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I Cannot Sneeze

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A 57 year old man cannot complete a sneeze for no apparent medical reason.


Submitted:Jun 10, 2008    Reads: 7,280    Comments: 4    Likes: 0   


I have a weird, unusual, condition . I continually get stuck sneezes. I get the urge to sneeze. I go AHHH but the Choo will not come. This has been happening almost everyday for about the last eight months.I do occasionally complete a sneeze. It seems I finally sneeze just about the time I am totally out of my mind from not being able to do so. I have researched this problem for hundreds of hours. No good answers. I have found a very rarecondition named"asneezia" that kind ofdescribes my problem. I am sure this condition is psychological. I have not sneezed in the last 5 weeks. I have onlysneezed a total of about 15 times in the last eight months.I get the urge to but then I cannot releasethe sneeze. It is like an orgasm that will not climax. I have asked everyone I know including variousDoctors and they have no answer.Everyone tells meit is totally irrelevent whether a person ever sneezes or does not sneezeas long as they do not try to stifle it. That can possibly cause infection in the ears and sinuses. That information does not console me. This problem has me totally obsessed, uncomfortable, nervous and depressedall the time.I keep waiting for the next urge to sneeze to come.It usually does at least once a day but thenI cannot fulfill the act.I get more and more depressed each time I fail to sneeze. The only research I have found about this problem being medical is with people who have had strokes. Sometimes their brainstem and medulla will not allow the sneeze reflex to work properly. But then there are usually other reflex problems like inability to swallow andyawn that accompany stroke victims.I have none of those symptoms. This all startedone day when a friend who was talking to me saw me go AHHH. She said "now go Choo".I concentrated on what she said, got distracted,and lost the sneeze urge. I immediately gotself conscious about sneezing and started fociusing on it and obsessing about it.Ever since then my sneezing has been abnormal.I can actually feel myself stopping the reflex andaborting sneezes. The times I have sneezed in the last eight months are usually when I do not expect to.I never had sneezing problems before. Infact, I never even thought about sneezing. I do not ever remember not being able to sneeze when I wantedto. Now, sneezing is all I can think about. Anybody have answers? I am a 57 year old male in very good physical condition. My very neurotic mind is another story.I have suffered from manyO.C.D related isuues, anxiety andhypochondria. The main concern I have is to find someone out there whoknows of this inability to complete a sneeze problem. Also, I would like to know if itis psychological and will not hurt me physically.Lately, I am thinking that the ability to sneeze normally will never return. for about the last eight months.I do occasionally complete a sneeze. It seems I finally sneeze just about the time I am totally out of my mind from not being able to do so. I have researched this problem for hundreds of hours. No good answers. I have found a very rarecondition named"asneezia" that kind ofdescribes my problem. I am sure this condition is psychological. I have not sneezed in the last 5 weeks. I have onlysneezed a total of about 15 times in the last eight months.I get the urge to but then I cannot releasethe sneeze. It is like an orgasm that will not climax. I have asked everyone I know including variousDoctors and they have no answer.Everyone tells meit is totally irrelevent whether a person ever sneezes or does not sneezeas long as they do not try to stifle it. That can possibly cause infection in the ears and sinuses. That information does not console me. This problem has me totally obsessed, uncomfortable, nervous and depressedall the time.I keep waiting for the next urge to sneeze to come.It usually does at least once a day but thenI cannot fulfill the act.I get more and more depressed each time I fail to sneeze. The only research I have found about this problem being medical is with people who have had strokes. Sometimes their brainstem and medulla will not allow the sneeze reflex to work properly. But then there are usually other reflex problems like inability to swallow andyawn that accompany stroke victims.I have none of those symptoms. This all startedone day when a friend who was talking to me saw me go AHHH. She said "now go Choo".I concentrated on what she said, got distracted,and lost the sneeze urge. I immediately gotself conscious about sneezing and started fociusing on it and obsessing about it.Ever since then my sneezing has been abnormal.I can actually feel myself stopping the reflex andaborting sneezes. The times I have sneezed in the last eight months are usually when I do not expect to.I never had sneezing problems before. Infact, I never even thought about sneezing. I do not ever remember not being able to sneeze when I wantedto. Now, sneezing is all I can think about. Anybody have answers? I am a 57 year old male in very good physical condition. My very neurotic mind is another story.I have suffered from manyO.C.D related isuues, anxiety andhypochondria. The main concern I have is to find someone out there whoknows of this inability to complete a sneeze problem. Also, I would like to know if itis psychological and will not hurt me physically.Lately, I am thinking that the ability to sneeze normally will never return.





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