20 Bizarre Medical Conditions That Sound Fake But Are Actually Real

The human body exerts many baffling physical symptoms that are far beyond our understanding. Some of them can be diagnosed by the warning signs related to several mental and physical disorders. Even though it sounds too bizarre to be true, the medical conditions shown here are sadly real. There are only a few people in this world who are diagnosed with these conditions. The circumstances surrounding such rare diseases and strange medical conditions are unknown. Here we have compiled 20 such conditions that are known to mankind.




1. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

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Often referred to as “EDS”, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a collection of heritable connective tissue disorders. It is thought to alter the biology of collagen in the body which can lead to multi-systemic symptoms. Physical characteristics such as any of the following are common: soft, stretchy, saggy or too thin skin, easy bruising, easy wounding, poor wound healing and/or atrophic scarring. It is often extremely painful and in some cases can be life-threatening.

2. Dermatographia.

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Dermatographia is a condition also known as skin writing. When people with this condition lightly scratch their skin, the scratches redden into a raised wheal similar to hives. The marks disappear within 30 minutes. Though the cause for this condition is unknown, infections or allergic reactions to certain medicines such as penicillin can trigger this.




3. Real life Smurf – Blue man Syndrome.

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Paul Karason, 62, became internet famous when his skin turned permanently blue after years of self-medication. Popularly known as ‘Papa Smurf’, Karason started turning blue after he tried treating a skin condition on his face with a silver preparation. He’s also been drinking colloidal silver, which is silver in a liquid suspension, for about 14 years, he says. Colloidal silver was commonly used by doctors as an antibiotic before the invention of penicillin in the 1930’s.

4. Synesthesia – joined perception.

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Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses. There are synesthetes who hear sounds in response to smell, who smell in response to touch, or who feel something in response to sight. Any such combination of these senses are possible. There are rare cases where some people who possess synesthesia have three or even more senses.

5. Aphantasia – the inability to generate visual images.

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When you hear the word “apple”, do you picture a Red Delicious apple or a green Granny Smith? Or neither, because you can’t visualize the image of an apple. Aphantasia can be a congenital condition or acquired after brain injury. These people do not possess a functioning mind’s eye. Hence, they cannot visualize any images in their head and have a hard time remembering people’s faces.




6. Tinnitus – a constant ringing sound in his/her ears.

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If you experience a ringing sound in your ears that no one else can hear, you may have tinnitus, an audiological and neurological condition experienced by nearly 50 million Americans. It is the perception of sound when there is no actual external noise present. Commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. The ringing sound could be coming from one or both ears and in some cases, sufferers can even hear music or unclear voices in their head.

7. Body Integrity Identity Disorder – BIID.

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BIID is a psychological disorder in which individuals think that some of their body parts don’t belong to them. Also known as Amputee Identity disorder, people who suffer from this disorder are extremely annoyed by that body part and would go as far as removing it permanently, to feel normal.




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  1. Actually, in number 13, her brain does NOT flip it. In fact, everyone else’s brains flip the information from the retina. The lens on the average human eye is a converging lens with a particular focal point, and all information on the retina is upside down and has to be flipped by the brain to be the right way up. Lo, the reason will not be because her brain flips it, but because it does not and the question will be why her brain does not flip it.

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