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A woman who had suffered from seizures, hallucinations, and paranoia for more than two months eventually found relief after the doctors discovered massive growth in her ovary a rare autoimmune disease triggered in her brain SWS reported that Lorina Gutierrez from New Mexico had even been admitted to a psychiatric ward after she was outwitted and became violent.
"I was so scared it was like she was obsessed," said Stephen Gutierrez, Lorina's husband news agency. "The night after she came home from the emergency room, we were up all night. She could not sleep and just talked gibberish. She kept saying, "We have to get out of here, we have to go." She stood up constantly and tried to leave the house. "
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Stephen Gutierrez said doctors asked if his wife had been drinking or using drugs, and suggested that Lorina might experience a nervous breakdown or depression
"During her psychiatric counseling, she swung me on and we had to hold her so unconventionally," he told SWNS. "Then she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital, and at some point I showered her with some holy water my family, they would not have been surprised if their head turned around. "
Eventually, she lost the ability to speak, walk, or eat independently, and did not respond to the treatment. The 39-year-old was then taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with anti-NMDA receptor-limbic autoimmune encephalitis, an autoimmune disease that caused her brain to swell.
According to The Encephalitis Society, Gutierrez's symptoms were on par with their diagnosis. The disease is usually more common in women than in men, and once diagnosed, doctors look for an underlying tumor as the main cause. She had developed the disease in response to a 6-by-6-inch tumor that had developed on one of her ovaries. According to SWNS, she underwent severe steroid treatment and plasmapheresis to try to rid her body of the antibodies that had attacked both the tumor and her brain.
"Over the course of three months, I underwent speech, body and occupational therapy, but I do not remember much," she told SWNS. "It's a blur. At the moment I'm in remission, but I could fall behind anytime. It is not curable, it is only treatable. "
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