In last week’s article, “The Frustration of Morgellons Disease,” the debilitating symptoms and frustrations of this illness were noted. Many patients are so desperate for answers that they may consider any possible factor, connection or causal source. Regardless of how remote or inaccurate the cause may seem to others, these ideas are very real concerns for some patients. Some physicians have also been prone to theorize that the roots of Morgellons may stem from an environmental cause.
This Foundation is the “singularly recognized authority on Morgellons and stands alone in funding scientific research of this condition.” Their website is a wonderful resource of current, scientific, and evidence-based information. Cindy Casey-Holman, R.N., is the Director of the Foundation and also a Morgellons patient. She has courageously shared her own story and journey involving this life-changing illness. Read her story HERE.
WHAT MORGELLONS IS and WHAT MORGELLONS ISN’T
As noted in the article last week, Morgellons can involve more than the characteristic skin condition (crawling, itching, stinging, and the distinguishing fibers embedded in the skin).
In conjunction with the dermatologic symptoms, additional multi-system involvement can include:
(1) Visual changes
(2) Cognitive changes (“brain fog”)
(3) Gastrointestinal disturbances
(4) Muscle and joint pain
(5) Neurological impairment
In 2013, published findings confirmed a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia) in skin specimens of patients with Morgellons. Although there is no cure or specific treatment, physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease are particularly knowledgeable about this spirochetal bacterium and have the necessary experience in dealing with infections from this organism.
Morgellons is a physiological illness. It is not a mental illness or “delusional parasitosis” as some have suggested. For this reason, it is important to seek advice and medical attention from a health care provider who is compassionate regarding all aspects of this condition.
Currently, there are no specific tests that will definitively diagnose Morgellons. A clinical diagnosis is made based on a physical examination, evaluation of the patient’s symptoms, and viewing the fibers in the skin using a microscope with 60-100x magnification. (With these microscopes, the characteristic black or colored fibers can be seen embedded in skin that is completely intact or in skin with open lesions.)
Morgellons does not discriminate concerning gender, age or ethnicity. Animals have even been reported with symptoms.
RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation’s website has a plethora of useful information. An excellent brochure is available for downloading, printing and sharing with family, friends and health care providers to help inform and educate about this condition. Use this LINK to access the brochure.
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” (Proverbs 18:15 / NIV)
The Foundation offers knowledge and wisdom for those who are willing to seek it. They offer hope to help alleviate fear.
If you are unsure where to begin, click HERE.
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