Hi Cybercake ~~
Brace yourself for some very bad news when you see the Infectious Disease Specialist! You'll probably leave the doctor's office in a straight-jacket!
My posts on this infuriating subject reveal the real reasons why doctors permanently label/brand/tattoo patients & their medical/insurance records with the "misdiagnosis" of Delusions of Parasitosis (DOP):
DELUSIONAL PARASITOSIS: Medical Misdiagnosis of Parasite Infections ~ http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1592951#i
PARASITIC DISEASES: Ignored In America ~ http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1625158#i
My berserk raging rant is now over!?# You may resume your normal activies (lol).
No Cheers Here ~~ ICU
Yes, I was getting this even from an infectious diseases doctor. Before I had seen the ID doc, all of the stool and blood tests I had requested my GP to get (after a LOT of arguing and scores of visits) had came back negative (I was reading from a "menu" that I had found online listing tests done by a lab in University College London). The first thing the ID doc did before getting the results from any more tests was write back to my GP and suggest psychiatric investigation (bitch!) Thankfully, she still ordered all the remaining blood tests I requested "for my peace of mind" and not because she actually believed my symptoms and was talking to me with an air of contempt. Even more thankfully, I had done my research and had been aggressive and argued enough (after reading the "tranquiliser" advice here to keep fighting -- thanks ICU ;)) to place enough of an element of doubt in her mind that she also consulted a parasitologist at the London Hospital of Tropical Diseases over the phone (I live in the complete opposite end of the UK to London) who suggested a couple of tests for other things that would have to be tested abroad (and which my ID doctor would never have considered herself).
One of these blood tests was for gnathostomiasis which thankfully came back from a lab in Bangkok as positive.
Lesson: while many infectious disease doctors are indeed knowledgeable about parasites (infinitesimally more so than GPs and most gastroenterologists), most don't seem to have knowledge of absolutely every last parasite and will often still instantly jump to a premature conclusion of psychiatric issues. You really need to get input of a dedicated parasitologist to be absolutely sure you don't have worms, as many ID doctors also have much more of their time occupied by other types of infectious disease like HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis etc.