Bizarre medical maladies-- fascinating or not?

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Wednesday on TLC is a special called "The Man with the 200 pound tumor." I shall be glued to the screen watching this. I love medical malady shows. Our bodies can really turn on us in some pretty awful ways.

So, do you find these shows interesting? Horrifying? Both?


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Both! I'm fascinated by medical stuff.
Both. I'm a science geek so stuff like that facinates me.

But some of of it is horrifying. I havent seen the episode you are talking about, but dude!! how you not know about the tumor?? its sad when people are so hesitate about going to the doctors or cant afford to so they let things so until they are an episode on a medical show.
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I don't think anyone loves hearing/reading about that kinda stuff more than I.

But I'm somewhat conflicted over whether I should find entertainment in the suffering of others.

It's not like I am a physician who is studying how to treat these peope; it's basically just a morbid curiosity to me. And I'm not sure that's OK.
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Both. I'm a science geek so stuff like that facinates me.

But some of of it is horrifying. I havent seen the episode you are talking about, but dude!! how you not know about the tumor?? its sad when people are so hesitate about going to the doctors or cant afford to so they let things so until they are an episode on a medical show.
Originally Posted by thelio
He has neurofibromatosis and doctors wouldn't touch it and now it's bigger.


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I think the human body and its functions and maladies are one the most interesting and amazing things in nature. Its complexity is staggering.
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I don't think anyone loves hearing/reading about that kinda stuff more than I.

But I'm somewhat conflicted over whether I should find entertainment in the suffering of others.

It's not like I am a physician who is studying how to treat these peope; it's basically just a morbid curiosity to me. And I'm not sure that's OK.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I think there's a difference between pure "entertainment" and satisfying curiosity and learning about the world. If we didn't try to learn about stuff by observing things, we'd just make up our own baseless stories to explain the natural world...and that's getting into a whole nother topic.

Just because you're not studying the oddities as a physician doesn't mean you're not learning all kinds of things about the human body and the world when watching these kinds of shows.

Has anyone else been to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? It's amazing.
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I LOVE these shows! I have enough medical issues myself, but ironically, I love weird medical shows. It's so interesting to me, I'm amazed what the human body can produce. I'm starting out in the medical coding field and was in heaven in my clinical pathophisology and medical terminology classes.


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I find them horrifying! It looks like I am the only one. I see how it could be interesting in the name of science but these shows sometimes make me angry (and frightened!) that the doctors overlooked things early in the diagnosis.

The tumor episode would not interest me but I am sometimes interested in rare disorders that are finally diagnosed. I feel sorry for people who have something so rare that only like ten people in the world have been diagnosed so there's no funding for research.

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The Mutter Museum is one of my favorite places. I have a book about it, as well.
Originally Posted by claudine19
Is it in Philadelphia? I always wanted to go there while staying with my mom but I know she would be too weirded out by it.
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I don't think anyone loves hearing/reading about that kinda stuff more than I.

But I'm somewhat conflicted over whether I should find entertainment in the suffering of others.

It's not like I am a physician who is studying how to treat these peope; it's basically just a morbid curiosity to me. And I'm not sure that's OK.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I think there's a difference between pure "entertainment" and satisfying curiosity and learning about the world. If we didn't try to learn about stuff by observing things, we'd just make up our own baseless stories to explain the natural world...and that's getting into a whole nother topic.

Just because you're not studying the oddities as a physician doesn't mean you're not learning all kinds of things about the human body and the world when watching these kinds of shows.

Has anyone else been to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? It's amazing.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Whew, OK, I feel better now! LOL
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Both. I'm a science geek so stuff like that facinates me.

But some of of it is horrifying. I havent seen the episode you are talking about, but dude!! how you not know about the tumor?? its sad when people are so hesitate about going to the doctors or cant afford to so they let things so until they are an episode on a medical show.
Originally Posted by thelio
He has neurofibromatosis and doctors wouldn't touch it and now it's bigger.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Yikes! Yeah you tend to need a team of specialist to deal with that.

Was he able to get in removed at the end or atleast see a doctor who knew what they were doing?

I use to watch these shows, now I seldom have time to breath.
The Mutter Museum is one of my favorite places. I have a book about it, as well.
Originally Posted by claudine19
Is it in Philadelphia? I always wanted to go there while staying with my mom but I know she would be too weirded out by it.
Originally Posted by curlysue21
Yes, it is: one of the many reasons I love that city.

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Last edited by claudine19; 06-05-2012 at 09:11 AM.
I don't think anyone loves hearing/reading about that kinda stuff more than I.

But I'm somewhat conflicted over whether I should find entertainment in the suffering of others.

It's not like I am a physician who is studying how to treat these peope; it's basically just a morbid curiosity to me. And I'm not sure that's OK.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I think there's a difference between pure "entertainment" and satisfying curiosity and learning about the world. If we didn't try to learn about stuff by observing things, we'd just make up our own baseless stories to explain the natural world...and that's getting into a whole nother topic.

Just because you're not studying the oddities as a physician doesn't mean you're not learning all kinds of things about the human body and the world when watching these kinds of shows.

Has anyone else been to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? It's amazing.
Originally Posted by Who Me?
Whew, OK, I feel better now! LOL
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
LOL. It's like, YAY! I'm not a jerk! For me it's also about learning. I went to court reporting school because it was the fastest track to get me off welfare, but I really wanted to be a nurse. About 6 years ago I took all the prerequisites for nursing school and applied and got accepted. But that was the year the economy went south and I couldn't get student loans... they were just flat out refusing. And my credit was okay! So I watch all these medical shows and read all these medical books just for the heck of it.


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Both. I'm a science geek so stuff like that facinates me.

But some of of it is horrifying. I havent seen the episode you are talking about, but dude!! how you not know about the tumor?? its sad when people are so hesitate about going to the doctors or cant afford to so they let things so until they are an episode on a medical show.
Originally Posted by thelio
He has neurofibromatosis and doctors wouldn't touch it and now it's bigger.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
Yikes! Yeah you tend to need a team of specialist to deal with that.

Was he able to get in removed at the end or atleast see a doctor who knew what they were doing?

I use to watch these shows, now I seldom have time to breath.
Originally Posted by thelio
Not sure! It's not on until Wednesday. But here's the link where I read about it:

EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek At TLC's 'The Man With The 200lb Tumor' (VIDEO)


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He has neurofibromatosis and doctors wouldn't touch it and now it's bigger.
Originally Posted by Springcurl
NF is a difficult disease. There are 2 distinct families of NF, type 1 and type 2. I'm more fluent in type 2 because I have that particular disease. NF2 causes lesions on the CNS and PNS - many tumors can be excised easily if caught early, but as they grow and embed themselves around nerves and into other organs, removal can cause more neurological damage than leaving the tumor where it is. Until the last decade or so, there wasnt much in the way of medical intervention for NF. These lesions are slow growing, so theyre often not caught until they are rather substantial in size. I'm not sure if the man had type 1 or 2, but I'm assuming since the tumor was so incredibly large, that it had been growing for many, many years. When the doctors first saw the tumor, it may have been so intertwined on nerves and other organs, they possibly couldnt remove it.
Now that doctors and neurologists are more aware of NF (Nf is very rare and most doctors wont go near it), there are more areas of study and specialists who know how to manage the disease. A specialty team of doctors, routine full body MRIs, audiograms, etc. is an absolute must when treating this disease to ensure that cases like this are avoided.
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I'm fascinated. It's purely entertainment for me and I don't think of it as a learning experience at all. Not that I don't learn things, but that's not why I watch.

Years ago there was a tv channel that showed surgical procedures. It was always late at night and I'm a night owl so I got to see all kinds of cool surgeries. One of my favorites was a cesarean. I'm not even interested in babies but I thought it was so interesting. The mom was awake and aware and they just cut her open and popped that baby right out!
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Both. I thought i'd seen this man, but maybe it was a different one.

I watched the man with no face, and the man with tree hands, and the little mermaid girl (the kids ones make me cry)

I've also watched many surgeries (I too am usually up late watching tv), eye surgeries, liposuction, breast reduction, siamese twin separation - I only draw the line at brain stuff. Brain stuff freaks me out.

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