20 Weird Health Conditions Science Can’t Explain

The last thing you want when you go to the doctor’s office is for your physician to say, “I’m sorry, but we just don’t know what’s wrong with you.” Unfortunately, this happens more than health professionals like to admit. Together, the mind and the body work in strange ways, and although researchers are making breakthroughs every day, there are still some conditions that remain mysteries of modern medicine. Check out a few in the list below, and fuel your wildest hypochondriac fantasies.

1. Dancing Mania

This phenomenon occurred infrequently in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. Basically, what would happen is that groups of people would spontaneously assemble and begin frantically dancing until they either collapsed, or the collective mood passed. Researchers speculate that the cause could have been as innocuous as an unspoken way of working through panic and stress or as complicated as a mass psychogenic illness.

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2. Exploding Head Syndrome

Fortunately, this one sounds worse than it actually is. What happens is patients who suffer from exploding head syndrome will hear loud noises or feel the sensations of an explosion right when they fall asleep or wake up. However, the noises and sensations that they perceive aren’t actually happening.

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3. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Syndrome

This condition probably takes the cake for the syndrome with the strangest name of all time. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Syndrome refers to a disorder wherein a person has a dangerously exaggerated startle reflex. If a person with this disorder is startled, they will react with either large movements, screaming, or flailing. It can even force a person to execute a command without thinking if it is given suddenly.

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