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Unusual illness has Ken mystified

Ken Thurbon is sick of waiting for answers to what he says is a mystery medical condition. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSONA BENALLA man says he just wants answers after suffering a mystery illness for years.

Ken Thurbon, 81, got out of bed one morning in September 2011 and collapsed.

More than three years and countless doctor and hospital visits later, he still doesn’t know what’s causing the problem.

Mr Thurbon said he regularly had problems with his legs, which included walking troubles, pins and needles and issues balancing, and had passed out several times. He has also had stomach problems.

His fear is he could end up in wheelchair.

“It’s a medical mystery as far as I’m concerned,” Mr Thurbon said.

“I’m a bit annoyed.

“They don’t tell me much.”

Mr Thurbon has been diagnosed with a copper deficiency but his body is not responding to treatments and the cause remains unknown.

There is little research and information on the problem, and even less knowledge among the local medical fraternity, he said.

Mr Thurbon has been encouraged to eat certain foods to boost his copper levels, including oysters, but his condition is not improving.

“They just don’t seem interested,” he said.

“I’ve been surfing the net and reading books to find out something about it, but there’s absolutely no local information.”

Mr Thurbon said the illness had had a drastic impact on his life and kept him from his love of exploring the outdoors.

“It’s virtually shut my life down and it’s driving me around the bloody twist,” he said.

“I just want my life back. I’ve exhausted the internet.”

He hopes by talking about it, more information and a solution will come to light.

“I’ve tried everything from pills to oysters,” he said.

“I get upset, I get depressed, I shut the place up, take the phone off the hook and hibernate.”

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