Monsters Inside Me - Episode 6
Monsters Inside Me
New Series, Episode 6
Another of my write-ups, as I understood it, after watching Monsters Inside Me aired by Discovery/Animal Planet.
2005 - 16 year old boy
Symptoms: Loss of vision in one eye.
One morning he gets up for school and can’t see properly out of one eye. He can barely see his hand in front of his face. He sees black dot blocking out his vision. His mother takes him to family Optometrist. Optometrist examines his eyes. Optometrist looks in the back of his eye and it’s something Optometrist hasn’t seen before. The back of his eye is filled with blood.
Optometrist isn’t sure what is causing this. He is referred to a Retina Specialist. His mother rushes him there. He is given a full examination on his eye. There is a pocket of heamorrhage. White tracks are seen all over his eye. It looks like something has been crawling across his eye.
Ocular Myiasis is the diagnosis. Fly larvae or maggot is living in his eyeball and feeding off tissue leaving these track marks on his eye. Time is running out. The fly larvae will do damage to the eye and if enough damage is done he could lose the sight in his eye. Surgery is the only answer.
In surgery the doctor is struggling to locate the maggot because of the bleeding. A special tube is used to suck out the excess blood and at last the maggot is located. The doctor removes the parasite but concern is that there is damage to the eye.
They could only wait and see if his eyesight is ok. Only time would tell.
The doctor wonders how the maggot got into the boy’s eye. They ask many questions. Has he come into contact with any flies? The boy remembers walking and a fly entering his eye. They think when the boy removed the fly from his eye it had laid an egg in his eye.
Relief, the boy’s eye had no long-term damage. His eye gets better and his eye vision returns to full 20/20 vision.
He makes a full recovery.
It mentioned that it has been known for maggots to enter the human ear, and can be very dangerous as they can reach the brain.
2006 – Male
Symptoms: Lower back pains, cramps down his legs.
Wife makes an appointment with a Chiropractor. They think his spine is not aligned. Massages are given, he has to do exercise etc. After several months of treatment, he is no better. In fact, he is worse.
He goes to his doctor. He is sent for a scan. Results reveal that his spine is aligned but there is something dark showing up on the scan and they are not sure what it is.
There is a mass on his pelvis. They question tumour? However, there is good news. The doctors do not think the tumour is life threatening. They prescribe him drugs to help with the pain. As the days go by his wife notices that her husband’s condition deteriorates.
One day when wife is at work her husband calls her. He explains he cannot even go to the bathroom. Alarmed by this new symptom she rushes home. She gets home and is horrified by what she finds. He is in agonizing pain. She tries to help carry him to the car and takes him to the hospital.
Once at hospital, doctors insert a catheter. He is also given morphine for the pain. But the morphine is not working. Doctors conclude that the tumour must be growing. They decide to take him to surgery. They need to remove it. Surgeons cut into the area but as they cut into the tumour it ruptures and a strange black fluid seeps out. It is sent to a lab for testing. An Infectious Disease Specialist analysis it.
Echinococcus Granulosus is the diagnosis. It is a tapeworm. The adult tapeworm lives in the small intestine of the dog. It is most common around dogs and also sheep.
Cysts form and they can swell. They are called hydatid cysts. As cysts grow they press against organs and can cause severe pain. If cysts rupture it can be fatal.
Inside the man’s body the cyst has attached itself to his pelvic bone. He is prescribed anti-parasitic drugs. It is believed that he caught the parasite when he was a little boy. They think he drank or ate something contaminated with animal faeces. They think he had this parasite inside him growing for about 25-30 years, since childhood.
Fortunately the drugs start working, shrinking the cyst. He is on the road to recovery. He starts to do physical therapy to gain strength.
He makes a full recovery.
1995 – 9 year old female
Very athletic young girl. Mother takes her to school when her daughter begins to feel unwell. Her stomach hurts and she feels like she wants to throw up. She describes it like as if something is pulling at her insides.
The pains become excruciating. Her pains do not go away. They wonder if she has eaten something that hasn’t agreed with her. Her mother thinks she perhaps has indigestion. She gives her an antacid to help.
Three days later the girl returns to school. She is having her lunch when her stomach starts to trouble her again and the pain is returning. She doesn’t have fever, headache or diarrhea. They notice when she eats, that’s when her stomach troubles begin and the pain gets worse.
She is taken out of school and next morning the girl’s stomach pain is even worse. Her mother again questions what foods she eats.
After 2 more weeks, the girl is in so much pain she can’t get out of bed. Her mother still thinks it is a stomach bug. The little girl begs her mother to take her to the doctor. She visits the doctor. She tells the doctor her symptoms. She describes it like something tearing her insides. A physical examination is given but the doctor can’t find anything wrong with her.
Her mother is advised by the doctor to keep giving the little girl the antacid and put her on a bland diet. As a precaution, the doctors perform stool and urine tests.
Two days later, whilst at home, the phone rings. It’s the doctor. They have found something in her stool sample. She is called back in to the doctor.
Doctors think they have finally diagnosed her crippling stomach pains. The results are that she is suffering from a parasite infection – Giardia Lambia.
This parasite enters the small intestines. It causes painful cramps. It is encased in a cyst. It can be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. It can cause severe diarrhea and severe dehydration too.
It can be very dangerous when it affects youngs children. The young is given drugs to kill the infection.
This parasite begins as a cyst living in fresh water where it is ingested by small mammals. It lays thousands of eggs in water in cyst form. It only takes a few cysts to create a population of thousands. They question arises as to where she had contracted the parasite. The young girl had visited a creek. They think this is where she picked up the parasite.
She responds well to the medication. After 3 days she notices improvement.
The little girl makes a full recovery.
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