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Musicophobia: When Your Favorite Song Gives You Seizures

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Stacey Gayle used to love music. Listening to it and performing it was a big part of her life. She had stacks of CDs in her car, went to concerts of artists like Sean Paul, and would go to parties where hot songs would blare. ... Then she started having seizures.

The first one happened while she slept in her bedroom in Rosedale, Queens in New York City on the night of March 3, 2005. ... Several brain scans and blood tests gave no clue as to why she seized. Soon after, she had another, this time at a friend's barbecue.

... At first, the seizures seemed to occur randomly. In the spring of 2006, however, she noticed a pattern. At the time, Sean Paul's "Temperature" was sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, continually being played on urban radio stations. It was playing at nearly every barbecue and party she went to. That was a problem: "Every time it would go on, I would pass out and go into a seizure," she recalls.

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