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Doctors Cant Figure Out Why 12-Year-Old Girl Sneezes 12,000 Times A Day

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It all began when 12-year-old Katelyn Thornley left her clarinet lesson. The seventh grader from Angleton, Texas, exited the class and began to feel a strange sensation in her nose.

I was walking out of a clarinet lesson and all of a sudden it kind of started like little spurts, Katelyn told ABC News. It was just a few sneezes here and there, but by the time I went to bed, I had sneezed 30 times that night.

Katelyn began to sneeze about 12,000 times a day and about 20 sneezes per minute. Sleeping is the only time the sneezing stops.

I can control it sometimes, but its really painful, she explained.

Doctors can’t figure out why the sneeze is so persistent, but many believe it is a neurological tic. In fact, this isn’t the first known case of uncontrollable sneezing and around 10 percent of children are affected by tics.

She cant really go to school or do anything normal, said Katelyns mom, Erika Hodges. She cant eat well, she has to sip. She cant drink. Its affected everything.

Her father, Travis Thornley, says Katelyn once had an episode that lasted for 45 minutes. The father felt helpless to easing his daughter’s distress.

This has taken a huge toll on my life, she said. I want nothing more than for this to end. I just want it to be gone for good.

Medical professionals at the Texas Children’s Hospital are working with Katelyn to find proper treatment.

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