“Are there instances where a worm can be big enough for you to feel them traveling through your body?” this reader asks in relation to a medical issue he has been suffering from. After discovering “several lumps all over [his] back”, our reader is concerned that he is experiencing an “infestation” and asks that we help him.
To start off with, we must state that we will help in any way that we can, but we cannot provide any direct advice as to how to treat these lumps, nor can we confirm if this is an infestation or not. This is because this type of information can only be provided by a qualified, medical professional. Our reader mentions that he did receive medical attention from paramedics, but they “concluded that it was either an allergic reaction to something or possibly bed bug bites”. However, this answer did not “add up” for our reader as he has never had bed bugs. Similarly, our reader thought at first that this might be “back acne”, but rules that out as well after poking and prodding at the lumps. “Upon applying pressure,” our reader felt like “they were literally scattering inside” of him. Following this, he “immediately felt pressure from [his] arms to [his] toes” and his breathing became more labored.
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Now, instead of consulting paramedics or his GP, we instead suggest that our reader consult an infectious disease physician, as they specialize in infestations of the body by organisms, fungi or bacteria. What we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following: 1) Search for a medical parasitologist in his area using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory. 2) Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”. 3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting.com. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
Lastly, to answer our reader’s first question of whether or not there are instances in which “a worm can be big enough for” one “to feel them traveling” through one’s body. We cannot answer this with any degree of certainty, as we think this would also be up to the professionals to answer. What we will say is that other readers of ours who have believed they were infested by some type of organism have reported being able to feel the organisms moving throughout their bodies. Whether or not that has to do with the size of the organism, we cannot say, but we hope this answers our reader’s question to some degree.
In conclusion, we are unfortunately not qualified to say whether or not the lumps on our reader’s back are a sign of infestation or not. We urge that our reader consult an infectious disease physician if he is not happy with the advice given by the paramedics. In that case, we hope the resources listed above come to use and that our reader gets the answers he is looking for soon enough!
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