Doctors told a man they had found a tumour the size of a fist in his head after just starting his dream job. Michael Duggan, a 3D printing expert, had landed a role in the prop department of Pinewoods Studios – when the James Bond and recent Star Wars films were shot. The 46-year-old from Whittlesey, had no idea that the dangerous growth was lurking in his brain. 'It was all very sudden' In December 2014, Michael was staying at the Pinewoods Hotel, when he suddenly felt a awful pain in his head. "I had the worst headache of my life," he explained. "That was the first time I knew anything had happened at all." Michael drove home to Cambridgeshire where his wife insisted he see his GP "I had a drooping eye that she said just didn’t look right," he said. "It was all very sudden. After examining me the GP said I had to pack my bag and go straight to hospital. "A tumour the size of a fist was found in the left frontal lobe of my brain." 'I knew I had no choice' The dad-of-one … [Read more...] about A tumour the size of a fist left me with huge hole in my head
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A Hull mum who turned into a hypochondriac with a constant fear of death after a perforated bowel nearly killed her has finally been cured – with just two hours of hypnotherapy. Nicola Quinn, 43, got rushed into hospital in 2004 after a cyst on her appendix pierced her bowel. Doctors managed to save her but as she began her physical recovery, her mental health began to suffer and she soon became wracked with anxiety and depression. She said: “I wanted to just go to work and come home – I didn’t go on holiday or do anything. It just took over my life. “It just built up and built up and everyone thought I was a hypochondriac. I was living in fear that I was going to die. “I went to the doctor and she said I had anxiety because of what had happened and it was affecting me like PTSD. “I didn’t tell anybody for a year and a half because they thought I was being a hypochondriac and I ended up having a mental breakdown.” Mrs Quinn, who … [Read more...] about ‘Fear of death took over my life until I found my miracle cure’
“I remember stepping into the office building and it felt like my chest had been ripped open,” recalls Helen, who was signed off from work for three months due to chronic stress after collapsing in the street on her way to work. Although this was the breaking point, the 29-year-old had been suffering in silence for months. The Londoner had been dealing with physical symptoms of stress: including constant colds and flu, sleepless nights, weight gain and eventually losing her voice due to relentless tension. “There was a period of five months where I had three meals a day at my desk.” Although colleagues witnessed her having panic attacks she believes no one, including herself, realised the extent of what was happening. It was her husband who forced her to go to the doctor, where her GP tried to sign her off from work. But even after being given medical advice to the contrary, Helen left the surgery and went straight back to the office. New … [Read more...] about ‘I Stepped Into The Office And Felt Like My Chest Was Being Ripped Open’: Three In Four Britons Overwhelmed By Stress
Linda Collins (28) was on a morning commute on Camden Street on July 31, 2014 when a screw came loose on her mudguard, jamming her tyre, and sending her head first over the handlebars. Speaking to Independent.ie, Linda said she now wants to share the details of her fall and the road to recovery to help other people in her situation. "The fall was a bit of a blur, but I didn't have a scratch on me. The red light was on and I was slowing down when I fell off my bike," Linda said. "The traffic was stopped at the time. I remember being on the ground and everything on top of me, I just got up. People were getting out of cars and asking was I okay. "I felt like everyone was looking at me and I didn't understand, I felt fine. "Then I was talking to colleagues when I got into work. I thought, 'I have no idea of what you're saying to me, I know you're talking to me, but I have no idea what the words mean'. My brain wasn't processing it, and I knew there was something wrong with me," … [Read more...] about ‘I didn’t have a scratch on me
depression she had developed over about 15 years involved drilling two holes in the top of a patient’s skull and sliding two low-voltage electrodes deep into the brain until they reached a region known as Brodmann area 25. In a pair of pale pink curves of neural flesh called the subcallosal cingulate, each about the size and shape of a newborn’s crooked finger, area 25 occupies the fingertips. Once in place, the electrodes were wired to a battery pack implanted in the patient’s chest and turned on. Between 2003 and 2006, first at the University of Toronto and then Emory University, Mayberg tried this experimental surgery, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), on 20 people who had been torturously depressed for years despite trying every other possible treatment. Area 25, she believed, was a neural junction box that became hyperactive in depressed people. She designed the experiment to see if the thrum of these DBS devices would calm area 25 and relieve their despair. … [Read more...] about What can be learned when a clinical trial is stopped?