Lyme Disease and its Co-Infections, Morgellons Disease and Parasites
I am Elizabeth Bass and I live in Southeast Texas very close to Galveston and Houston Texas with my companion Millie, a Yorkie. I moved here in March 2018 from Northeast Texas (Longview/Tyler) with a scalp condition that keeps morphing into something else, each time getting worse. It began in May 2016, and here it is 2019 and I still have "it," but I've learned a whole lot I never really wanted to know.
I have no idea what exactly is wrong with me, but because of what I found in July 2018 on my pillow I'm thinking Morgellons because I found the same looking thing someone else had posted and they were talking about Morgellons. I have attached two photos, one close up and the other is the original so you can have an idea of the actual size.
I also have these white sparkly/shiny critters on every inch of my body, especially my hair/scalp, and face/neck. They can only be seen if I take a picture using my camera with the FLASH ON. Otherwise, no one would know there is anything wrong with me.
This was discovered by accident when in May 2016 I got my long hair all cut off. Right after that (about a month) my head started itching in the upper center back. I couldn't see anything in a mirror so I picked up my phone and took a picture. I still couldn't see very well so I turned the flash on. THAT WAS IT!! (I saw more than I wanted to see.) At first I thought I had bed bugs and did everything I could to get rid of them, including lice treatment. Then I started seeing these shiny, sparkly-looking things. I accidentally caught some of them on camera flying around my head. I kept trying everything I could to rid myself of "them," but nothing has worked so far. However, it is now June 2019 and "the condition" only changes (morphs). It never goes away. I have seen 9 dermatologists, 2 derm PAs, 2 internists, and 2 GPs, a total of 16 (maybe more), counting the one I'm with now since "it" began. My hair fell out in that spot, I had lesions where the hair was missing, and when a new lesion would begin it was always itchy, then that hair would fall out, too. My hair grew back, but not quite as thick.
The fever and rash went away, but the achiness and lethargy/fatigue has stayed with me all these years. About a year or two after that fever, and after going to many, many doctors between Shreveport, Dallas, Tyler, and Houston, one of them said I have Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue. I simply took his word for it. I was so very tired of seeing doctors, doing lab work, driving and working a full time, stressful job. I needed a break!
Then in 1999 I lost my left kidney to an oncocytoma (tumor the size of a softball), benign. Lost my gallbladder in 2004, had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists at the same time in 2005. I don't think there's much left. I had already had a thyroidectomy in my 20s (Graves Disease), and a hysterectomy in 1986. Then, the BIGGEST loss of my life…my only child in 2013. I honestly did not think I was going to make it.
I had told every single one of ALL those doctors the story of the high fever and rash and how my GP thought it was Lymes, but lab was negative, and not ONE of them (nor me) simply thought of running another Lyme test until last year 2018. On Sept 18, 2018, my 72nd birthday the results were in and I was at my doctor's office with my sister to get the results. That test came back with all sorts of red flags, 30 years later!
Now I am 72 and the second antibiotic I'm on is not doing anything. After one month on Doxycycline (had to stop because my liver didnt like it) and two months on Clindamycin I haven't noticed anything positive, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening, RIGHT?!!. For some reason she didn't put me on anything else right away after the Doxy. Maybe I had to give my liver time to heal. She never said why, and I forget to ask these questions. I think I am going to simply start feeling POSITIVE about things no matter which way they go!!
UPDATE: I finally found a doctor who 'seems' to want to help me. She ran a Lyme test on my blood and was very excited she could help me which was very encouraging as you can imagine.
I have had Lyme Disease and a co-infection called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (since 1988-1990ish, 30 years ago). I remember it like it was yesterday. I had a high fever, achiness all over like a flu sickness, and a rash. It was not a flu. And the first thing he said to me was, "It looks like Lymes Disease to me!" Unfortunately, the lab report came back negative and neither one of us thought to do another test.
Yet, for some reason, I keep replaying one of my favorite songs in my head, Eric Clapton's, "NO MORE TEARS IN HEAVEN." (It makes me smile because I know I WILL see my son again and be able to talk to him.)
Ever heard of of the song? Check it out. Just Google it and listen.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6287027/ (You have to create a sign in with a password, but it's very simple and it's free.)