Stroke of Insight." It's written by a Neuroanatomist who had a stroke and, because she's a brain doctor, she was able to identify the exact region in her brain where the stroke was occurring by what intellectual functions were being effected. She was alone at the time, and by bypassing and rerouting her own thought processes, was able to gain control of her own brain long enough to call for help. It's absolutely fascinating.
May 02 13 12:21 am Link
That sounds totally fascinating I will look that up
May 02 13 04:38 am Link
Another one that's kinda is Rhabdomyolysis. It's a toxic syndrome caused by massive trauma to muscle tissue, usually from significant injury. It's not usually fatal (20% mortality rate up to about 60% with renal failure) and can be treated, but you can actually get it just from exercising too much and taking muscle building supplements. I've seen professional athletes and special forces operatives push themselves too hard, and then they wind up in my ICU.
May 02 13 12:51 pm Link
Austin, Texas, US
Alzheimer's is a personal fear of mine, though things that can take you suddenly and quickly once symptoms show up scare the heeby-jeebies out of me.
Like, rabies. Man. Takes a couple of months to show up, but on the off chance that you had no idea you were infected, once those symptoms begin popping up your survival rate drops to nearly 0. That shit's . Also, prions (CJD
May 02 13 01:56 pm Link
Lynchburg, Virginia, US
Ebola is certainly scary, but I vote for terminal stupidity.
May 02 13 01:59 pm Link
Exserohilum rostratum. It's a species of fungus that had apparently somehow found it's way into a sterile vial of steroids for injection, and wound up eating the victims' brains.
May 04 13 01:52 pm Link