The following is the very reason for the existence of this blog. I encountered the subject in my practice some time ago. It appears as fiction or as a possible manifestation of a mental illness, but it indeed happened and is real in the sense that it occurred in the real world as we physically experience it, not in the realm of the imaginary. I have not come across any similar cases except for some similarity to the arising Morgellon’s disease, Restless leg syndrome, or ringworm infections. The common diagnosis by mainstream medicine seems to be “delusional parasitosis”.
The subject had travelled to Brazil where after living there for some time ate some meat after which he became ill. He had immediate diarrhea and his leg began to twitch quite a bit. Eventually he was a diagnosed with a bacterial infection which was cured through the use of various pharmaceutical drugs (many), but the twitching continued and spread throughout his body into the various muscle groups. They continued to worsen over the course of years till they were present everywhere in his body. No obvious etiology was found and tests for neurological diseases also turned up negative. After 5 years they became somewhat infrequent but digestive problems continued. Six years after the incident the subject was running and after running for a mile or so, felt as if something was moving in the back of his head. His hands would also go numb from time to time. The subject also noticed a strange white like sand substance that was present in his pores the seemed similar to sand, which caused scarring on his face. With the previous mention of such problems the subject looked up alternative medicine on the internet and read about liver cleanses involving lemon juice and olive oil and Epsom salt.
That night he mixed them together and drank the mixture. Upon doing this he lay down and felt things moving in him which progressed from small movements to crawling sensations all over his body. It was if, as he explains it, “there were bugs crawling all over my skin”, but nothing was present on the surface. Upon rising the next day, the process continued and worsened still. He also began to experience a tightness in his cranium. It felt as though his cranial plates (the skull is made up of various “plates”) were actually noticeably moving and rearranging themselves. At times the movement would stop and he would begin to feel pain in his head and see auras around lights which would subside quickly and sometimes with a jerk, as if a blockage had developed and released. Eventually the tightness continued to the point he began to have a pressure headache that made his head feel as if it was being constantly bound and pulled down with a cord or rope. He also began to have the rather intense feeling of sand moving through the bottom of his feet in a type of swirling vortex on both soles. This all progressed to the point where the patient became convinced worms were crawling in him and could not sleep until he overcame this remaining awake for 78 hours straight one time.
The patient began adjusting to the sensations which have stayed with him for the past4 years. He has had intermittent ring worm which appears and disappears on his inner thigh from time to time. This occurs despite his use of topical anti-fungals. He has also noticed small raised bumps on the bottoms and sides of his feet which itch, also developing athletes foot. Sections of the bottoms of his feet also became rough, dry, and cracked. After undergoing acupuncture with the use of herbs he noticed some improvement in this, but had to discontinue due to the cost. Eventually he began noticing the greatest improvement after taking a homeopathic remedy for 3 months. The small red raised bumps would become brown crack open and disappear revealing new skin. The itchiness began to go away. The ring worm got worse before it got better. The crawling sensation still continues and he continues his use of the homeopathic remedy to see if it also has an effect.
Perhaps one of the interesting aspects of this case is his observations in metaphysics and alternative medicine to himself. Reading about enlightenment among the yogis you can find references to Kundulini and something moving up the base of the spine and coming out of the sutures of the skill (I would not recommend moving your own chi around or forcing kundalini or anything else as the risk of going insane is documented). Also while in the library one day, reading about acupuncture for the first time, he noticed the crawling sensation and “flow” of things actually moved in accordance with acupuncture points.
I theorize (as is explained elsewhere in this blog) the emergence of these diseases is the physical sensation of parasites (very small), fungus, and yeasts, in the lymphatic system of the individual. The compression of the cranial plates is the response of the body in an attempt to remove the pathogens. Compression of the cranial plates may facilitate this, which is why lying down with putting your head down may be a good idea, and also why sleeping may aid you in your immunity.
This viewpoint will be scoffed at by a person trained in the classical sciences with no other exposure because of the emphasis on the importance of individual chemicals and their singular arise. An alternative viewpoint and more expansive view is simple actions yeild many and multiple effects (chemicals). Exercise is an example.
The simple motions involved in movement and repetitive motion yield multiple chemicals. The general public is often taught that good feeling you have is because of endorphins, as if the only reason you feel good is because of the single action of a single chemical. Your body is constantly abuzz and the simplest of action keeps it that way with thousands and thousands of chemical interactions. So what do I propose? Wholism rather than reductionism.
Of course my theories here are generalities and simplicities, but they are meant to be.
Ok. Maybe someday, eons, and eons, hence, when search engines actually work like they should, this page will be archived and of use to somebody out there. Go google bot, go.