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    without being morbid or anything, I'm quite intrigued as to what (if any) annoying physical problems Dissensians have to live with and how they deal with them.

    Personally I have a totally ruined right ear (it looks ok from the outside tho), as a result of lots of infections and an operation to replace my eardrum. Hearing is subsequently quite poor and I have a strange metallic taste on the right-side of my mouth which gets worse if I touch my ear. On the plus side, noise gigs are strangely calming.

    So, what ails you? The more disgusting the better...

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    The more disgusting the better
    happy to oblige!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn%27s

    which is fucking annoying, frankly, though since being diagnosed I haven't had any 'accidents', and a chronic disease that is made better by drinking Yakult can't be all bad.

    the most fun thing about it is that one gets so used to regularly discussing one's bowels as a matter of course that one frequently does so eg on buses, and people sometimes look askance. that and having an intimate knowledge of nearly all the public toilets in london rare in a heterosexual

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    tee hee to the hetero-toilets knowledge...

    I suppose what I'm interested in (not like THAT interested, it's not a weird thing, honest, honest) is the unintended existential side-effects of illnesses like my enjoyment of noise gigs, owen's knowledge of toilet-location, etc.

    Just after I got my ear-drum all renewed, and the metallic taste turned up I thought 'this is cool, this must be what robots would taste if they had artificial tongues'. But now it's just annoying and reduces the taste of food.

    Another benefit, though, (especially when I used to live above a late-night Turkish dancehall) is the ability to lie on one side with the good ear down...thus ensuring a relatively quiet night's sleep (the vibrations you can't do much about tho).

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    Not really an ailment, but I get double vision in my right eye and the eyelid's wonky as a result of being kicked in once. If I look upwards to the right, everything splits into two, and then into 4 - a bit like that old 70s hexagonal 'Top of the Pops' special effect. Side effect? I'm probably lethal on a motorbike

    And I was born with a 3rd nipple, though that doesn't really grieve me

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    I have shit co-ordination.

    It's because one of my eyes is weaker than the other, so I don't have proper binocular vision. Apparenly this means everything is "flatter" for me. You are welcome to simulate this by closing one eye and then trying to catch something.

    It meant I was always one of the last people to be picked for football teams (mind you, everyone says that now, don't they?).

    I also used hay fever as an excuse to spend most summers of my youth indoors, tho I don't get that nearly as bad these days.

    These two factors combined to make me the towering inferno of trainspotterish resentment you see before you today, your honour.

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    i've got an ayrhythmic heart beat
    it adds extra beats to catch up.

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    Oh. I feel quite humbled now by all these people with real ailments

    Quote Originally Posted by john eden
    hay fever
    Then again...

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    It would take far too much bandwith to give you a description of all my medical problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon Slicer
    It would take far too much bandwith to give you a description of all my medical problems.
    well if the screen name is a reference to your kind of diet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by confucius
    well if the screen name is a reference to your kind of diet...

    My screen name, perversely has nothing to do with food.

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    What currently ails me is a broken knee cap sustained at work where i slipped on some juice on a lino floor whilst carrying a box of books - 24 hrs on and i am still in a rage - i have a vile blue leg brace and two crutches and i've been told i won't be able to ride a bike for 12 weeks - the whole fucking summer!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks
    What currently ails me is a broken knee cap sustained at work where i slipped on some juice on a lino floor whilst carrying a box of books - 24 hrs on and i am still in a rage - i have a vile blue leg brace and two crutches and i've been told i won't be able to ride a bike for 12 weeks - the whole fucking summer!!!!
    how is the worker's compensation thing work in England? if that happened in the US from what I understand you could be set for a while, financially that is, if you played your cards right

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks
    What currently ails me is a broken knee cap
    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks
    Not so much me as one of my sons

    Last night we discovered that he is allergic to nuts

    We discovered this the hard way - anaphalactic reaction involving massively swollen lips, constriction of the throat, rash etc.

    Took him to the local hospital, excellent service, piriton injection, steroids etc.

    Just wondered if anyone on here had much experience of this.
    roughly the same thing happened to me last year, in my case a drug allergy, very nasty. first my arms and back, then my face and eventually my entire body. after the swelling had reached its peak i began to itch all over, it was a nightmare.

    you do become more sensitive to things for a while. the allergies i had as a boy, which i had undergone treatment for came back in full in the aftermath. and i was left with marks where the rash manifested first, my back is a map. but you slowly desensitise, things return to normal.

    i hope things turn out well for your son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruno View Post
    roughly the same thing happened to me last year, in my case a drug allergy, very nasty. first my arms and back, then my face and eventually my entire body. after the swelling had reached its peak i began to itch all over, it was a nightmare.

    you do become more sensitive to things for a while. the allergies i had as a boy, which i had undergone treatment for came back in full in the aftermath. and i was left with marks where the rash manifested first, my back is a map. but you slowly desensitise, things return to normal.

    i hope things turn out well for your son.
    i get a very similar thing with vodka, the skin on my face swells up and goes purple. rash on neck on chest,my throat and hands etc, it's only cheap vodka tho so it must be something in it, i never bother even trying to drink the stuff anymore though.
    takes hours of sitting down drinking water then trying to sleep it off for it to go.

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