Monsters Inside Me - New Series - Bacteria, Mold and Fungus - Post 2
Another write-up, as I understood the programme, after watching the new series Monsters Inside Me aired by Discovery/Animal Planet.
Monsters Inside Me - Post 2
Case 1 - Young Boy - North Carolina
The family spend a day at a lake. The children are having a whale of a time diving and playing in the water.
Around 2am in the morning the boy awakes. He isn’t feeling well. He feels hot and feels a strange sensation in his nose. He has a high fever and his temperature is 103.6. His mother takes him to hospital. His blood pressure and temperature are checked. The doctors look inside his nose, they see inflammation. The doctors don’t appear overly concerned. He is given antibiotics and sent home.
For three days he pretty much has to lay down, still feeling unwell. His mother notices a new cause for concern. His nose and left eye begins to swell and looks puffy. The swelling continues. He then tells his mum he has a very strange sensation. He says his teeth are moving! He rubs his tongue over his teeth and says his teeth are definitely moving. His mother takes him back to hospital. A probe is inserted in his nose but the doctors don’t see anything.
He stays in hospital. Serious swelling is seen in his gums. His teeth ARE beginning to shift. His teeth are pointing almost sideways. The doctors focus tests on the boy’s mouth. X-rays are taken. The doctor is able to wiggle a tooth and it falls out! The tooth looks fine but the doctors aren’t sure what they are dealing with. What is destroying the boy’s face? A biopsy is taken of the boy’s gum tissue. The boy is in so much pain. The doctors send the tissue away for testing. They await the results. His mother notices small black spots in the tissue around the swelling. It becomes more dense, more spots appear and it appears to be dying flesh. Something is eating away at the boy’s face!
The doctors are forced to take drastic steps. He is flown at midnight by helicopter to a specialist unit. He is extremely ill, his pulse is very rapid. They describe it as septic shock, he could die. It is a life or death situation.
Now his nose is beginning to turn black. The surgeon slices out the dead tissue. A mass of decaying flesh is cut away. He now has five teeth missing! When the boy comes out of surgery, he is still not out of the woods. The doctors suspect a flesh eating bacteria. To have a chance of killing the bacteria, the doctors must find out which kind of bacteria. There was evidence the bacteria was in his lungs and there was a possibility it had made its way to the boy’s brain.
Tests confirm Chromobacterium is the cause. It targets the soft flesh beneath the skin. The bacteria release chemicals which are like poison. The skin/flesh die and begin to turn black.
The boy’s immune system is extremely weakened. To save the boy’s life, doctors give the boy a cocktail of antibiotics. Slowly the drugs begin to work and the boy begins to improve. After four days they realise he is on the mend and is going to survive. One week later the boy is released from hospital. The bacteria is gone but he is left with permanent scarring.
How the boy became infected, they’re not entirely sure. It then dawns on them that their recent family visit to the lake could be the source as this bacteria has been found in lakes before. Doctors think that whilst the boy was playing in the lake, he perhaps had scraped his nose and somehow the bacteria got in that way.
This bacteria came to light in 1927. Half of cases found are fatal. It is an extremely rare bacteria.
Case 2 - Newlywed Model - Georgia
A year after she weds, she gives birth to a baby girl. After the birth she finds it painful to breastfeed her new baby. It hurts so bad, she struggles to tolerate the pain. One day when she is feeding her baby, she looks down and sees blood. Blood is around the baby’s mouth. She panics. She takes the baby to her doctor. The doctor diagnoses the mother as suffering with mastitis. It causes pain and discharge. The doctor doesn’t seem overly concerned and prescribes her an antibiotic. The mastitis clears up fairly quickly but she never feels she really regains the same energy levels she had before. She begins to have low grade fevers and headaches. She feels depressed, lacks energy and just doesn’t feel herself.
She is on a treadmill. She begins to feel tingling in her legs and also pain in her arm. She also feels heaviness in her chest, it feels scratchy and itchy. She can’t figure out what is wrong. She goes back to her doctor. She describes the pain, numbness in her arms, legs and also the fatigue. The doctor questions Fibromyalgia. Burning pain and numbness in joints are symptoms as well as anxiety and depression.
Months drag by and her symptoms continue. It is tearing her and her family apart. Her husband doesn’t understand and even he begins to question whether it’s all in her head. He feels helpless and her illness is causing them to row.
She feels she is losing the support of her husband. She feels so alone. Doubts of others are having a big effect on her also. She is sick of fighting. She even says she doesn’t want to live anymore. She seriously considers taking her own life. That’s how bad she feels.
One night when she goes to bed, she hears a voice in her head telling her that it is her breast implants that are to blame and to get them removed! (Due to her modelling career, she had implants years ago.) When she hears the voice telling her it’s her implants causing her ill-health, she describes the voice as being SO real it was like God was talking to her.
She sees a plastic surgeon where she describes her symptoms. The surgeon immediately identifies with her. The surgeon tells her of other patients suffering similar symptoms due to their implants.
She decides to have her implants removed. After surgery, when she wakes up she is told by the surgeon that when the implants were removed they were BLACK in colour!
On hearing this her husband feels extremely guilty for not believing her and now understands why she felt so sick for so long. The implants had been poisoning her for many months.
The implants are sent for analysis. Aspergillus Niger was found in the implants. It is a fungus. Toxins are released and they poison the body. (This type of fungus is common in bathrooms. It can be found around sealants in bathtubs etc.) The mold can cause breathing difficulties and lung disease.
The mold was actually found to be floating in her implants. Her implants had turned black and the mold was floating inside.
How did it find its way into the implants in the first place?
She is put on a rigorous antifungal medication. It takes her 4-6 weeks before she feels normal again.
Case 3 - 19 Year Old Young Female - Minnesota
She is on a break from her studies and is visiting her parents.
The time has come for her to return to campus for her studies. Before she leaves, she tells her mother that she is feeling tightish pains in her chest.
On her journey back to campus, she is having trouble breathing. When she takes a breath it hurts. She is doubled over in pain. Two hours later she reaches campus. She is near collapse. She is rushed to the local hospital where an x-ray and ECG is taken. The doctor return two hours later with the results.
Walking pneumonia is suspected. Lungs can fill with fluid, starving the body of oxygen. Doctors prescribe antibiotics and release her from hospital. When she returns home to campus she is still in pain. Even the slightest movement causes pain. After two days the antibiotics are still not easing her pain. Though still feeling unwell she returns to her studies and struggles on.
One day when she is leaving class she is breathless and is struggling to walk. She struggles on like this for six more days. Every gasp of breath causes her pain. She calls her mother and begs her to come get her. Her mother takes her to hospital. Doctors take more x-rays. They scan her chest. The pneumonia has spread to both her lungs. This scares her because she is on medication and questions why she isn’t improving.
A lung disease expert takes over her case. She is in a critical condition. Her breathing is laboured. Her life is most certainly in danger. Blood, urine an sputum tests are taken. Finally it is revealed. The danger is not a bacteria (though it resembles a bacterial pneumonia). It is a fungus. It is called Blastomycosis. Spores are inhaled into the lungs. She is slowly being suffocated by these spores.
She could die of respiratory failure. The doctors have to put her into a coma. She is put on support as she isn’t breathing on her own. The girl’s medication is changed and she is treated with anti-fungal medications which are fed through. Slowly but surely they begin to see improvement. After one week doctors are confident she is going to pull through. The infection is now in retreat and her lungs begin to repair. She makes a full recovery.
She had visited a river for a biology lesson. Was this the source? Damp conditions are just the ideal place for this type of fungal spores to be present.
This fungus can lie undetected in the lungs for months and can take over the body within weeks. Fungus and bacteria are not the same, their biology are different. Antibiotics are used for certain bacterial infections but won’t kill fungus.
For more information, you can refer http://www.omicsonline.org/jbphome.php
Thanks for the link -- a good reference for folks to do research.
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That is great news about your daughter. Please keep us posted. I agree, first-hand experience is everything!
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