Singer Joni Mitchell has recently announced that she is suffering from Morgellons disease. This is probably one of the strangest diseases in existence. Symptoms of the disease are:
■ Fibers, threads or black stringy material in and on the skin
■ Skin rashes or sores that can cause intense itching
■ Crawling sensations on and under the skin, often compared to insects moving, stinging or biting
■ Inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss
■ Behavioral changes
■ Joint pain
■ Vision changes
Stringy material in the skin? Oh, yuck...
The Center for Disease Control is conducting an epidemiological investigation of the condition, otherwise known as an "unexplained dermopathy". Most doctors and psychiatrists regard it as a delusinal parasitosis. Either way, it's a really creepy disease, but I am personally skeptical that this is a true disease. I think it is probably a manifestation of a psychosomatic disorder. However, I am not a doctor so I am not qualified to make any judgment about Morgellons etiology. Adults and Children are equally affected by the disease, and it appears to be recorded as far back as the 1600s.
Has anyone else heard of this strange condition?