When a 60-year-old woman in Israel was attending a wedding, she confused avocado with wasabi, and ended up eating a large quantity of the Japanese horseradish. Only a few minutes later, she suddenly felt pressure in her chest, which was radiating into her arms.
The following day, the woman was diagnosed with broken-heart syndrome, a condition that usually occurs after massive emotional or physical stress and manifests itself through the enlargement and weakening of the left ventricle, which greatly increases one’s risk of heart events and stroke.
The condition is usually temporary, and the woman recovered in a month, although she did have to take heart medications during this time.
7. A Blinding Diet
If anyone is still looking for proof that junk food is bad for you, here is a prime example. By the age of 17, a British teen was diagnosed legally blind, all because of his poor eating habits. A picky eater, the teen ate nothing but fries, chips, white bread, sliced ham, sausages and other kinds of junk food for years, and by the age of 14, he developed a vitamin B12 deficiency, which developed into hearing and eyesight problems by the age of 15.
The symptoms developed because the lack of the vitamin can result in nerve damage, with the ocular nerve being affected quite often. The condition is permanent, but the teen managed to stop any further ocular degeneration after he started taking nutritional supplements.
8. A Walking Trip That Resulted in Eye Parasites
When retired anthropologist and public health researcher Dianne Travers-Gustafson took a morning jog in California, she had no idea a swarm of flies she had encountered on her way would infect her with an eye parasite. The woman was the second known person to be infected by cattle eye worm, as the parasites usually favor large cattle as their hosts.
Travers-Gustafson reported that her eyes were constantly watering, and upon closer inspection, using a magnifying mirror, the woman found three translucent worms moving around in her eyes. The worms were later removed by specialists with no permanent damage done to the woman’s eyesight.
9. A Collapsed Iris
This is the reason why you should never let your kids play with rubber bands. This shocking sight is a collapsed iris, which happened as a result of an injury when a Taiwanese man was struck in his eye by a bungee cord. The resulting condition is called traumatic iridodialysis, and it happens when trauma causes the iris to be removed from a structure than it is attached to called the ciliary body. Eye surgery was required to reposition the iris back to its original position, and it has been reported that his pupil was restored and he experienced improvements in eyesight.
10. Urine That Turned Purple
Urine color is not the hottest topic of party conversations unless you’re attending a urology convention, that is. The only exception we can think of is when urine suddenly turns a bright purple, which it did for a French woman after 10 days of hospitalization. The condition only occurs for patients using catheter bags, and it’s known as the purple urine bag syndrome. The unusual color is created as a result of a chemical reaction between certain drugs and dietary ingredients in catheter bags.
Surely, purple urine must look quite alarming, but it is usually benign, although it can be a sign of a urinary tract infection. The French woman from the case report did not have a UTI, and after drinking more water for a few days, the urine color returned to normal.