medical mystery

Why This Woman Suffered an Allergic Reaction to Essential Oils

Janice Brisco feared the swollen bumps on her skin would become debilitating. Could her doctors find the cause?

This Young Woman Thought She Had a UTI—Then Her Kidneys Started Failing

Read the fascinating true story of how doctors stopped at nothing to solve a terrifying medical mystery.


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This Toronto Man Had a Headache For 12 Years—But One Doctor Wouldn’t Give Up on a Cure

An experimental procedure turned out to be the secret to ending his headache nightmare.



This Woman’s Deteriorating Vision Puzzled Doctors. Was a Parasite to Blame?

Nida Shahzeb was frantically reading everything she could find online about eye diseases. “All day long I was worried about...

What Was Eating Away at This Young Woman’s Sternum?

27-year-old Amber was worried her chest pain was a sign of cancer. What the MRI revealed threw her—and her...


Why This 42-Year-Old Suddenly Began Experiencing Severe Breathlessness

The doctor thought Scottish software engineer Martin Taylor had a minor chest infection that would pass, but Taylor only felt...

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She Was Sure a Tick Bite Was Causing Her Heart Palpitations—But Doctors Weren’t Convinced

Vera thought she felt a tick bite her shoulder, but the rash didn't look like the bullseye associated with Lyme...


This Woman Thought She Had a Throat Infection—But It Was Something Far More Serious

At first doctors thought Sushma's weak voice was caused by allergies or an infection. But the true diagnosis was something...


Doctors Didn’t Know Why This 6-Year-Old Was Plagued By Seizures—Until They Looked to His Genes

This Australian boy's older sister was born with a rare disorder—and later died. When it was discovered that he had...


This 10-Year-Old Got Impaled By A Skewer. Could Doctors Remove It In Time?

Xavier Cunningham fell onto a rotisserie skewer and impaled his face. Doctors couldn’t believe he was still alive.

This Farmer Was Crushed By a Cow—And It Saved His Life

A second CT scan revealed something much more serious than a compressed abdomen...


This Teen’s Vision Loss Was a Mystery—Until a Doctor Asked Him What He Ate

For years, Jerome was losing his ability to see and hear, and became easily exhausted. Could his bad eating habits...


This Halifax Man Thought His Recurring Fevers Were Caused By the Flu—Then He Started Hallucinating

He thought his recurring fevers and pneumonia were a symptom of a weak immune system. Then he started seeing water...


Doctors Thought This Naval Officer’s Swollen Toe Was Gout—Then His Achilles Tendon Tore While ...

Were these mystifying injuries related to gout, or something else entirely?


This Child’s Uncontrollable Spasms Turned Out to Be a Rare Genetic Mutation

Young Kelly's debilitating symptoms were a medical mystery, until a doctor discovered a genetic mutation so rare as to be...

This Doctor Was Sure Her Patient Had Heart Failure—But His Tests Kept Coming Back Clean

The patient's shortness of breath could have been caused by heart failure, pneumonia or a blood clot in the lungs....


The Strange Reason Why This Parkinson’s Patient’s Leg Pain Wouldn’t Go Away

While trying to diagnose a Parkinson's patient's painful leg tingling, a change to his medications brought on an impulse control...


Why This 15-Year-Old’s Treatment for Germ Cell Tumour Suddenly Stopped Working

What first appeared to be a germ cell tumour—one of the most common cancers found in teens—turned out to be...


This Woman Suffered From Benign Headaches for Years—Then a CT Scan Revealed Something Deadly

When a California-based woman was admitted to hospital with extreme headaches and nausea, her doctors suspected she had the flu—until...


This Veterinarian Couldn’t Breathe Properly—and Doctors Didn’t Know Why

Months after he was kicked in the head by a horse, Robert's injuries began to heal and he was able...