“What is this worm in my head and where can I get blood work done?” asks this reader in her submission. “Doctors have me as delusional parasites. You can see it’s a worm. It has been two years. Thank you.” Our reader has not attached any photos with her query, which makes it impossible for us to know what “worm” she is referring to that we should be able to “see”. Nonetheless, we would unfortunately not be able to answer her first question with regard to the worm’s identity. This is because our reader has made it clear that this is a medical situation which she desires medical help with. As we are not medical professionals, this is not a service we are qualified, or legally able, to provide. Even giving a suggestion as to what the worm might be could be misconstrued as a diagnosis.
With that said, we can answer our reader’s second question, and point her in the direction of some professionals who will be qualified and able to provide the answers she is looking for. Blood work can be done at most clinics and hospitals, but when it comes to concerns about worms in one’s body, we always recommend that our readers consult a medical parasitologist, rather than their primary care doctor. This is because, unlike a primary care doctor, medical parasitologists are specifically trained to deal with medical concerns posed by organisms that are entering and coming from the human body. On top of that, they too do blood work, as there are some parasitic infections that one can detect in blood.
Additionally, our reader states that her “doctors have [her] as delusional parasites”, by which we assume she means that her doctors diagnosed her with delusional parasitosis: a mental condition that causes one to believe they have parasites when there none physically present. This is another concern that a medical parasitologist could address; if they physically detect parasites, then that confirms that the problem is not based in delusion. However, if the parasitologist concludes that there are no parasites present, then it might encourage our reader to instead seek the help of a psychologist, who would then be able to confirm if she is indeed suffering from delusional parasitosis.
In any case, what we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in their 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.
We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help!
To conclude, we are unfortunately not qualified or able to identify the organism in our reader’s head, though we hope that the resources listed will guide her to a medical professional who will be able to answer that question, and who will be able to perform the blood work she wishes to have done. We hope this article helps, and we wish her the very best.