Morgellons Disease Case Definition. To: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) From: Morgellons Research Foundation Date: February 14, 2006 Subject: CASE DEFINITION - MORGELLONS DISEASE (DRAFT) The following case definition of Morgellons disease has been developed by physicians on the medical advisory board of the Morgellons Research Foundation. This case definition is a preliminary and evolving document, now updated for review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This document will be refined as further information becomes available and as members of the medical advisory board deem necessary. The Following Six Signs or Symptoms Are The Basis of Morgellons Disease 1. Skin lesions, both spontaneously appearing and self-generated, with intense itching. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2.
To date, there have been no formal laboratory or imaging studies done in this patient group. William T. Joni Mitchell on Morgellons Disease | Desultory Heroics. Morgellons fibers embedded in skin. PHOTO: PLOS ONE Influential singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell just turned 70 last Thursday. In a retrospective piece about her career published by U-T San Diego, this particular line caught my attention: She no longer performs because she has a rare medical condition, Morgellons syndrome, and because decades of chain-smoking have ravaged her once-angelic voice.
It’s a huge tragedy that someone of her talent can no longer sing, but what was truly surprising to me was the revelation that she has Morgellons syndrome. It’s truly courageous for someone as well-known and widely respected as Mitchell to go public about it because people suffering from Morgellons have often been dismissed by the medical establishment as being “delusional”. Joni Mitchell related her personal experience with Morgellons in this excerpt from a 2010 LA Times interview: LAT: You’ve come out in the media as a sufferer of a controversial condition known as Morgellons. Like this: Related. An Odder Science. Laboratory specimens for Morgellons Research. Photo by Nicole Lupardus This article was originally published on This Land Press. I pulled up behind Dr. Randy Wymore’s pickup right as he pulled up in front of Sidney Presley’s house. “Sorry I don’t look like a journalist,” I apologized, explaining I’d smeared bike grease on the button-up I’d laid out for the evening.
“Oh, that’s okay,” Wymore half-laughed. Tall, twisting, dark trees lined both sides of the walkway, their leaves the color of the ripe jack-o-lanterns dotting the neighborhood. “Come on in, Randy,” said the woman at the door. Cheri Ward, Sidney Presley’s stepdaughter, greeted us after hugging Dr. “Oh Randy, I haven’t seen you since Tom’s funeral,” Presley said, before embracing him with the warmth of an old friend.
“It hit me on May 13, 1985,” Sidney said, “but the lesions didn’t start right away and were only on my face.” Sidney spoke of the thick, white fibers she, and her stepdaughter, pulled out of her facial lesions. Dr. Morgellons Articles & Reports. Morgellons Exposed - Jan Smith Home Page. Morgellons disease: Managing a mysterious skin condition. Morgellons disease is mysterious and controversial. Here you'll find answers to common questions about Morgellons disease — and suggestions for coping with it. By Mayo Clinic Staff Morgellons disease is the popular name for an unexplained skin disorder characterized by disfiguring sores and crawling sensations on and under the skin.
Morgellons disease also features fibers or solid materials emerging from these sores. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that Morgellons disease, which they refer to as an unexplained dermopathy, isn't caused by an infection or parasites. CDC experts note that the signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease are very similar to those of a mental illness involving false beliefs about infestation by parasites (delusional parasitosis). What are the signs and symptoms of Morgellons disease?
People who have Morgellons disease report the following signs and symptoms: How widespread is Morgellons disease? NextApr. 11, 2012. Morgellons Disease: What Is It? Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging all over. Some medical experts say Morgellons is a physical illness. Others suggest it is a type of psychosis called "delusional parasitosis," in which a person thinks parasites have infected their skin. Your doctor may call it an "unexplained dermopathy," which means a skin condition that occurs without a known reason. Other medical professionals have dubbed the condition "fiber disease. " Continue reading below... Symptoms of Morgellons Unpleasant skin sensations are the main complaint.
Feeling like bugs are crawling all over the skin. Some patients report thread-like fibers stuck in the skin. People with Morgellons sometimes complain of other symptoms which may include: Treatment of Morgellons There is no known cure for Morgellons. Who Gets Morgellons In the past, few doctors had heard of Morgellons. Morgellons Disease ? | The Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) Manifestations. "The disease has just revealed its purpose. We don't have to worry about contagion anymore. I know what the disease wants. It wants to turn me into something else. " - The Fly Last year, California and Florida. Yesterday: Doctors puzzled over bizarre infection surfacing in South TexasIf diseases like AIDS and bird flu scare you, wait until you hear what's next. Morgellons disease is not yet known to kill, but if you were to get it, you might wish you were dead, as the symptoms are horrible.
"These people will have like beads of sweat but it's black, black and tarry," said Ginger Savely, a nurse practioner in Austin who treats a majority of these patients. Patients get lesions that never heal. Patients say that's the worst symptom — strange fibers that pop out of your skin in different colors. While all of this is going on, it feels like bugs are crawling under your skin. As before, most medical professionals refuse to recognize the disease, calling it instead "Delusional Parasitosis. " Morgellons Disease, Joni Mitchell's Condition: Yes, It's 'Real' Iconic folk singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell was hospitalized Tuesday after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. She has yet to disclose the cause, but Mitchell, 71, has discussed a number of health complaints in recent years, including Morgellons disease -- a mysterious illness that has been the subject of ongoing debate among medical researchers and patients.
People who believe they have Morgellons say it's characterized by an array of skin symptoms, including sores, a crawling sensation either on or under the skin, and what the Mayo Clinic describes as "fiber-like filaments emerging from the sores. " Morgellons is not a medically accepted diagnosis and researchers have not definitively determined where the fibers come from. Some have found evidence that the filaments are merely cotton from clothing or bandages that stick to the wounds, but others suggest the fibers are somehow produced by the body, according to Newsweek. In 2012, the U.S.