12 Horrible Diseases with Weirdly Unexpected Benefits

There are some really bad, nasty diseases out there and most of the time, there is nothing good to come of them. For a few diseases though, there are a few bright lights in the darkness. Positive side effects of diseases can range from things like immunity to other, more dangerous conditions or even unexpected orgasms. If you're one of the few people who have a disease with an unexpected benefit, be grateful for it.

For most people, being diagnosed with a horrible disease is one of the worst things imaginable. Of course, horrible is a relative term. For some, herpes might mean the end of the world, but when you consider that it could save you from a very painful death in the long run, it doesn't sound so bad. 

It's no surprise that some diseases come with unexpected consequences. Though it is surprising to come across an illnesses with positive side effects rather than negative ones. For some, a positive side effect might be the only thing that gets them through the unfortunate news. After all, learning that you have a disease is a little easier wen you know there could be a silver lining.
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  • Restless Genital Syndrome

    Restless Genital Syndrome
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    Unexpected Benefit: Spontaneous orgasms

    The worst part about this condition is also the best part. Primarily affecting women, Restless Genital Syndrome, also known as Persistent Sexual Arousal disorder (PSAD), results in feeling uncontrollable arousal, even leading to spontaneous and unprovoked orgasms. It can be an embarrassing and debilitating condition for many, but there are a lot of things out there worse than spontaneous orgasms.
  • Syphilis
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    Unexpected Benefit: Euphoria, excitement, and relaxation
    Syphilis is an ugly disease that wreaks havoc on your body. However, a person with syphilis that involves the central nervous system may experience feelings of euphoria, excitement, and relaxation... right before they die. It's all thanks to the way the disease reacts with the brain. Unfortunately, that's also the part that proves to be fatal in the end.
  • Secondary Polycythemia

    Secondary Polycythemia
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    Unexpected Benefits: Increased Stamina
    This condition is characterized by an increase in red blood cells and a mutation of bone marrow cells. Although this can lead to a whole slew of medical problems such as strokes and heart attacks, it can also increase one's stamina to extreme levels.
  • Huntington’s Disease

    Huntington’s Disease
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    Unexpected Benefit: Cancer resistance
    It isn't clear if Huntington’s Disease makes one immune to cancer or just incredibly and abnormally resistant to it, but either way, this is about the only positive to take from this condition. The drawbacks are severe and include the progressive loss of brain and muscle function.
  • Sickle Cell Disease
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    Unexpected Benefit: Malaria resistance
    If you suffer from a Sickle Cell Disease, your symptoms can vary from acute pain to severe anemia. Really the only good thing that comes from the largely incurable disease is that it makes you essentially immune to malaria.
  • Urbach–Wiethe Disease
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    Unexpected Benefit: Fearlessness
    Urbach–Wiethe Disease is characterized by severe damage to the amygdala. One of the primary things this leads to is a virtual or complete lack of fear. That might not sound like such a bad thing, but moderate amounts for fear and knowing when to choose flight or fight are often vital to our survival. On the other hand, being fearless could prove very useful at times.