“Why is no one in the medical community helping us?” asks this reader in their submission regarding parasitic worms. Before we include the rest of their submission, we must preface by stating that this reader submitted this information to be shared with others. As always, it is very important to understand that All About Worms are not medical professionals and so are unable to make diagnoses or provide an opinion related to any human symptom or condition. Everything contained in this post is something provided by a reader who is also not a medical professional, and who cannot render a diagnosis, and who shared his story for anecdotal and research purposes only. For this reason we have put together a resource with the contact information of physicians and clinics who are qualified to help diagnose and treat situations like this, and who have medical expertise in these sorts of issues. You can find that resource here: https://www.allaboutworms.com/get-medical-attention-and-tests-for-parasites
Now, here is our reader’s story: “I’m not a doctor or have any profession that is parasite-related. I researched for eight years. The reason why no one knows about these things, especially doctors, is a mystery to me. I have been throwing them up for eight years, four to five hours a day. Their image is burned into my brain. Maybe that’s how I matched them online. They aren’t even on the list of worms on this site.”
“They are called Acanthocephala, AKA spiny-headed worms, or thorny-headed worms. Look them up. There are so many species. But the giveaway is their long proboscis, armed with spines. But it can go in and out of its body like a turtle: its body is a sheath, kind of like a thin shell. It can be rubbery or hard when out of the body. There are some species that can infect humans. There are cases. But they hide very well. Their bodies, when wet, can turn into a thin, transparent layer on the skin or in the body, but adults attach to small intestine walls with their tiny hooks. You don’t have to take my word for it. Research it. Why hasn’t the government stepped in yet?”
Again, we must stress to our other readers that this reader is not a medical professional, and so whatever they describe is only their experience and conjecture. It does not necessarily apply to anyone else, and none of these descriptions should be construed as medical advice. As we stated previously, consulting a medical professional is always the best way to go. Of course, we understand that many of our readers have not received the help they desired from their primary care doctors, and that is because they usually do not receive training in this area. But that does not mean that the medical community as a whole does not care about victims of parasitic infections. Medical parasitologists are physicians who specialize in this area and are dedicated to helping those suffering from parasitic infections. If anyone has concerns or questions about parasites, we urge them to consult the resource listed above to get the help they want/need.
To conclude, we sympathize with our reader and their long battle with this issue. We hope that they find the help they seek, and we hope the resource aids them in that search. We wish them the very best!