Lyme is defined by Borellia bacteria infection. Co-infections are everything else that come with it. Borellia can originate from many vectors not just ticks as we have been led to believe. Left untreated it often soon becomes accompanied by co-infections that include several other bacteria which we will discuss in future writings.
Morgellons, remains unrecognized by the medical establishment so many doctors act as if it does not exist. It is comparable to Lyme on steroids with a nasty twist.
In both cases a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) will be your best chance at getting medical treatment. When dealing with any doctor try to avoid being the first one to use the word 'Morgellons'. Approach your condition as Lyme with additional symptoms. Stick to the symptoms and avoid speculation of what you think it is or repeating what you've read on the internet.
Some have been labeled delusional by doctors and once this appears on your medical record, each doctor that follows will see this diagnosis and may be biased.
Here is a good resource to help you find a doctor willing to assist:
But what about mold sickness? The following is information on the tests to request alongside additional resources:
As I stated in an earlier post, a few years ago I moved to (The Republic of) Panama from Virginia. I now find myself living in an area where there is no Lyme and there are no LLMDs. At the start of it all, I attempted to get medical assistance but I was told I am fine and there is nothing wrong with the exception of allergies. I was given a prescription for three different eye drops. What an excellent pharmaceutical salesman that doctor was!
Mold Sickness and Morgellons both are accompanied by
sensations of crawling, stinging, or biting. Often you see nothing but would swear something just bit or stung you. Lyme victims often lack this symptom.
Mold can cause a flat red lesion about the size of a dime with a dot in the middle. It appears somewhere isolated on the body. Unlike an insect bite which is often raised, the resulting macular lesion is not raised. It takes weeks longer to resolve than an insect bite and may or may not itch. Just as it finally heals another may appear somewhere else on the body.
Lyme has been stereotyped with an erythema migrans rash as pictured in the next link below. It is nicknamed the 'bulls eye' rash but it doesnt always look like a bulls eye and varies in size.
The rash can vary in size but heals from the center towards the edges, referred to as central clearing. About half of Lyme victims do not notice any rash.
A Lyme co-infection named Bartonella will cause a rash with long wide streaks to appear in a vertical or horizontal pattern. These marks appear like scratch marks but the 'streaks' can appear almost instantaneously.
"There are currently over 40 documented species of Bartonella, identified as causing human diseases—including cat scratch disease;
Carrion’s disease; trench fever; endocarditis; bacteremia; myocarditis;
bacillary angiomatosis; and various ocular diseases
Clinical signs and symptoms of infection vary widely depending on both
the specific tissue infected and the immune status of the host. Bartonella henselae is the most common ocular pathogen, although B. quintana, B. grahamii and B. elizabethae infections each have been reported to infect the eye."
Mold is a fungus. In Spanish they do not distinguish from mold, mildew, fungus, ringworm, yeast, candida, or even edible mushrooms. It is all called 'hongos'.
There are certain molds that exist in yeast form at body temperature. These are known as dimorphic fungi as they can exist in different forms depending on the temperature of their environment. These are adaptable and some are pathogenic to humans.
Dimorphic fungi comprised of known and yet to be classified type play a central role in Morgellons.
Researchers are often confused by the undocumented DNA sequences being discovered in fungi today. Upon closer examination, they contain DNA resembling multiple types of organisms.
These are difficult to classify as they can have characteristics of a protozoa with parts resembling yeast and other organisms.
Below is a link to an interview with Dr. S. Fry describing a new organism, protomyxzoa rhematica, with mixed species traits as "similar to malaria, similar
to babesiosis, even more complex genetically, sort of in between a
helminth [parasitic worm] and a protozoan."
I am confident that more will emerge going forward.
The fungus like growth
attracts fungi consuming insects which will bite you. You may find multiple types of insects taking an interest in you. After all you smell like food. The
bite from an infected insect injects bacteria and microscopic nematode larvae just under the skin.
A healthy immune system can respond to the invaders where a Mold Sick individual will be unable to.
Treat insect bites as soon as possible to prevent larvae maturation and dissemination. Place a generous dab of antibiotic ointment on the bite area about the size of and thickness of a dime. Loosely cover it with a band aid so the ointment doesn't get wiped away, but leave space for the ointment to bulge a bit.
Continue to do this and try to keep ointment atop it for at least 24 hours consecutively. Reapply ointment as needed to keep a layer on the bite with new band-aids as needed.
In a pinch where you have no antibiotic ointment, you can wipe the area with alcohol and then dab some petroleum jelly.
The idea is to cause any microscopic nematode larvae introduced under the skin to surface seeking oxygen. They then get coated in ointment, suffocate, and die.
Untreated the larvae mature, reproduce, disseminate, and create additional bacteria. Each type of larvae are known to have symbiotic relationships with certain bacteria. Where there is one you will find the other.
This is one of the most overlooked aspects of Lyme and or Morgellons by many doctors, including the ones familiar with these diseases. Many fail to address parasites and fungal issues and prescribe one or more antibiotics.
Antibiotics encourage fungal growth. Many on antibiotics get better temporarily only to get sick again as these bacteria producing nematodes often go unaddressed.
A course of Doxycycline administered quickly after initial infection may prevent Lyme, but there have been cases that show this is not always the case.
Both Morgellons and Lyme begin with a vector but present with slight differences. These differences can help you to determine which you are dealing with. Both
are slowly advancing conditions and get worse if left untreated.
If you can recognize early warning signs there
are many steps you can take to treat and prevent co-infections. The later
you wait to treat, the more co-infections that will follow.
Morgellons often initially presents as a yeast or fungal infection. For men this may manifest
as the jock-itch from hell that wont resolve using topical anti-fungal
and yeast creams. It may manifest as ringworm that keeps returning regardless of the amount of Terbinafine your doctor prescribes.
Sufferers of Morgellons and Mold Sickness can experience intermittent crawling, and biting sensations occur as infection affects the nervous system. Yeast grows explosively in budding chains and this too affects the nervous system.
A major difference with Morgellons sufferers when compared to Lyme is a major widespread
insatiable itch that is relentless.
Through each stage of each of the three infections, I experienced varying degrees of this sensation known as formication.
There are other symptoms common to Mold Sickness, also found in Lyme, which include cluster headaches, tinnitus, sneezing, and increased tear production. Vision problems and red eyes were one of my earliest symptoms.
An important point to make is that Mold Sickness can precede Lyme which can precede Morgellons.
All three can experience some form of lung pain. The way this presents can be a big clue as to which is affecting you.
Morgellons produces pain on inhale that slowly progresses
often unilaterally at first. It comes and goes. Then it gets worse and eventually progresses to the adjacent lung. In Morgellons nothing shows on an X-ray or CT scan of the area and you are told that you are fine but may be given some pills to help you 'feel better'.
For myself it has responded to Biaxin (Clarithromycin) 500mg bid.
Mold Sickness may show visibly on X-ray or CT scan in cases of invasive Aspergillosis.
Lyme lung pain is different still and is often described as a feeling of 'air hunger' or not being able to absorb oxygen.
In Lyme a bacterial co-infection named Babesia is often the culprit. Babs, as we like to call her, brings night sweats, vivid dreams, and waking in the wee morning hours. She leaves you breathless but not in a good way!
Skin may also eject tiny specs or barely visible grains which can be felt but not always seen and although some Lyme sufferers experience this condition they may have Morgellons and not know it yet.
One of the late and most upsetting symptoms of Mogellons are visible fibers of multiple colors protruding from the skin. The disease is classified by this symptom but this is flawed logic as it occurs late after exposure.
Going forward I believe it will become widespread knowledge that carriers of Morgellons have pupils that fluoresce in UV light and testing can be done at home with a UV flashlight costing under $10.
Morgellons sufferers can also experience visible parasitic infections from untreated bites from multiple vectors. These often manifest as worms but can include mites, flies as in myiasis, and anthropod like creatures, and in some cases collembolan.
One way you can
determine if you have actual mites crawling on the skin is to cease consumption of all
bread products, sugar, and starches for a week. It may only take a few days to get an answer as in my case all crawling stopped in three days of the dietary change.
If the crawling sensation
responds to this by stopping, then it is being caused by yeast (dimporphic fungi) and or bacteria and
not by the larger parasites. It truly does feel like mites crawling all over and can be very deceiving.
Morgellons sufferers commonly experience scalp
lesions and rash, and other skin lesions in other parts of the body well before any
visible fibers appear.These are slow to heal and never really return to the original skin color leaving a blemish well after healing.
Friends and associates of
mine with various degrees of Mold Sickness,
Lyme, and Morgellons have shared with me some success stories which have
helped them achieve remission of their condition.
Since it takes five
years of being symptom free to medically define one as cured we will
have to wait and see if they are cures but we can explore the ones that help.
I also have
discovered some things that slow the progression of the diseases on my
own through research, as well as clinical detection methods for testing
for these conditions to know if you are afflicted and the differences.
must disclose that I am not a doctor and just a guy on the internet who
has been inspired to bring you some helpful information from the
conjecture of myself and others with these afflictions. I give no
medical advice and you are ultimately the one responsible for whatever
action you decide to take going forward.
little scientific evidence that tells us anything definitive about these
conditions no less how to cure them. I have shared in your suffering so I
wish to offer as much help as I possibly can.
forward we are going to take a closer look at some successful treatment
stories from myself and others and what they did to get there. This
first one is one of the most promising.
TEN PASS OZONE THERAPY
I wrote a recent email to a clinic in Salt Lake City which I heard
the cheapest in the United States for this treatment but I am not aware if this is fact. I have no affiliation with the clinic
but have provided a link to their site in case you wish to take a closer
look at what they offer.
Rather than attempt to explain
something that I myself have yet to attempt I encourage you to direct
your questions about the therapy directly to the clinic at the link
below to see if it is right for you.
I have attempted
only direct intravenous ozone therapy and reached a point of stalemate
to where I was not improving after 8 weeks only to then find out that
this form of ozone treatment carries high risk, whereas the one below is
a more proper application of ozone therapy with high rates of reported
email below is my inquiry to this clinic. It details what I have been
through and reflects my own personal story so as I wear my heart on my
sleeve I wish to share it with you:
"I am inquiring about 10 pass ozone therapy cost and the time it would take to complete this.
I would naturally travel to Salt Lake and would also like to know what hotels are closest to your office to taxi as needed.
have multiple infections that began manifesting beginning with long
term mold exposure starting in August of 2014 which led to mold
The suspected dimorphic fungi became systemic and weakened my immune system which then invited multiple co-infections.
when I thought I had cured myself of the mold sickness and discontinued
Fluconazole, then following month specific Lyme symptoms developed.
More recently there are the beginning of symptoms of that strange condition the medical system wont recognize.
is often referred to as starting with an 'M'. It is the disease that
will automatically get me labeled as delusional if I so much as mention
it and therefore I dare not.
I have not progressed
downhill rapidly because I have continuously researched medical journals
for close to a 1000 hours and counting for the duration of this
I have been self treating with Fluconazole and multiple antibiotics and antihelmintics.
I do try to be cautious but nobody should be placed in a position where they feel as if there is no other option.
I trusted any previous doctors I have dealt with to date, I would
likely have a detached rectus in my left eye but because I began self
treatment, my eye feels better than it has been in a little over 2
Every trip to any conventional specialist has
been a complete waste of time and money as they continuously
misdiagnose, and refuse to listen.
If I had eye allergies as they suggested, then why did a Doxycycline / Fluconazole combination clear up my eye?!
I would prefer not to continue to ingest potentially toxic drugs and begin to work towards restoring my gut flora.
addition to this, I also have good reason to believe that I have am
dealing with a Propionibacterium acnes infection in my spine.
This has manifested as a slow progression of chronic pain which has been escalating for 28 years.
is confirmed herniated by MRI, yet the thoracic region dosent show
anything remarkable. The pain in the thoracic region sometimes feels as
if it migrates between T9/10 and T4/5.
There was no
trauma to my spine and it all began a few years after my first dental
implant at the age of 20. I am now 48 years of age.
I have not been officially diagnosed with anything (except herniation at L5/S1) because the specialists have failed me.
than test for anything that I have specifically asked for they have
deceived me by testing for things that I did not request and then
attempted to refer me to additional specialists.
The irony is that I am paying 100% out of pocket so why is it I cant obtain the specific tests that I have asked for?
I know this must be as difficult to believe as it is for me to disclose.
Please let me know what problems you can help with and what I should and or should not expect from ozone treatment.
I am frustrated but keeping calm and making progress, but nobody should have to do this alone."
There is a very good chance that you are not delusional and its a sure bet that you are not alone.
Your stress levels directly correlate to how fast the disease will progress or how quickly you may recover. I assure you panicking and pointing fingers will only make the situation a whole lot worse quickly.
Be careful. There is a lot of misinformation about these conditions on
the internet and we will discuss this in the future also. Some even telling you not to bathe. You should absolutely try to keep yourself as clean as possible, but there is no reason to go overboard or resort to dangerous chemical treatments. You didn't get this overnight and there is no speedy cure.
The best first thing you can do is to avoid sugar, breads, and most carbs and begin taking Xylitol in 1/4 tsp increments until you can handle up to 4 tsp per day. This will cut down the yeast and many invasive bacteria as it will consume the Xylitol thinking it is sugar, but will not be able to convert it into energy causing it to starve.
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time do yourself a favor and stay calm.
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