12 year old Lauren Johnson cannot stop sneezing. We aren’t talking the sniffles here and there, this is some serious sneezing! Poor Lauren has up to 16 sneezes each minute she’s awake. It only stops when she’s in a deep sleep.
Can you just imagine how exhausting that would be? Lauren’s sneezing began around the start of November as she was recovering from a common cold. Lauren has been to specialists and tried prescription drugs but nothing will stop the sneezing.
Lauren has visited six doctors and taken eleven different medications and nothing has helped. Lauren’s mother Lynn Johnson thinks it may be an extremely rare medical condition that could be treated with psychotherapy or hypnosis. But for now, Lauren’s only relief seems to be sleep.
In fact this condition is so rare the doctors cannot even come up with a diagnosis. Lynn took Lauren to several doctors and they have yet to find a clear answer.
Lauren says: “I don’t feel a tickle in my nose; (it’s) just kind of constant,” Lauren said. “(I) don’t really notice it that often anymore. It just kind of comes out.” In fact the sneezing was so constant and disruptive that Lauren had to be taken out of school and now does homework at home.
Let’s hope they can come up with a cure for this little girl or hopefully it will go away on its own so Lauren can get her life back to normal.