Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that stems from a tick bite.  These parasites are often so small that people don't see them or notice that they have been bitten.  Depending on where you live it could be:

  • An infected blacklegged tick or deer tick, in the northeastern and central U.S.

  • An infected western blacklegged tick, on the West Coast of the U.S.

  • An infected sheep tick, in parts of Europe.

 The first signs of Lyme disease may be a skin rash.  As Lyme disease develops the symptoms may be joint pain and flu-like symptoms such as chills, fever, nausea and sweating.  The body parts that are most affected are joints, skin, the heart and nervous system.

When identified early, many cases of Lyme disease respond well to short-term antibiotic therapy and don’t recur.  Unfortunately, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed allowing for the infection to progress to a later, more entrenched phase that require more intensive treatment.  

At Restorasis Integrative & Functional Medicine, we do a comprehensive consultation and determine if Lyme disease testing is required.  Based on your test results, Dr. O'Connell or one of our Restorasis clinicians will design a treatment plan for you or recommend other methods of moving forward.

According to the LymeLight Foundation, www.lymelightfoundation.org, here are some facts about Lyme Disease:

  • Lyme disease is a world-wide infectious disease and has been reported in all 50 states, 25% of the reported cases are children. Lyme disease had been found on every continent but Antarctica.

 

  • Typically Lyme disease is transmitted through a bite from an infected deer tick. These ticks, often the size of a poppy seed, can leave an undetectable bite.

 

  • Fewer than 50% of people infected get the bull’s eye rash. Some develop flu-like symptoms a week or so after becoming infected, however, many people are asymptomatic but can develop Lyme symptoms months, years or decades later.

  • Common Symptoms include: fatigue, neck stiffness or pain, jaw discomfort, muscle pain, joint aches like arthritis- typically in the knees, swollen glands, memory loss, cognitive confusion, vision problems, digestive issues, headaches and fainting.

  • The Lyme spirochete bacteria is hard to detect and hard to kill. Lyme disease is growing at epidemic proportions in the United States.

  • It is called the great imitator; looking like many other health problems (Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Bells Palsy, ADD, MS and Lupus).

  • The medical community is divided over the diagnosis and treatment guidelines. Health insurance often doesn’t cover the treatment for Chronic Lyme disease.

  • The standard and most commonly prescribed for diagnosing Lyme test is the ELISA test. This test, often not sensitive enough to detect Lyme, can produce a false negative. The more sensitive test is called the IgG and IgM Western Blots test.

  • If you suspect you have Lyme, contact a LLMD, (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor).

For more information regarding Lyme Disease, check out www.ilads.org.  ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society dedicated to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated diseases

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