Lyme DiseaseLyme disease presents with a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, irritability, anxiety, crying, sleep disturbance, poor memory and concentration, chest pain, palpitations, lightheadedness, joint pain, muscle aches, visual disturbances, numbness, and tingling. Not everyone infected with Lyme disease suffers from all of these symptoms. A bull’s-eye rash may often be an early indicator of a possible infection if someone is bitten by a tick, but not everyone experiences a bull’s eye rash when bitten by a tick or a bite may be mistaken for a spider bite. Even those treated with antibiotics may continue to have symptoms that last for months to years after initial treatment.

Because Lyme is a complex disease, it can be difficult to diagnose, which means many people who contract Lyme disease are misdiagnosed during the early stages. This can lead to a chronic form of the disease, which can prove even more difficult to diagnose and treat. If you are appropriately treated in the early stages of the disease, the better your outcome for recovery.

Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites, though fewer than half of those infected ever recall being bitten. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burdorferi that is carried in the tick. It is a common misconception that a person’s risk of becoming infected is only high if they spend time in the woods or if they live on the East coast of the United States. Due to changes in migration patterns of deer, mice, and birds which are carriers of ticks, ticks carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme are found in all areas of the United States. Lyme disease is not just limited to areas we once thought as Lyme endemic, as cases of people infected with Lyme disease exist in 65 countries worldwide. There can be ticks wherever there is grass or vegetation inside or outside of homes, and tick bites can happen at any time of the year, so thoughts of it occurring only in wooded areas in certain parts of the country are incorrect.

Lyme disease has three categories: acute, early disseminated, and chronic. The sooner treatment is started after diagnosis, the better the outcome for remission. If you have contracted Lyme disease, you can expect to get better with appropriate treatment.

A naturopathic approach to the treatment of Lyme disease, its co-infections, or any chronic infection involves a multi-systemic and integrative approach. We base our treatment on the individual needs of the patient. Treatment can often comprise of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, nutrition, and other supportive therapies. Regardless of diagnosis, we assess the body as a whole. Careful consideration is given to a person’s nutritional status, their genetic predisposition for detox, other sources of inflammation in the body, their level of toxicity, and areas of strength that can impact the success of treatment.

Lyme Disease Co-Infections

In addition to Borrelia, that causes Lyme disease, ticks can carry other bacteria that can lead to infections and be transmitted to people at the same time; these are called “co-infections.” Many of these infections have the similar symptoms to Lyme disease and may or may not be accompanied by a rash.   Lyme disease and its co-infections may present with symptoms that may mimic other conditions like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and chronic migraines. In fact, according to The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, “Lyme disease has been called the great imitator,” meaning it has many of the same symptoms as other health conditions, making it more difficult to identify especially when there are multiple physical functions affected. This is why, in part, a naturopathic doctor is particularly effective in the treatment of Lyme disease, its co-infections, and the diseases that Lyme imitates.

Our naturopathic doctors can differentiate between Lyme and its co-infections and differentiate them from other medical conditions to help you recover from them. Please contact us to start the recovery process.

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