Morgellons is a multi-system disease with an infectious cause, Borrelia, spirochetal bacteria which are also found in Lymedisease. The distinguishing characteristicof Morgellons disease is the presence of microscopic fibers within the skin. With the use of lighted, handheld microscopes (60-100x) these unusual, often colored fibers can be found beneath completely intact skin and embedded in open skin lesions.
Studies show, that 97% of Morgellons patients have evidence of existing Lyme disease. Lyme specialists take Morgellons seriously offering care according to clinical findings. http://www.thecehf.org/morgellons-disease-research.html
Since 2005, medical research has been conducted at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa under the direction of Dr. Randy S.Wymore, PhD. Marianne Middelveen, a Canadian veterinary microbiologistdiscovered similarities between Morgellons disease and BDD, a cattle disease caused by a spirochetal infection.
In 2011 The Holman Foundation supplied funding for research to Ms. Middelveen and Raphael Stricker, MD, a pioneer in Morgellons disease.
This effort led to the detection and isolation of Borrelia burgdorferi, and other closely related Borrelia species in skin specimens from Morgellons patients. Studies continue.
THESE ARE THE SYMPTOMS
• Intense itching, stinging or biting feelings
• Crawling sensations under the skin
• Skin lesions which may take years to heal
• Black specks in or on the skin
• Fine, thread-like fibers beneath or emerging from the skin
• Fatigue impacting activities-of-daily living
• Neurological impairment and diminished cognitive abilities
• Gastrointestinal changes
• Muscle aches, joint pain
• Sleep disturbances
• New onset of anxiety or panic
• Cognitive disturbances, “brain fog”
• Visual Changes