Katelyn Thornley told CBS that the relentless sneezing suddenly started up about a month ago, and she hasn't been able to control it. Despite having been treated six doctors who ruled out the possibility of a virus or an allergic reaction, the sneezing has been pretty much nonstop. Revealing that the sneezing even wakes her from her sleep, Katelyn estimates that she sneezes up to 20 times a minute, or 12,000 times a day.
"It just started in little spurts. I just started sneezing" she said. "I thought it was like, 'oh I'm just allergic to something.' I'm constantly in pain with my abdomen, my legs are hurting because I've been weak and I can barely eat."
As if the physical impact wasn't enough, the sneezing has also taken its toll on Katelyn's social life. As a result of her mysterious affliction, she is no longer able to attend school or play her clarinet. In fact, the only reprieve she gets from the sneezing is when she sleeps, takes Benadryl or listens to relaxing music.
Sheesh. Our hearts go out to Katelyn. Just from watching the clip, it's clear how much stress the sneezing puts on her body, as it interrupts even the simplest activities like swinging or attempting to sit still.
Here's to hoping that she'll find a treatment that can finally put the snooze on her sneezing.