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I realized I had a rare illness after my symptoms appeared on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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The hit series “Grey’s Anatomy” might be fiction, but for one 22-year-old, it solved her medical mystery.

Emilie Levy, from Israel, had been suffering from unexplained pain in her wrists and ankles since she was 12. As a teen, she also began to experience dislocations of her shoulder, hip and jaw – yet doctors were stumped.

But one day, while watching the Shonda Rhimes show, she recognized her symptoms on-screen.

“I was watching through Season 13 when I spotted something,” Levy told NeedToKnow.online. “There was a female patient complaining about a hangover after just one drink and then during the exam, they were able to easily dislocate her whole arm.”

She recalled getting “almost immediately hungover” from “only a small amount” of alcohol, although she never knew why until now.

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Levy suffered from joint pain and dislocations from a young age, yet doctors continued to scratch their heads.
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“After I saw them dislocate her shoulder, I remember thinking that it reminds me exactly of myself,” Levy continued.

The woman on-screen was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of hereditary disorders which cause overly flexible joints as well as stretchy and fragile skin.

But even after recognizing all the signs on TV, doctors told her she was wrong, blaming the dislocations on hypermobility syndrome.

Emilie Levy
It wasn’t until she saw her symptoms mirrored in the hit show that she realized what was wrong.
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Eventually, she sought out a second option and in 2019 was finally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

But, despite the diagnosis, her problems were far from solved. In September 2020, Levy was involved in a car accident and dislocated her ribs after another driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into her vehicle. Only six months later, her thoracic region and chest were dislocated as a result.

“It was like a domino, from the moment the first rib dislocated, the deterioration was so fast, day by day it became worse,” she said.

Emilie Levy
Levy, right, took her life into her own hands and demanded a diagnosis and proper treatment.
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If she bent over, drove or sat for longer than 30 minutes, lifting things, coughing or even breathing, it dislocated. She would even wake up from her sleep to put her ribs back in her place as often as every 10 minutes.

“I got to a point where I told my parents that I couldn’t imagine living like this, with an unbelievable level of pain, not even for two more months,” she recalled.

While there isn’t a cure for Ehlers-Danlos, Levy took her health into her hands once again and searched “slipping rib syndrome treatment” online.

Emilie Levy
Levy, right, got into a horrific car accident, which only made her condition worse.
Jam Press/Emilie Levy

“It was the first time I came across someone explaining exactly what I had been complaining about all these months,” she said.

Crying, she sat her parents down to watch the clip she discovered and eventually flew out to Florida to receive treatment two months later.

“I flew to his clinic for three months to undergo major treatment which eventually led to a huge improvement in my function, where I stopped dislocating,” she said of the life-changing process.

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Now, she’s inspired to become a doctor and even opened up her own clinic alongside a surgeon to help others.
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Due to her life-long health complications, Levy was inspired to become a doctor, eventually achieving her goal in February 2022 when she opened a medical clinic with surgeon Dr. Yeshaiau Benedict in Israel.

“The clinic focuses on prolotherapy, a regenerative form of treatment that can make a significant difference to the lives of Ehlers-Danlos patients and a lot of other orthopedic injuries and pain including various sports injuries,” she said.

With the help of Dr. Benedict, who she called an “outstanding and unusual orthopedic surgeon,” Levy now attempts to help “as many people as possible.”

“Emilie is only a 22-year-old woman but she has walked a long way so far in her quite short life – she is a smart, stubborn, intelligent woman,” Dr. Benedict said of Levy, who will need her own prolotherapy treatments for the rest of her life. “She pursues her goals in life and does not like [anyone] stop her.”

“I am grateful for the privilege that has fallen to me and to help people return to their lives and heal their pain,” she said.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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