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12-year-old Texas girl can’t stop sneezing

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Katelyn Thornley can't stop sneezing. (CBS) Katelyn Thornley can't stop sneezing. (CBS)
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Doctors in Angleton, Texas are left with more questions than answers as a 12-year-old girl, desperate for help, continues to sneeze nonstop, literally.

Katelyn Thornley started sneezing about a month ago and sneezes up to 20 times per minute, or 12,000 times per day.

“I'm constantly in pain with my abdomen, my legs are weak, I can barely eat," Thornley said.

Thornley said it started in “little spurts.”

"I thought it was like, ‘I'm allergic to something’ or didn't wash out my mouthpiece the right way,” she said.

Doctors have already ruled out a virus and allergies, but have no answers as to the cause of the sneezing or how to stop it.

Thornley said the only time she doesn't sneeze is when she's sleeping, and that's after she's taken Benadryl and listened to music to relax. Thornley said she wished she could leave her body and be at peace.

She also says the sneezing has compromised her way of life, forcing her out of school and preventing her from playing her beloved clarinet.

Her parents are now asking for anyone with any expertise in this field to please come forward, because they want nothing more than to give their daughter a normal life again.

“It's hard to watch,” her father said.

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