Eight Years Later: Morgellons Linked to Lyme?

I think maybe, back when I was seeing patients as a physical therapist, one of them told me about a mysterious condition (their own, a friend’s, a child’s?) that “medicine” was dismissing as “delusional dermatopathy”—an itch all in the heads of apparently some number of people who had sought–and not obtained–help. The CDC had just weighed in on the subject, and at the time (2008) it was given about the same credibility as fibromyalgia.

This morning I was scanning through and culling from more than two thousand saved articles (in Diigo, which I have been using since 2006) and ran across the time period when Morgellons was one of my hot topics. So I wondered what had become of this purported condition? Had it been thoroughly debunked and put to rest or had it become better understood with a basis in medical fact after 8 years?

I can only report that it has not disappeared, and at least one published article (which seems at first glance to be well-done research (but so far only that one article) lends support to Morgellons as a “filamentous borrelial dermatitis.”

And the real hook that might keep me staying on top of this is that Morgellons appears to possibly be linked to the spirochetes that cause Lyme Disease. Know anybody with Lyme that has the symptoms of itchy outbreaks?

There is a vast mythology of misinformation out there about Lyme. Maybe this is just another seemingly-science-backed example of the same. Not sure yet. Just FYI.


Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis | IJGM https://www.dovepress.com/morgellons-disease-a-filamentous-borrelial-dermatitis-peer-reviewed-article-IJGM

Morgellons disease: a filamentous borrelial dermatitis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5072536/

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Don, I would love an explanation as to why Sticker’s research is no good, and also an explanation regarding your link. I have a BS in Bilogy, (from 1964) so I read your aritcle, but I would be grateful is you could compare the two sources, yours and Strickers.