By Brittany Banks
Los 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”
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
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”
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.