What is Lyme disease and what are it's symptoms?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. It is the most common tick-borne illness in North America, regularly affecting those living or visiting heavily wooded areas of the country.
Patients who develop Lyme disease most often report a rash in the shape of a bullseye, although, for some, this rash never forms.
Other frequently reported symptoms include:
- Fatigue, sleep disturbances
- Joint and muscle pain
- Facial palsy
- Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
- Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea
- Cognitive impairment
- Chest pain, palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Motor Neuron disease
- Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia
Diagnosis and Tratment of Lyme Disease
Diagnosis and treatment can be difficult for patients suffering from Lyme disease as the disease often mimics other illnesses like arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and several neurological conditions. When you are infected with Borrelia burgdoferi (Lyme disease bacteria), your body fights the infection in two ways.
- Within the first 4-6 days, T (immune) cells are activated to help clear the bacteria from the system.
- After 4-6 weeks, the immune system develops antibodies to Lyme bacteria to further kill the bacteria.
Conventional treatment uses antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection but disregards the multitude of other symptoms often presenting in chronic Lyme patients. The Borrelia burgdoferi is one of the smartest bacteria we know. It protects itself from the immune system and antibiotics by building a wall around it that the antibiotics and T cells cannot penetrate. When conditions permit, the bacteria emerges and starts replicating. The bacteria can jettison small segments of its DNA if it is about to be killed by our immune system. These segments of DNA can later form new bacteria.
The Integrative Medicine Approach to Lyme Disease
Integrative medicine combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine treatments to address the person as a whole - tackling the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of a disease and a patient's lifestyle overall. By doing this, it facilitates the body's innate healing response to help you regain control of your health.
Individualized treatment is necessary for patients suffering from Lyme disease as no one treatment option broadly helps all patients. Genetics, medical history and environmental surroundings all affect how Lyme disease manifests in the body. Creating a treatment plan based on these factors, the results of a physical examination and by determining the underlying causes of symptoms, rears the best results.
What to Expect
After a Lyme diagnosis is confirmed through blood work and physical examination, The Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center will begin treatment for each patient by using a combination of conventional and integrative medicine approach. The bioresonance analysis of health (B.A.H.) system helps to accurately determine the therapies, medicines and nutrients needed for each individual.
While treatment is customized to the unique needs of each patient, an integrative treatment plan regularly includes:
- Whole-body detoxification
- IV nutrition therapy
- Nutritional and herbal supplementation
- Antimicrobial therapy
- Hormone balancing
- Energy medicine
Treatment will also include dietary and other lifestyle recommendations, including sleep, stress management and physical activity, to augment the therapies mentioned above. Each personalized, multidimensional care plan will establish priority of treatment to address the largest concerns first.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
In all Lyme disease cases, the medical staff at The Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center has one goal in mind: to return every patient to optimal health. To learn more about our Lyme disease treatment approach or to schedule an appointment, contact The Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center below, or call (210) 338-8228.