I have had a reoccurring dream for several years that I find very disturbing. I dream that I get an itch on the palm of my hand and, when I go to scratch it, I find a bump there. Out of the bump, comes a worm. It comes out in different ways: Sometimes I can see little antennae sticking out and, when I pull on them, the worm comes out. Sometimes I squeeze the bump and the worm comes out. Sometimes, the worms are vividly fluorescent colored, almost like a cartoon. Sometimes, like last night, the worms are brown and very realistic.
A couple of things are the same every time I have this dream. The worms are always coming out of my hands. At the beginning of the dream, I don't feel too alarmed about the worms and am just relieved to get them out. Then, as more and more continue to show up, I begin to panic, which is usually what wakes me up. I hate having this dream! I can never go back to sleep after it and usually end up getting up and cleaning something around the house.
I looked up the meaning of this dream on some dream interpretation sites. The closest match I could find was "worms under the skin," which I saw on several sources. They all say pretty much the same thing: Dreaming about worms under your skin means there is someone in your life upsetting you or that you don't trust. The person upsetting you can even be yourself, i.e. you have a poor self-image or low self esteem. It can also represent a high level of stress or unidentified health issues.
Now, I'm a confident person and I like myself pretty well, so I don't think it's the poor self image thing. Although my life isn't perfect, I'm generally happy and have a laid back attitude, so I don't think it's the stress. There are a few things bugging me, but that's just part of life and I really don't think it's getting to me that much. There's not anyone close to me that I find untrustworthy or that I'm secretly upset with. So, what's the problem?
I'm normally not an overanalyzer (is that even a word?) and I don't dwell on negative things too much. The reason why I'm putting so much effort into figuring out this dream is that I don't think I can stand to have it again!