Woman’s Headache Turns Out to Be Flesh-Eating Maggots in Horror Story of the Summer (VIDEO)

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It's these kinds of stories that make me want to plan my next vacation ... at home. A 27-year-old woman from the U.K. went on the trip of a lifetime with her boyfriend to Peru, but on the plane trip home, she began experiencing headaches. Soon, she had shooting pains in her face and was hearing a "scratching" sound inside of her head. At first, doctors thought she had an ear infection. However, she was referred to a specialist to make certain. That's when they discovered the stuff that nightmares are made of. The woman, Rochelle Harris, didn't have just any old ear problem. She had ... maggots in her ear! And they'd set up shop deep within her ear canal. Shudder shudder shuuuuudder.

Rochelle had remembered walking through a swarm of flies while in Peru, but when one landed on her ear, she simply waved it off and thought no more about it.

Until the headaches. And the shooting pains.

And the scratching noises. Yiiiiiiikes.

Luckily, the specialist was able to locate the maggots and eventually determine that the eight of them, big old suckers, had hatched inside of her ear drum, and drilled a hole into her ear canal.

If the critters reached her brain, they could cause meningitis, or internal bleeding, or even facial paralysis. Oh my god, my head is a little scratchy right now. Dandruff? MAGGOTS?!

Docs tried flushing the creatures out with olive oil and then left Rochelle with her new pals for the evening. She said:

It was longest few hours of my life. I just wanted them out of me and now I knew what was causing the sensations and sounds, it made it all the worse.

The next day, Rochelle was sedated and the maggots removed. It was also determined that, thankfully, they had not yet reached her brain. WHEW.

This isn't the first time I've heard about this type of thing. One woman I read about had worms that had burrowed into her brain -- but doctors kept thinking her complaints of feeling itching inside her skull was a psychological problem. Finally, one doc believed her yammering that something was in her brain and discovered the worms just under her skull.

Just goes to show, if there is something off with your brain, don't let so-called experts tell you there's nothing wrong. Keep going until you find a doctor who will examine you thoroughly.

This is so skeevy I don't know if I'm ever leaving the house again.

Have you ever had anything burrow under your skin?

Image via Discovery Channel

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nekoy... nekoyukidoll

I had ringworm when I was younger (I got it from playing with barn cats) and luckily it wasn''t near as bad as this.

AJ-47 AJ-47

I'm permanently creeped out. *scratches head furiously* I feel so itchy and gross after reading this!


Before reading this article, I feared flies--practically ran from them...I became a hurky-jerky blob of spasms if they landed on me...and if they landed on anything that I wanted to eat, into the trash it went.  Now, I have another reason to run from them...shudder, shudder...ewwwwwww!

nonmember avatar Nichole

@nekoyukidoll, ring worms are not really "worms" its just a fungal infection....

10ldm0m 10ldm0m

Ticks are bad around Ohio. When I was 5 I had one buried in the crown of my head. I had to go to the ER to get it removed. At bad camp every year i would chiggers those things itch.

celtwtch celtwtch

My son went with his youth group on a mission trip to Brazil and brought back a giant beetle and a bot fly that had layed it.s egg in my but I had to cut the thing out by opening it breathing hole.

Jewel Rowlands Cowart

OMGoshhhhhhhhhh aaaaa he worst story ever!! no ringowrm isnt a worm LOL ticks are annoying still have a scar from one but chiggers ohhhhh they go under the skin and lay eggs. So creeped me out having those.  but THIS totally makes all the other things seem no biggie

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

eh, couldn't remember if it was or not, it happened over twenty some odd years ago so i just recall itching, pain and being teased for having it.  Come to think of it, I had a tick once too that cuased swollen limp nodes once.  of course not near as bad as what this lady had but for my child mind it was pretty freaky.

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