Ah-ah-achooo! Mys­tery of girl who sneezes 12,000 times a day

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For more than three weeks, a 12-year-old Texas girl has been sneez­ing con­stantly— at a rate of 20 times per minute.

Kate­lyn Thorn­ley, of An­gle­ton, Texas, is sneez­ing up to 12,000 times a day, Fox26 re­ported.

“I’m con­stantly in pain with my ab­domen, my legs are weak, I can barely eat,” Thorn­ley told the news sta­tion.

At first, she thought she was al­ler­gic to some­thing, but the sneez­ing hasn’t stopped.

Ac­cord­ing to Fox26, no med­i­ca­tion has worked, but the only time the sev­enth-grader doesn’t sneeze is when she sleeps af­ter tak­ing Be­nadryl. Lis­ten­ing to The Bea­tles helps her re­lax.

The fam­ily has vis­ited six physi­cians and they’ve ruled out viruses and al­ler­gies, but say it could be a stress-re­lated re­ac­tion.

“Any­thing you talk to her about that ir­ri­tates her— you can see it spike and con­tin­u­ous sneez­ing,” Thorn­ley’s fa­ther told Fox26. “It’s easy to trig­ger.”

At the re­quest of Fox26, Dr. Mered Parnes, a neu­rol­o­gist from Texas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal eval­u­ated Thorn­ley last Fri­day.

“One of the things could be and that it looks quite a bit like, are tics,” he told Fox26. Tics are brief, repet­i­tive move­ments and vo­cal­iza­tions and those parts of her pre­sen­ta­tion fit, he said.

At her ap­point­ment, Thorn­ley de­scribed tick­ling feel­ings in her nose be­fore sneez­ing but that are re­lieved with sneez­ing, which is typ­i­cal with tics.

Tics com­monly start in the head and neck, with ac­tions like blink­ing, sniff­ing and fa­cial gri­mac­ing, Parnes said, adding that her case isn’t out of the or­di­nary.

Med­i­ca­tions can help, Parnes told the news chan­nel, but tics only need to be treated when they’re both­er­some.

Thorn­ley hopes soon.

“Some­times I wish I could leave my body for a lit­tle while so i could watch my­self sleep and be at peace be­cause even in my

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