Medical curiosities (about sex and not only)

Medical curiosities (about sex and not only)

Vulnerability is a constant of the human species. At times, everything hangs (metaphorically) by a thread. Risks are higher inside the perimeter that we call home, statistics say, but outdoors is not fully safe. Free offenders, drunk drivers, flower pots waiting to suddenly fall from the balcony... Not to mention the fragility of the body. But enough with the “cheerful” outlook on the world and life! Eventually, overcrowding must also solve its shortcomings, according to the adepts of natural selection.

Rather than complaining about the irony of fate, we had better appreciate it. Some of it is fascinating, if not downright pleasant.

For example, post-coital amnesia. To explain it, we must start with the beginning. Sex makes victims not only among abstainers (because the lack of it causes some serious complaints), but also among those who regularly practice it, with or without strings attached. The bruises, heart attack, faintness or bad luck of being caught in the midst of an affair are accompanied by possible post-coital amnesia (meaning the temporary loss of memory following an intense sexual act).

Physicians correlate this phenomenon with the fact that, during sex, blood pressure increases significantly, and then suddenly drops, which implicitly leads to poor oxygenation of the brain.

A few years ago, the Nippon Journal of Psychiatry and Neurology reported a woman's case that had her memory “wiped” for 6 hours after a (literally) “disturbing” episode of love. A situation to envy, not to pity. Because you have to imagine how strong was the “motivation” that caused such effects.

Also, vigorous bites, practiced in moments of exaggerated “tenderness”, prove to be dangerous. If partners take seriously their role of “wild” lovers, the next place to visit after the hot encounter could be the hospital, accompanied by deep regrets about the act committed. Why? Because aggression sometimes brings major problems to those who completely unleash themselves in their privacy. Bites around the neck area, for example, affect veins, nerves and can cause paralysis or acute pain.

The first specialist who reported the problem was a French neurologist. In the ‘80s, he treated a young man who allegedly complained about terrible pain in his shoulder and neck. Following medical investigations, it was found that his girlfriend (who perhaps had some pseudo-vampire tendencies) was the person responsible for the guy’s unfortunate state. The young lover’s’ fun act necessitated no more no less than 6 months of recovery. Hopefully, at least, it was worth it!

In other news, day-to-day banal actions have surprising effects on our functionality. We are not talking about video games, alcohol consumption or self-pleasuring in sight of our neighbors. Laying a sheet on the bed fits perfectly into the “misleading appearances” category. No matter how banal this activity would seem in itself (involving repeated movements of the wrists), it leads over time (according to experts) to the formation of blood clots in the main vein responsible for supplying blood to the arm. Here is a perfect excuse for not making the bed, leaving the dishes dirty and not taking out the garbage (okay, okay... the last two are just an exaggeration)!

In the same category of “medical peculiarities” also fall several incidents caused by the simple forced blowing of the nose. It sounds like a fantasist scenario, but... it can happen.

German doctors have revealed to the public the unfortunate experience of an old man who suffered a small rupture of the heart wall when he wanted to blow his nose (due to a sudden increase in blood pressure).

Also, a lady from the US faced a relatively similar situation, actually leading to the augmentation of the right eyelid, caused by her attempt to clean the right nostril by blowing it loudly, while “blocking” the left one by pressing it with a finger.

This confirms that such events do not take into account age, nationality or gender.

More recently, neck pains caused by the posture always bent over the screen of the mobile phone have become an official medical condition. American researchers call it “text neck”. The problem is so serious that it may require surgery. The most predisposed victims are people used to spend many hours in the “fatal” position, that is, a huge percentage of the population. The “humped” posture leads to prolonged tensions on the neck and, despite fueling the need for games or socialization, it is often “punishable” with a rather uncomfortable visit to the emergency room.

The list of curiosities does not end here, since it is full of many other “oddities” that have something in common: they are theoretically surprising, shocking or hilarious (at least some of them), but basically make common cold, appendicitis or a swollen tooth to seem like “child’s play”... easy to handle.