Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye.
Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the singer has complained of a number of health problems, including one particularly unusual ailment: Morgellons disease.
People who believe they have the condition report lesions that don’t heal, “fibers” extruding from their skin and uncomfortable sensations like pins-and-needles tingling or stinging. Sufferers may also report fatigue and problems with short-term memory and concentration.
We have no information (nor should we, really) about why Ms. Mitchell was taken to the hospital. So there is no need to speculate on that. But Morgellon’s is like other disputed diseases such as wifi or electromagnetic hyper sensitivity, they cause real suffering to victims. It can only be endlessly frustrating have a reduced quality of life with no hopeful ideas about the cause of these afflictions.
This report was published here: PLOS ONE: Clinical, Epidemiologic, Histopathologic and Molecular Features of an Unexplained Dermopathy.
The most popular diagnosis appears to be delusional parasitosis. Could this also be a nerve disorder? The condition is very rare, reported in less than 2000 people in the U.S. Some researchers feel that a new approach is needed to find out what may be behind this conditions. But the fact that the rate of the disorder is so low makes targeted research a low priority.