Mystery illness story expands to next county

Girls’ illness still a puzzle
Two Corinth girls are afflicted with symptoms similar to those in Genesee County

Randy Nicholson said it began last May during the first inning of a high school softball game.

His daughter was pitching to a team she pitched a no-hitter against earlier in the season when she suddenly collapsed. When she came to, her body began twitching and convulsing.

Doctors concluded nothing was seriously wrong with her, and said she may have been dehydrated.

The next night, 16-year-old Alycia Nicholson came home early from her church’s youth group, fatigued. When she got up from the couch to go into the next room, she collapsed again, convulsing and not breathing.

Alycia is one of two girls in Corinth who suffer from a similar set of undiagnosed neurological symptoms that may be related to those suffered by a cluster of students exhibiting tics, twitches, verbal outbursts and other symptoms sometimes associated with Tourette’s syndrome in Le Roy, Genesee County, near Rochester.

Source: Times Union

A few new things with this story that connects with the others we have reported. The father makes a connection to Le Roy where her team stopped but it’s not clear what they did there. Second, citizens are taking to YouTube to press their plight. There could be A LOT of things going on here.

From what has been studied, certain things have been reasonably ruled out. You can never find EVERY factor and you can not assume that all these cases have a common cause. Instead, you can say that people are relating them in time and space, finding connections where there actually may be none that matter. Oh, yeah, as we mentioned, Erin Brockovich is on the case. That brings in publicity that feeds more attention to the case.

This will not end well. In fact, I would bet it never really ends because these sorts of cases are not something that gets tied up all tidy by finding a smoking gun. It’s way more complicated than that.

  3 comments for “Mystery illness story expands to next county

  1. idoubtit
    January 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I wanted to comment on the “weird feeling” bit in the news story.
    Quote: If she tries to stop her twitches, she says, a “weird feeling” in her spine builds up and makes the twitching come out stronger.
    Everyone gets this kind of twitch. I get it often right when I’m trying to fall asleep, and it is especially pronounced when I have had caffeine or an antihistamine. It’s not a disorder. It’s quite normal, yet annoying.

  2. Massachusetts
    January 31, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Hopefully physicians, epidemiologists and other health care experts can figure this out, what ever is going on, before Ms Brockovich embarks on a rein of terror.

  3. Kate carnes
    February 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I am experiencing the same thing. I hate it. It hurts sometimes, it makes life difficult. It came on suddenly. I have had stress before in my life before but this is different. Something is not right. I feel that same urge. no stress at all. Any excitement triggers it as well as pain. I don’t like it. I have even had stressful things happen lately but I didn’t Feel to upset. I had things to look toward to. This jus happened. Started with my legs, then my balance my head shaking an d wobbly I do Feel an urge to shake. Being very calm helps. No release of stress chemicals in my brain and v I don’t shake. But no coordination.

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