WithÂ theÂ latest update to the backward walking cheerleader story, I admit I made a snap judgementÂ the moment I heardÂ this story about a 12 year old girl who sneezes between 8 and 20 times a minute, or about 12,000 times a day (see video here). SeemsÂ the machine gun sneezingÂ started a few weeks ago after she had contracted a cold.Â
The cheerleader is/was most probably suffering psychogenic dystonia after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine in August. And well, my first thought about the sneezing girl was there was probably a strong psychogenic component to her condition as well.
Not only that, but with the recent shenanigans of the Balloon Boy dad, I’m way more wary of peopleÂ in bizarre news stories these days. The cynic in me says the sneezing might just be an act.
Of course, it’s possible the girl is truly suffering from something unusual. AndÂ if the sneezes are real,Â she is no doubt miserable, and I hope the best for her recovery.
But what do you think of this girl’s condition? IsÂ there aÂ psychogenic component? Can the nasal membranes be in a constant state of irritation that would cause nonstop sneezing?Â
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