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    Default Weirdest medical condition you've ever had.

    For me it was a salivary gland stone. And, yes, it is as unpleasent as it sounds. Not as bad as a kidney stone (which I've thankfully never had) but not exactly a fun way to spend a couple of days.

    When I had it, whenever something would make my mouth water (like smelling food or something) the left side of my face would swell up from all the saliva being blocked and unable to get out. Quite painful.

    It finally passed on it's own, which was good, because the treatment would have been a doctor sliding a very thin wire into the saliva duct to fish it out. The doctor told me I should really try to pass it naturally because I would not enjoyt that procedure at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricABQ View Post
    For me it was a salivary gland stone. And, yes, it is as unpleasent as it sounds. Not as bad as a kidney stone (which I've thankfully never had) but not exactly a fun way to spend a couple of days.

    When I had it, whenever something would make my mouth water (like smelling food or something) the left side of my face would swell up from all the saliva being blocked and unable to get out. Quite painful.

    It finally passed on it's own, which was good, because the treatment would have been a doctor sliding a very thin wire into the saliva duct to fish it out. The doctor told me I should really try to pass it naturally because I would not enjoyt that procedure at all.
    I'm glad for you that it worked out. I haven't really had any weird medical conditions myself, but I once knew a guy who had to have surgery to remove an ingrown hair from the vicinity of his anus. He wasn't too embarrassed to talk about it, though, and in fact he thought that telling his story might help others suffering from the same condition to come forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsharpmajor View Post
    I'm glad for you that it worked out. I haven't really had any weird medical conditions myself, but I once knew a guy who had to have surgery to remove an ingrown hair from the vicinity of his anus. He wasn't too embarrassed to talk about it, though, and in fact he thought that telling his story might help others suffering from the same condition to come forward.
    That sounds fairly awful.

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    Having had a kidney stone, I can attest as to how painful and debilitating it was, literally bringing me to my knees in agony. I was then taken by a friend to the hospital, where I was given morphine for the pain and was able to pass it on my own a day or so later.
    I can only hope that your glandular stone wasn't half as painful and am glad that you too were able to get rid of it w/o any further medical intervention. That things as tiny as grains of sand can cause such misery in people has never ceased to amaze me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samurai View Post
    Having had a kidney stone, I can attest as to how painful and debilitating it was, literally bringing me to my knees in agony. I was then taken by a friend to the hospital, where I was given morphine for the pain and was able to pass it on my own a day or so later.
    I can only hope that your glandular stone wasn't half as painful and am glad that you too were able to get rid of it w/o any further medical intervention. That things as tiny as grains of sand can cause such misery in people has never ceased to amaze me.
    Oh, believe me, I would take 20 of what I had over one kidney stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samurai View Post
    Having had a kidney stone, I can attest as to how painful and debilitating it was, literally bringing me to my knees in agony. I was then taken by a friend to the hospital, where I was given morphine for the pain and was able to pass it on my own a day or so later.
    I can only hope that your glandular stone wasn't half as painful and am glad that you too were able to get rid of it w/o any further medical intervention. That things as tiny as grains of sand can cause such misery in people has never ceased to amaze me.
    I am your brother in pain, samurai, having experienced one too. I found it much more painful during the formation of the stone, before I knew I had it - I would have such tremendous agony in my lower back, absolutely inexplicable, and was also eventually given morphine. Once it moved into my urinary tract, it was horrible but not quite so soul-destroying, and then I think the act of actually passing it was made worse by the anticipation than the actual pain.

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    Ophthalmic migraine from paint fumes, went blind for 45 min.

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    The strangest thing I can recall, is actually being conscious during a surgical procedure. It didn't hurt, where they were operating it felt more like tickling than anything else, but this was probably do to the nerve damage in the area, I'm quite surpised to be thankful for that! I couldn't move at all, open my eyes or anything, it was freaky, I could even hear the doctor and assistants chating during the surgery.

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    Yeah... local anesthesia can be disturbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovis View Post
    The strangest thing I can recall, is actually being conscious during a surgical procedure. It didn't hurt, where they were operating it felt more like tickling than anything else, but this was probably do to the nerve damage in the area, I'm quite surpised to be thankful for that! I couldn't move at all, open my eyes or anything, it was freaky, I could even hear the doctor and assistants chating during the surgery.
    Having just undergone a prostate operation some three weeks ago, I can really empathize. That must have been quite a scary sensation. I know when I was given a local for my biopsy procedure instead of a general, I was not a "happy camper" at all. Although the pain was not excruciating, it was enough, and seemed to last longer than the whole procedure actually took.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mephistopheles View Post
    I am your brother in pain, samurai, having experienced one too. I found it much more painful during the formation of the stone, before I knew I had it - I would have such tremendous agony in my lower back, absolutely inexplicable, and was also eventually given morphine. Once it moved into my urinary tract, it was horrible but not quite so soul-destroying, and then I think the act of actually passing it was made worse by the anticipation than the actual pain.
    You are absolutely right, Meph. It is a pain/experience which I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy {I might make exceptions for the likes of Hitler and Stalin, though!}.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    Ophthalmic migraine from paint fumes, went blind for 45 min.
    Ophthalmic migraine in the mild form I frequently experience is still weird enough to be hard to describe. A bright and colorful, jagged and pulsating line across my vision, blocking the center of vision in both eyes, accompanied by mild headache and nausea. Lasts 15-20 minutes.
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    ^ But that was the thing of it, I was supposed to be completely under and yet I was awake. Obviously I'm fine, and as I said, I didn't even feel anything thank goodness. Simply brought it up because of this thread. I've even seen things on the television national news about this very thing becoming more and more common of recent. There is even a hollywood horror/thriller with this exact theme from several years prior, I'm not talking about 'Sublime' (2007) either, but that's another goodie if you like being scared.

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    I don't get migraines thank heavens, or kidney stones; knock on wood!
    Last edited by Wandering; Sep-30-2012 at 03:17. Reason: added knock on wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clovis View Post
    I don't get migraines thank heavens, or kidney stones; knock on wood!
    The real, the genuine migraines - not the piddling things I get - are even painful to observe. My upstream neighbor gets them; she looks extremely miserable.
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