Morgellons Is Not Psychosomatic Illness

Morgellons is not Psychosomatic in nature, yet many healthcare providers choose to approach treating it this way. It’s difficult to imagine in the 21st century, and after multiple studies that demonstrate an infectious etiology, Morgellons patients would be consigned to psychiatric treatment. You may have heard the phrase, “Morgellons is a variant of Ekbom Syndrome”. To be certain, exhaustive research has clearly demonstrated that Morgellons is not a psychosomatic illness. Morgellons patients are in fact experiencing fibers under their skin – regardless of how strange that might seem. So how does a situation like this, where the substantiating research is blatantly ignored, happen?

What is psychosomatic illness?

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Soma is Greek, meaning “body” and psychos is derived from psukhē which roughly translates to mean “breath, soul, mind”. As the combined term implies, psychosomatic is a physical condition caused or made worse by afflictions of the mind. Over recent centuries, Psychodermatology has become a standard practice of medicine in which an individuals’ mental condition is regarded as the best path to achieve dermatological health. Many practitioners claim success…

Why would Morgellons be considered psychosomatic?

This single question could likely be the catalyst for a microbial revolution inside establishment medicine. There are two trains of thought regarding the Morgellons affliction. One side states that Morgellons is a condition where bacteria infect skin cells and cause them to grow collagenous fibers which break through to the surface resulting in ulcerations.

Another side suggests that Morgellons is a delusional state, the ulcerations are in fact lacerations and that the patients are harming themselves out of desperation, or perhaps they are simply exploiting the Morgellons phrase for attention. They claim that patients are obsessed with the worsening state of their skin and are wrapped up in a frenzy of internet self-help groups. The most important thing to note of this view on Morgellons is the stop-gap or safety measure as it may be thought of, that rules out the infected group of patients from the mentally ill. That exclusion criterion is the presence of any pathogen that would cause the patient’s symptoms.

In order to diagnose primary DI, true parasitic infestation, as well as coexisting psychiatric or organic conditions, should be excluded. Initial assessments should include a mental state examination, full blood count and chemistry panel, thyroid-function test, urinalysis, and urine toxicology. Other investigations for consideration include: B12/folate, computed tomography brain scan, and microbiology of tissue samples. Psychiatry and dermatology should be consulted if indicated.

Delusional infestation: are you being bugged?

Surely the utmost attention is reserved for preventing wrongful treatment and medication stemming from misdiagnosis?

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In the case of Morgellons, the symptoms are actually so strange and abnormal that they are often excluded and dismissed as planted material. But how could patients plant fibers produced of human collagen on themselves? Of perhaps greater concern, why didn’t the FBI crime lab in Tulsa have any of these supposedly man-made collagenous threads in its database of all known fibers? If the patients bought those fibers to plant they would surely be included in that database. Where are patients getting these fibers and how are they getting them underneath their skin?

How can bacteria make fibers?

Both sides have the science to demonstrate their hypothesis, but only the filamentous borrelial dermatitis studies address the distinctive physical manifestation of bacterial infection that adequately explains the Morgellons condition. So well do these studies demonstrate these facts that they are being repeated in other research facilities across the world.

The present study demonstrates Morgellons filaments that clearly originate from a layer of pavement epithelial cells visibly held together by desmosomes (Figure 2). The predominant cells found in pavement epithelial tissue are keratinocytes. We also noted MD fibers that clearly originate from the inner root sheaths of hair follicles (Figures 2-4), and keratinocytes are the predominant cell type in this tissue. Keratinocytes produce the biofiber keratin. A cross section of BDD filaments likewise demonstrates filament origin from cells beneath the stratum corneum (Figure 5), consistent with descriptions in the literature of growth from keratinocytes [14,19]. Thus MD filaments and BDD filaments appear to be similar in formation at the cellular level, both originating from keratinocytes in the stratum spinosum or stratum basale. MD differs from BDD, however, in that MD filaments appear to originate from follicular keratinocytes as well as epidermal keratinocytes. Both MD filaments and BDD filaments fluoresce in UV light (Figures 2-5). We have also shown for the first time that MD filaments contain keratin (Figure 6), and keratin staining was positive using a “pankeratin” monoclonal antibody but negative with a more restricted keratin ligand. This observation indicates that the fibers originate from specific tissues that require further characterization.

Morgellons Disease: A Chemical and Light Microscopic Study

Further evidence was needed however to solidify a correlation with the bacteria:

Histological sections of MD dermatological tissue reacted with anti-Bb immunostain in 19/19 of the dermatological specimens submitted for histological examination. Motile Borrelia spirochetes were cultured in medium inoculated with skin scrapings from 4 patients, thus demonstrating that Borrelia spirochetes in MD lesions are viable. Borrelia spirochetes were also detected in blood cultures from some MD patients in our study, confirming systemic Lyme borreliosis. Spirochetes characterized as strains of Borrelia were detected by PCR and/or in situ DNA hybridization in tissue or culture specimens from 24/25 patients; 15 of these patients had Borrelia gene products detected in dermatological specimens and/or skin cultures taken from MD lesions, and DNA amplicons from 14 patients were sequenced and confirmed to be Borrelia strains. Vaginal secretions from four patients were cultured, and three isolates were identified as Borrelia strains by PCR and in situ DNA hybridization.

Exploring the association between Morgellons disease and Lyme disease: identification of Borrelia burgdorferi in Morgellons disease patients

Correlation achieved, but where’s the missing piece? Recent research may shed some light on the phenomenon where Borrelia bacteria stimulate collagen production to achieve Morgellons symptoms:

Both Borrelia species BB and BA are associated with similar morphologic changes. However, the role of the genospecies-specific immune response has not been studied in detail. In the recent past, human dermal fibroblasts co-cultured with the three main B. burgdorferi sensu lato species showed a homogenous inflammatory gene profile with similar transcriptional profiles and no species-specific fingerprint of transcriptional changes in fibroblasts, including a common core of chemokines/cytokines and interferon-related genes [30].

We found a considerable upregulation of TGF-β mRNA synthesis in fibroblasts co-cultured with BA, resulting in a fourfold increase of collagen type I mRNA and a 1.8-fold increase after exposure to BB compared to control fibroblasts.

The distribution of collagens I and III in the skin varies in the different skin layers with substantial differences in expression of mRNA for type I and III procollagen [4]. In morphea, fibroblast cell lines produced increased amounts of type I and type III collagens, but the ratios of type I and type III collagens remained relatively unchanged in all the cultures, suggesting that they have undergone a coordinated activation of collagen synthesis at transcriptional level [47].

Co-culture of human fibroblasts and Borrelia burgdorferi enhances collagen and growth factor mRNA

Causation? Many would argue it’s definitive at this point.

Morgellons is not Psychosomatic

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Morgellons is now a condition that can be ruled out towards diagnosis, an appropriate diagnosis that doesn’t medicate the symptoms while neglecting the cause. But can mental illness correlate with Morgellons disease? In fact, Borrelia bacteria has been demonstrated to cause the same mental illnesses many Morgellons patients simultaneously experience along with their physical symptoms:

Patients with late-stage Lyme disease may present with a variety of neurological and psychiatric problems, ranging from mild to severe: memory impairment or loss (“brain fog”), dyslexia and word-finding problems, visual/spatial processing impairment (trouble finding things, getting lost), slowed processing of information, psychosis, seizures, violent behavior, irritability, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, rapid mood swings that may mimic bipolarity (mania/depression), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), sleep disorders , ADD/ADHD-like syndrome, autism-like syndrome.

The Connection Between Lyme Disease and Psychiatric Disorders
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Asking a Morgellons patient to trust a psychiatrist or psychotherapist after being repeatedly misdiagnosed is likely outside the boundaries of their comfort zone. But as Morgellons patients’ physical symptoms are addressed in an appropriate manner being guided by their health care provider, the patient may decide for themselves to engage in this beneficial resource. Surely the years of ostracism, neglect and consistent mischaracterization is something we’d all feel better getting off our chest… someday.

9 thoughts on “Morgellons Is Not Psychosomatic Illness”

  1. I hope doctors look at the cyst or root knot nematode and rule it out. It is made of collagen and protein. I have seen it under my skin using a microscope. It explains a lot of symptoms. They are drawn to water. It isn’t hard to find after a shower late at night.

    • Hey Amy! Nematodes are small micrsoscopic worms, the collagen protien however could be caused by an increase in production by the cells that make it. That’s what recent research is demonstrating anyways. Thanks for making time to stop by and comment!

  2. Jeremy, I have video and pictures of a cyst like nematode. I am not a conspiracy theorist however something stinks. I was diagnosed today as having a nematode infection by the Dr who diagnosed Morgellons after battling Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia, I am also positive for Mycoplasma. Bartonella is interesting because it is similar as agrobacterium in transfer of DNA which would allow a jump in species. I am not trying to discredit the research on Morgellons however, this is something that needs to be looked at. Especially, when antihelmetic drugs relieve symptoms. I have pictures and video of something similar to a cyst like nematode. If you look at the way these nematodes use protein it is not a far fetched theory.

  3. “GMO plants contain NO Agrobacterium-specific sequences (except for several nucleotides that remain from the T-DNA borders after integration) and thus cannot serve a sources of any bacterial factors or effects.

    The bottom line is that we found no DNA of Agrobacterium that is involved in genetic transformation in the patient samples. Also vast experience of thousands of people working with Agrobacterium every day shows no pathogenic effects. Finally based on the well known Agrobacterium biology there is no biological pathway that it has that can be even envisioned to produce morgellons symptoms.”
    Dr. Vitaly Citovsky https://www.morgellonssurvey.org/information/the-exploitation-of-morgellons/

  4. I agree with Amy almost completely. I am not a conspiracy theorist either. I respect the research and it has given me great comfort and relief, as there was a time when I was almost believing I was crazy and causing my own problem…mainly due to the fact that my family is about 2 more microscopic pictures of insect/worm-like things away from doing an intervention. I feel very alone and backed into a corner, and that is a dangerous place to be. I cannot give back the information I’ve acquired or under the things I’ve seen come from pretty deep inside my own body. I have this thing and I can’t change that, as much as my family believes I can with a little therapy. But anyway, I never heard of the root nematode until reading Amy’s post. Naturally I looked it up and I got chills when I saw a certain photo due to some very specific and detailed characteristics that perfectly match what I’ve seem under the microscope from my skin. I wish photos could be posted here because I am dying to put the 2 photos against each other on here! Up until this moment, I have stayed faithful to the research and what we have evidence to support is the truth, almost willing to ignore what I’ve extracted from multiple lesions. I would love to show you if you’d like to take a look just to humor me! Like Amy said, I totally believe in the research that indicates the filaments/artifacts are composed of collagen/keratin and are completely inanimate objects, BUT my gut is telling me that more will be revealed in time. I have no clue what that might be, as I try not to play doctor or scientist.

  5. This is my question. I can’t find a doctor that will even admit I have anything other than menapausal acne, which is most definitely not the case. I’ve been suffering for over 2 years ( that is the lesians) but when I think back, all those things I’ve over looked or dismissed as strange in my body were actually the onset of Morgellons, & I’m so very afraid of our outcome, especially when they know we have something strange, we know it’s not delusional ( my God, they act as if we didn’t think of everything it could be before we couldn’t deny something terribly wrong & we know what’s normal in our own bodies) & as I try to be calm when being dismissed, I just am baffled on why any doctor won’t day to me, ” gee, this is very strange, let’s look into it together to get to the bottom of this, so that we can treat you properly” bit they don’t. They just get closed lip & look right thru me & hope I won’t argue with them & leave quickly. They don’t want to discuss anything & give me they same ointment. What scares me is WHY? Why is it taboo? Why is everyone so brainwashed over it & why won’t anyone believe our REAL problem? Is the outcome that bad, & no one wants blame as we are treated as lepors? I try to research, I take suggestions & things work for a minute & then they don’t or the symptoms change up for a minute. Nothing stays they same except the unexpected & inconsistent. I don’t know what is real information & what is loony research, it goes so extreme. I’m a realist & I don’t panic but I’m scared & alone. I have need cal and nsurance they medi – Cal so I can’t afford a specialist bit my primary made me wait almost a year just to see the first dermatologist, & that’s only because my lesions had gotten do bad, then I had an 8 mo waiting list only to be told, I’m causing it, he even suggested that I tape my hands at night so I don’t do this to my face. I’m treated as if I’m a child that hasn’t anu control & that I’m just crazy. My family watched to see if I’m washing my hands when I’m visiting, they won’t touch what I touch. So, I’m crazy but in case it’s real they don’t want to catch it. I don’t know much about my own disease because I can’t get the facts on what I have. My boss even asked me if i diagnosed myself or if a decision ctir told me. Again, as if I can’t tell what is my problem & I want attention no body treats me the same, I look do bad, I can’t remember things, I’ve lost 5 phones in 4 months, but doctor days I don’t have anything wrong. I do have something seriously wrong & if I’m gonna die, if just like to know what I’m dying if, if I can prevent anything, what is outcome, or maybe just someone to recognize that I’m actually sick m it’s ad if we have this forbidden disease that everyone whispers about, but no one will take me seriius, & it’s my life. I’m so different, i no longer have confidence in myself due to my peers treating me as if I don’t matter, & not mattering us so very bad for the soul. I hate crying alone – it seems it’s all I do now. My life feels as if it’s come to an end & I can’t stand feeling like this & I’m alone, so absolutely alone in this nightmare. Why won’t anyone help us? What do they know that we don’t? Don’t we deserve that. Us it gonna be like agent orange chicken s responsibility & only after mist are dead it dying. I mean they only had to pay out very little because that was all that was left when they finally admitted responsibility.

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