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The Unfathomable Comes to Life on Diagnose Me

By Brittany Banks

discovery lifeLos Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/16/2015 – Had nobody been able to crack the case, “Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I could not see putting my family through all that crazy stuff and have them take care of me for the rest of their lives,” Diagnose Me’s cast member Karrie concedes.

Each episode of Diagnose Me, premiering tomorrow night, follows two true stories of individuals whose lives are being destroyed and/or threatened by mysterious symptoms that leave medical experts baffled. Told through actor dramatizations and first-person accounts by the real patients and doctors, this series celebrates medicine’s true heroes who are willing to bend the rules and invent new protocols in solving the strangest cases they’ve ever encountered.

“The Woman Who Heard Too Much”

Reenactment of Karrie visiting ear doctor
Reenactment of Karrie visiting ear doctor

In the first episode, active stay-at-home mom Karrie experiences crippling vertigo. She awakens from a nap to find the room spinning and she is incapable of standing up. Common noises like talking, chewing and cars begin to sound deafeningly loud, and the ear-piercing beating of her own heart relentlessly torments her. Karrie is repeatedly misdiagnosed while her husband John valiantly attempts to lift her spirits.

The inexplicable illness occurred in October 2010 and persisted until June 2011. “None of my symptoms have come back (thank God) and I’m able to do pretty much whatever I want,” Karrie rejoices. “I appreciate life so much more; I don’t take things for granted.”

Karrie has appeared in the news to share her story, which she says has helped many. She

The real Karrie
The real Karrie

had no trepidations about participating in Diagnose Me. “It affected my life and my family’s lives and it took awhile to get to the right doctors to figure out what I had. I didn’t want other people to have to struggle to find help.”

She continues to spread awareness about her former condition via a Facebook support group she helps run and a Facebook page her daughter created for her.

You’ll just have to watch Diagnose Me to get to the bottom of Karrie’s uncanny ailment!


“The Man Who Got Drunk Without Drinking”

The real Nick
The real Nick

Next we meet Nick, an energetic nightclub DJ, who endures paralyzing stomach pain and uncontrollable vomiting. His belligerent, outwardly inebriated behavior leads a doctor to suggest closet alcoholism to Nick’s wife, Karen. When Nick proves that he doesn’t touch alcohol, the skeptical Karen is bewildered. Once again, numerous misdiagnoses ensue.

Nick has a car accident (through no fault of his own), but when the police arrive and the Breathalyzer test claims that his blood-alcohol level is three times the legal limit, he is arrested and charged with a DUI. “I will have a criminal record for the rest of my life,” he reveals on the show.

The conclusion of Nick’s story will blow your mind.

Though the episode’s reenactments admittedly do not epitomize top-notch acting, Diagnose Me is worth watching. These stories of triumph illustrate the importance of keeping the faith even when a situation seems hopeless. Diagnose Me also serves as a reminder to not take our good health – and normalcy – for granted.

Diagnose Me premieres the first of eight riveting episodes on Friday, April 17 at 10 p.m. on Discovery Life Channel.

3 comments on “The Unfathomable Comes to Life on Diagnose Me

  1. Elizabeth Devecchi

    Thank you for making people more aware of SSCDS! About 2 years ago I knew I had an “inner ear thing” and that maybe my dizziness was due to low blood pressure…etc. This all changed dramatically when one of my daughters brought home a cute little “Weird but True” book by National Geographic. She had picked it up at the elementary school book fair and wanted to show me how cool it was. As I was flipping through it, reading about how a shark can live six weeks without food and hoe guinea pigs are able to walk right at birth, I came to a page that would flip my world: page 87 in the third “National Geographic Weird but True! 3” . On that page is written, “Some people can hear their eyeballs moving”. My first thought was, “wait…can’t everyone hear their eyes move?!” I then began researching on the Internet and discovered that things I thought were simply normal things I had to deal with were symptoms of SSCDS…. I made an appointment and was diagnosed. I have not yet decided on surgery. Since I have had this all my life, it has had a hand in forming my personality. Though I long to get rid of the debilitating symptoms, I do not know life without my inner sounds and fear I might miss them…. This documentary helps my family to understand something they simply cannot see and fully comprehend.


  2. Edie Cimaglia

    SCDS is a life altering problem that leaves you feeling like your going crazy. The battle between the internal and external noise 24/7, it never stops. You can’t think, can’t sleep, can’t hold a conversation with out causing a massive headache. It is a daily struggle to keep your sanity. A condition that is very hard for someone who doesn’t have it, to understand just how devastating it is. It throws your whole vestibular system off. And most doctors have never heard of this. I was basically told I was crazy by several doctors when I told them I could hear my eyes move, and I could hear the needle cutting through my flesh and the medicine being injected when I was getting my neck treatments. My voice is so loud in my head, it hurts to talk, I hear my heart beat thumping 24/7, every footstep sounds like a drum beat banging in my head. Eating is difficult, crunchy foods defening. But there is so much more. Every fluid, every creak of my muscles and crunching of the bones in my neck when I move my head. The way my eyes/vision bounces when I’m around certain sounds. I can’t walk a straight line and tend to tip over often from the balance issues associated with my SCDS. So while we’re crippled on the inside from all the stress this places on our bodies and brains, on the outside we look fine. This makes it difficult for people to understand. I might look young and healthy on the outside, but on the inside I’m dying. Thanks to Karrie’s story people finally started to listen.


  3. They really did a great job acting out my story. It bought back so many memories and I got a little emotional with some of the scenes. Thank you for sharing my story on Hollywood Times.


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