A woman in Great Britain claims that pop artist Ne-Yo’s songs are giving her fits – literally.
Zoe Fennessy, 26, suffers an epileptic seizure every time she listens to one of the pop star’s songs, reports the Daily Mail.
“If he ever releases a greatest hits album, it’s going to be a nightmare,” Fennessy told the paper. “Whenever I hear the first few beats of the song, I have to drop whatever I am doing and run. People might think it is funny — and I can laugh at it myself — but it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life.”
At the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, doctors reportedly studied Fennessy’s brain to attempt to properly diagnose the woman’s condition.
“During her admission, she was listening to the radio on [her] iPhone when a specific song came on the radio that triggers her fits,” a doctor at the hospital told the Mail. “She called for assistance at this point, and she was noted to be shaking and looking rather anxious and acting a bit confused.”
“The following day we deliberately played the song and exactly the same symptoms arose,” the doctor added.
Fennessy was diagnosed with “musicogenic epilepsy,” a “reflex epilepsy triggered by certain types of music or even specific frequencies of pitch for which the person’s brain has a low threshold or tolerance.”
According to the Mail, Fennessy underwent a 6-hour procedure earlier this year to remove her front temporal lobe, where doctors believe most of her seizures originate. But the surgery was ultimately unsuccessful; while the symptoms of her seizures have been reduced, Fennessy still suffers every time she hears the pop star’s voice.
“Our holiday this year to Majorca was a nightmare,” Fennessy told the paper. “Honestly, it was like being at a Ne-Yo concert — the song [“Play Hard,” with David Guetta] was everywhere. I had to stay in the hotel room for most of the holiday because it got so bad.”
“I have had to go up to DJs in places and say, ‘Look can you not play Ne-Yo,’ and they just look at me like I’m an alien,” she added.