Lyme Disease Treatment
Lyme disease is caused by the organism Borrelia burgdorferi and may be transmitted via a tick bite. Contrary to popular belief, a tick does not need to be attached for 24 hours in order to transmit Borrelia into the bloodstream of the host. Less than 50% of people who have documented cases of Lyme disease recall being bitten by a tick. Also, less than 50% of the cases of Lyme disease have the classic “bulls-eye rash”. In 2014 the CDC reported that 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed annually.
These are important facts because a person may be struggling with a number of symptoms and conditions that are not improving with their current treatment. One of the possible reasons may be because they have undiagnosed Lyme disease as an underlying cause of their health problems. Symptoms of Lyme disease can vary from person to person, and is not limited to but can include fatigue, chronic pain in muscles and/or joints, impaired memory, unexplained numbness/ tingling, neurological symptoms, digestive symptoms, chronic bladder irritation, and cardiac manifestations. It has been implicated in some cases as a cause of conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Rheumatoid arthritis, many autoimmune conditions, and more.
The CDC has set up standards for testing to screen a patient who is suspected of having Lyme disease. It is called 2 tier testing. The first tier is the Elisa test for Lyme and if it is negative, then there is no further testing done. However, there are multiple studies showing in patients who have documented cases of Lyme disease that anywhere for 35-70% of those patients who have known Lyme disease have tested negative on the Elisa. It is a very insensitive test and that is a reason that many patients who have come to our clinic who had been tested were told they don’t have Lyme disease but when we perform more thorough testing, it is found that indeed they do have Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a treatable condition and people do recover from Lyme disease. Drs. Stephanie Farrell and Tom Messinger specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. They have attended the ILADS training program. They utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, assisting the body’s ability to detox, strengthening the immune system, supporting and restoring balance to organs, glands, and hormones that may be affected by the infection(s), and uncovering other possible co-existing infections.