It is difficult to diagnose Lyme disease because of the complex nature of disease progression and frequent co-infection with other tick-borne diseases. .In addition, the only distinctive sign unique to Lyme disease — a red, ring-shaped rash known as erythema migrans (EM) — is absent in at least one-fourth of the people who become infected. Not all infected parties display all the characteristic symptoms. Lyme disease symptoms often overlap with those of co-infections or other diseases, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus, as opposed to being exclusive to Lyme disease. Approximately one or two out of ten people with untreated Lyme Disease ( borreliosis) develop chronic arthritis. Problems in the nervous system, such as Bell’s palsy, and numbness in the legs or arms, can also arise. (on first page)
Lyme disease (borreliosis) is the most prevalent tick-borne infectious disease in the United States. The disease is caused by spiral shaped bacteria in the Borrelia genus (commonly B. burgdorferi), carried by a number of species of the Ixodes genus of tick, (commonly the deer tick or black-legged tick). Once infected, symptoms range from neck stiffness, mild to severe fatigue, arthritis, and neurological problems. Less commonly, untreated individuals can develop hepatitis, heart problems, and severe fatigue.
Our Integrative Approach for treating Lyme Disease and co-infections
Lyme disease is diagnosed clinically based on the symptoms and objective physical findings. However, confirmation by laboratory testing is recommended before proceeding with treatment. The person’s history of exposure to Lyme disease areas is also a way to determine treatment.
We will ask details regarding your medical history and do a physical examination. Lab tests are used to identify antibodies for the first few weeks following infection. The common tests done for suspicion of Lyme disease include:
- Enzyme(5)-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test. The ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test for Lyme disease determines titers of IgM and IgG antibodies in the blood against the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria.
- Western blot test
- Polymerase(6) chain reaction (PCR)
We have effectively treated many patients with Lyme disease and its co-infections over the past ten years with good success. We personalize each treatment plan according to the unique needs of the individual varies since there is no "cookie-cutter" approach. Treatment immediately following a tick bite typically includes a course of antibiotics, which may eliminate all presenting symptoms. However, due to the complexity of the Lyme bacteria's life cycle, a combination of antibiotics may be necessary for true recovery.
Some patients require long-term treatment with oral, intravenous, or injected antibiotics such as rocephin. High dose intravenous vitamin C, multivitamin infusions, alpha-lipoic acid and oral nutritional support provides energy to combat fatigue and brain fog. Aerophytotherapy (a therapy that uses essential oils) in partnership with Dr. Ivanova have proved very effective in many cases.
A complete evaluation and comprehensive review is completed for each patient. Our doctors and professionals will evaluate your results and will spend one on one time with you to interpret and explain your results. Together we will explore your goals and discuss your treatment plan options. Our team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine will regularly monitor your progress and track the effectiveness of your program making adjustments if necessary. Our goal is to support you and advise you every step of the way. We work in conjunction with your existing doctors to ensure the best possible care.
If you feel you may need help, please call our patient coordinator at 407 355 9246, or request an appointment on line for evaluation and testing.