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My story is utterly bizarre but true, I'll try to keep it brief.
After suffering pinworm infections for the past 20 years on and off, trying everything and nothing worked, I was finally prescribed anti depressants after admitting to the doctor that I had only ever felt them but not seen them, and my symptoms dissapeared almost overnight, so now you might be thinking I never really had them, but I know I did, because at first I took mebenzadole and the symptoms cleared up, but they kept coming back, and now I'll never know if I was getting repeatedly infected or if at some stage they became phantom worms, and the reason I'll never know, is the total reality of my symptoms, i.e recognising the larger females, their exact location, if there was more than one, if there were newly hatched larva and where they were, if they were 'biting' in inside my rectum, and my ability to wash / scratch the itch away, and control the severity of the itching by eliminating sugar and carbohydrates, not to mention all other remedies found on this and other sites.
Obviously if you have actually seen the worms and can present them to a G P then this is not for you, as you will have them for real, but my resistance to believing these were not in my mind kept me suffering for 2 misarable decades, when I did open up my eyes to the possibility, I read about delusional parasitosis, apparently it affects older white women, don't ask me why, but it's worth exploring, anyway I fit the bill, and as if that weren't nut's enough in itself, after several years being free I got the symptoms again, and it took me 1 and a half years to go back to the doctor again, because, again, I believed I had them for real, due to eating with my hands after stroking an animal, and still being on the antidepressants ruled out the phantom theory.
By the way, I am anything but depressed, I have a wonderful life, but I did suffer a major trauma around the time of my first infection, I don't know if this has any bearing on it or not, but anyway,
SO, for the 2nd time, the antidepressants worked after I upped the dose for 1 week, I just wished I had gone to the GP sooner.
I just also want to add to the lady who felt worms coming out of her eyes, I'm not a doctor, and it may be you actually had worm eggs on your pillow or hands hatching, although I'm not sure of the likelihood of that, but to you, and to anyone else reading this, in the interests of eliminating every possibility, it might be worth discussing this with your GP, utter depsparation eventually got me there, and desperate people will try anything, so why not this? I really hope this helps someone out there like me, and I'd die of shame if anyone I knew found out who I was, but I had to send this message of hope out and hope it works.
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