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Until fairly recently, Morgellons disease was dismissed by the medical community as a psychological illness which alienated thousands of people suffering the same symptoms. Over the span of its controversial existence, many arguments were put forth as to how it may be physiological as opposed to just a mental condition. One such argument was the proceeds of lymes disease bacteria which was causing thread like substances to appear in lesions and intense itchiness. However, whilst this may have taken the debate forward, it was found that not everyone diagnosed with Morgellons had the presence of Lymes in their blood.

New research which has been funded by private donations as found new evidence that Morgellons may still be closely linked with another tick-bourne disease, Borrelia which in turn can cause Lymes in certain people. Back in 2013, preliminary results showed a small sample size of Morgellons sufferers all had the Borrelia bacteria but due to the sample size and lack of repeatability in the result, it went unnoticed in the medical community. It refuted that Morgellons lesions are self inflicted and that an infection of Borrelia may be significant factor in the symptoms of the 4 randomly selected MD patients.

However, following that initial study, numerous peer-reviewed, independent studies were carried out which all seemed to point in the same direction; the Morgellons symptoms showed correlation with a process of infection, especially with symptoms such as joint pain, extreme fatigue and dizziness. The next study confirmed the previous results with a larger sample size of 25 (Middelveen, Bandoski et all, 2016), where 24 out of the 25 patients were confined to have Borrelia Spirochetes, which causes Lyme diseases. Whilst it was accepted that delusional infestation could have occurred, the sample size consisted of patients that all had the presence of multi-coloured fibres within skin lesions or under broken skin. Furthermore, testing of the fibres found that in fact, these were composed of keratin and collagen which supports the theory that they are produced from the epithelial cells in the deeper layers of the skin and not from the environment as doctors have previously claimed.

This study perhaps opened the floodgates to much greater research and treatment as it confirms the existence of Morgellons. Another study carried out by Hefley, Rice et al (2016) also concludes that unusual microbial organisms were identified in Morgellons epithelial tissue samples.

Whilst the sentiment from the physicians is unclear following these extensive studies, acceptance of MD as a physiological disease is long overdue. The sooner all parties involved work together, the greater the access to funding will be to help identify effective treatment for sufferers. The findings from these papers would suggest that if Borrelia is the trigger, then we may be seeing an increase in tick-bourne disease across the world. It raises many new questions; is this an infection disease? Why do we not notice larger, more localised groups of Morgellons sufferers if it is potentially transmitted through ticks?

If the progress of research continues as we have seen, which it most likely will with the support of government funding, it is bound to bring fruitful results to the benefit of doctors and patients alike.

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The first recorded case of self-diagnosed Morgellons Disease occurred in 2003 when Mary Leitao’s discovered red, black and blue fibres protruding from her 2-year old lips. Her son felt ‘bugs’ inside his lip and gradually more sores on the skin started to develop. This led her to several pediatricians, allergists and dermatologists, none of which could diagnose the problem as any dermatological/biological condition.

The final physician who the family was meant to consult turned them downing claiming it was a case of Munchausen’s, where a mother often pretends or causes sickness in their child for more attention. However when Mary Leitao was denied further help from physicians, she named it ‘Morgellons’ which referred to a disease from the 17th century in French medical texts in which black hairs emerged from the skin.

Mary had created a website sharing their story and their understanding of the symptoms of this strange condition and the internet responded very strongly. Thousands contacted her claiming to suffer the exact same symptoms and by 2007, gathered over 8,000 people suffering the same conditions. Despite this however, the medical community maintained its position of it being a purely psychological phenomenon which had been around for hundred of years, known as delusional parasitosis.

Due to the media attention Morgellons Disease was receiving, it forced the federal government to launch an investigation through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to diagnose it. While the results of this investigation by the CDC only supported the existing hypothesis by physicians, those suffering from this condition are adamant there is more to it and thus, private funds and individuals have supported research hoping to find answers.

The medical opposition argue that the more symptoms are posted online and shared with others, the more likely it is that more suffer the same symptoms as the condition is psychological in nature. People begin to feel the symptoms just because they are reading them, akin to ‘Medical Student’s disease’ whereby studying different diseases leads to the symptoms of diseases, which they aren’t suffering from. However, this does not fully explain cases of patients who start experiencing symptoms suddenly without having any prior knowledge of it.

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Morgellons disease has been a controversial topic over the past few years on whether Morgellons is a psychiatric condition or a physical one which causes painful lesions amongst other unpleasant symptoms. Sufferers often describe the symptoms to feel as if there are bugs or parasites in their skin which cause constant itchiness and fibres to protrude from skin lesions. The debate has been whether these sensations are simply neurological or not, the former of which many physicians seem to agree as no parasites or foreign bodies are found in the skin. Symptoms are not limited to these sensation though, as it has also reported to cause extreme fatigue, hair loss, short term memory loss and even joint pain. However as the debate goes on, Morgellons sufferers have borne the brunt of it all with little to no resolution in treatment.

Medical examiners have labelled this ‘Delusion of Parasitosis’ (DOP) where patients potentially feel fibres from an animal, their clothes or other sources from the environment and begin having self-inflicted symptoms by continually itching. Because of the number of people being denied any treatment further than psychological drugs, thousands wrote to Congress demanding action. There were even some popular artists who admitted they were also suffering such as folk singer Joni Mitchell as well as a segment airing airing on the popular CBS TV show “Criminal Minds” which raised awareness on the disease.

This led to a million dollar investment into forming an investigation by the CDC, that span over 6 years, to study whether the disease had any biological standing. A team of 15 researches published papers that interviewed 115 self-described Morgellons sufferers concluded that the fibres they analysed were made of cellulose which confirmed the suspicion that fibres from clothing most fell into patient’s lesions.

As a result of this research, the medical community became even less sympathetic towards Morgellons patients that it left many sufferers feeling alienated. However an external peer review of the research by the Holman Foundation found that none of the participating patients had lesions characteristic of Morgellons which seriously affects credibility.

One theory proposed by Dr Anne Louise Oaklander, an associate professor at Harvard Medical College, suggested that patients are not suffering from neurological conditions but a chronic itch condition, the heart of the problem lying in the network of nerves that control the itch function. It is thought itching is an evolutionary trait to warn us of dangerous insects such as mosquitos that can spread fatal diseases. Our nervous system reacts to an insect landing as an itch so that we can remove the danger. Oaklander believes that the itching sensation triggered by our nerves responding is what intuitively causes people to assume it is some kind of bug or parasite.

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However since then, new research has evolved and shown that in fact, it may be the Borrelia bacterium that is causing the symptoms. Borrelia has been detected in all Morgellons patients so far which is the same bacteria causing Lyme disease, nonetheless, patients with Morgellons also test negative for Lymes disease, which has further complicated matters.

A research team from Oklahoma State University Center also carried out research on the fibres patients sent them, which despite being taken from a number of individuals, looked similar. They also found that these fibres all contained a soil bacteria called Agrobacterium which can genetically transform into plant and human cells.

As research continues from a number of different independent parties to understand more on the causes, there has been no breakthrough in known forms of treatment yet. The good news is, a greater proportion of the medical community are now open to the Morgellons being more than just psychological which will speed up the process of research.

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There are five various names Morgellons disease is known as; Morgellons, Morgellons disease, Morgellon, Morgellons syndrome or the Fiber disease, these are five common names for a (possibly infectious) debilitating skin disorder that was given its name around the year 2002. This name was given to this skin condition by Mary Leitao. People, who suffer from it, find themselves facing a number of different skin symptoms.

People who suffer from Morgellons skin disease tend to suffer from a number of sensations along the infected area. They are crawling, biting, and stinging feelings that are often called formications, by nonbelievers of the skin disorder. A formication is literally an unusual sensation that often mimics the feeling of insect on skin. This is medically well known even though it is unusual.

Different skin problems like rashes and lesions that just do not heal. In this case, treating them with over the counter medications does not heal them. When this happens you need to go talk with a doctor.

There will be things either underneath the skin or so that they can be extracted from the lesions. They include filaments that are fiber-like, as well as granules, or crystals.

You may suffer from things like pain in your joints, muscle, or even connective tissue. This can often include things like fibromyalgia, which is a chronic widespread pain.

If you have Morgellons, then there is a chance that you will also suffer from a devastating fatigue. You may also suffer from something called Cognitive dysfunction. This means that you may have difficulty with concentrating, a problem with your short term memory, and a problem with paying attention. Many morgies call this brain fog.

Talking to a dermatologist, you will often find that they don’t support Morgellons as a real true disease. In fact, when you go to get treatment, it is much more likely that you will be treated for Delusional Parasitosis.

First your doctor will run a few tests to be sure that your skin problems are not caused by any of the known organic causes.

Next your doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic. It could be something like pimozide; this is a favorite because it is an antipsychotic as well as preventing the feeling of itching. It could also be that your doctor just treats you with an antipsychotic to keep you from feeling the buggy sensations. It is actually being recommended that dermatologists change the name to Morgellons just so that people wouldn’t refuse treatment. Nobody likes to think that they are delusional, and a change in name won’t be so offensive.

Another way doctors treat it is by concluding that it is an infectious disease. This is because there are a large and growing number of people who refuse that the diagnosis could be Delusional parasitosis. For this, people undergo a series of antibiotics, antifungal, and anti-parasitic medications. Often there will also be herbal supplements and light therapy.

You may also find that some doctors will put a cast over the infected area for four weeks or more. The thought behind this is that the rashes or lesions will be able to heal without being bothered by the person.

If you believe that you have Morgellons skin disease, you should find an understanding doctor as soon as you can, to keep it all from getting any worse than it already is.

“I would lay in the bed and it felt like an army of ants just crawling over the bed, all over my body,”
“It never goes away,”, “It doesn’t die, it doesn’t leave.”
“creepy and constant sensation of bugs crawling under my skin”
“I was so humiliated from the three doctors that I went to, that I just refused to go back,”
“I’m absolutely disappointed, disillusioned and very, very angry at the medical community,”
“They’d look at me and say, ‘Its dry skin, quit worrying about it.’ I’m saying, ‘This is the weirdest dry skin I’ve ever seen in my life!’”

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Morgellons is a disease that is fairly new as diseases go. It was first reported around 2001 and to this day nobody can determine its cause, how to cure it, or even what it is. It’s characterized by itchy rashes, strange fibers that protrude from the skin, lethargy, the feeling of bugs crawling under their flesh and more. Some people have mild cases of Morgellons and some have extreme cases; but both groups have something in common: They don’t have the answers they seek. The medical community for the most part, dismisses them.

Many doctors say it’s all in the patient’s head. The fibers, they say, came from your bed or something similar . Yet these “fibers” don’t look or feel like regular thread at all. The symptoms, the experts say, are all manifested in the patient’s mind. Yet everyone who suffers from Morgellons stresses otherwise. They are suffering, and they want help that they’re not getting. Only recently did the CDC begin seriously investigating this horrible affliction. The only thing these people can do is take pictures and hope there’s a community out there of others just like them.

Morgellons pictures are appearing on the internet at an ever increasing rate. That’s because the disease seems to be spreading. Yet the CDC hasn’t yet characterized it as a disease, let alone an infectious one. So these people who have no idea what’s going on with their bodies take pictures of their symptoms. They’ll take pictures of the rashes, the odd fibers that are coming from their skin. What they can’t capture through photographs is the pain they feel, the feeling that there are insects under their skin, and the utter lack of hope because nobody has any answers.

You can find morgellons pictures with a Google search. People have started blogs and forums strictly for other Morgellons sufferers so that others can find hope in the fact that someone else is going through what they are. These pictures are then picked up by Google. When you search for pictures, you have to do so with an open mind and a strong stomach. The sores and the fibers and the other symptoms the sufferers experience are disturbing. One can only imagine what a person goes through when they have those sores and don’t know how to get rid of them.

When something like Morgellons appears and nobody seems to have any answers, the internet gives people an opportunity to find others like them. These forums and blogs filled with horror stories and pictures that have popped up all over the internet, have allowed others to see that they’re not alone. And that’s very important. That’s why, if you think you’re suffering from Morgellons, you should get online. Search for Morgellons or Morgellons pictures and hopefully you’ll find others just like you, so that you don’t think you have to endure this horrible disease all by yourself.

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