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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is most often known for being acquired from the bite of a tick. It is caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochete. In addition, ticks often carry other bacteria, protozoans, and viruses and other tick borne diseases, which makes the term “Lyme disease” much more complicated. Therefore, Lyme Borreliosis Complex (LBC) is a more appropriate term to describe this intricate, infectious process.
If you are infected by a tick bite, symptoms can begin any time after the bite. Early symptoms are flu-like, such as fever, fatigue, body aches, joint pains, etc. Some people develop a distinctive “bull’s eye” rash, but this is a much less common occurrence than previously thought. In addition, the rash may appear on a part of the body that is not easily seen, such as the scalp. If this rash occurs, it is diagnostic for Lyme disease and further testing is not necessary with treatment starting immediately to prevent the infection from becoming chronic.
Left untreated, Lyme Borreliosis Complex can persist for years and cause a wide variety of symptoms from generalized fatigue and ill feelings to musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and psychiatric disorders. Below are a few of the many common disorders:
- Musculoskeletal: joint pain, muscle pain, stiffness, spasms
- Neurologic: headache, numbness, tingling, cognitive difficulties, visual disturbances, twitching, seizures
- Cardiac: palpitations, chest pain, rapid or slow heart rate, shortness of breath
- Gastrointestinal: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, reflux, abdominal pain, IBS
- Psychiatric: poor memory, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, confusion, rage
Like many other diseases, Lyme Borreliosis Complex is a clinical diagnosis. This means that a LBC diagnosis is based on exposure to ticks, clinical symptoms, and physical examination. Commercial lab tests for LBC are not reliable and may miss over half of those infected. Therefore, a negative test does not rule out LBC. LBC Symptoms can also be migratory and fluctuant in nature, making diagnosis even much more difficult. Therefore, if you suspect that you could have LBC, seek medical advice from a Lyme literate physician. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat LBC, but a multifaceted approach is necessary due to the complexity of the disease. Treatment length will depend on the severity of symptoms and clinical response to that treatment.
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The best way you can help Lyme Disease and Chronic Lyme become recognized is to spread the truth. Please print a few of the brochures below and on our clinicians pamphlets page, and give them to your friends, your Doctor, or whoever could benefit from the truth about Lyme Disease.
- Top Ten Tips to Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease Brochure
- Basic Information About Lyme Disease
- Igenex – Lyme Disease Testing.
- Partnership for Tick-borne Infections.
“Under Our Skin” (2008). Open Eye Productions presents a documentary of Lyme disease including the controversy surrounding this disease. Winner of Best
Documentary awards and was a Finalist in the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Documentary Feature. See: www.underourskin.com.
“Emergence” (2014). Open Eye Productions presents a sequel to Under Our Skin I. It revisits the characters from the first documentary and gives hope with proper diagnosis and treatment. See: www.underourskin.com – Emergence
Videos on Lyme and Related Topics:
Dr. Elizabeth Maloney presents a brief overview of Lyme Disease – 2017-02-15
How can I get Better
“Horowitz is one of the most prominent ‘Lyme literate’ physicians…patients wait for months to see him, and several told me that he had essentially cured them of a disease that nobody else seemed able to treat.” ―The New Yorker
This comprehensive book is the first book of its kind to approach Lyme disease from the perspective of “beginners”—those doctors, patients and caregivers who are new to the topic of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.
Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Beginners-Guide-Lyme-Disease/dp/0988243717
The Lyme Disease Solution is a comprehensive guide to the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick borne infections. The author, Dr. Kenneth Singleton, is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine who himself struggled with severe symptoms of Lyme disease for 8 years prior to being correctly diagnosed and treated. Though detailed, the book is easy to read and comprehend.
Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Lyme-Disease-Solution-Kenneth-Singleton/dp/1439226989
From one of the country’s foremost doctors comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease.
Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Why-Cant-Get-Better-Solving/dp/1250019400
A groundbreaking investigation into the medical history, patient experience & brutal political war over Lyme Disease.Buy here: http://www.amazon.com/Cure-Unknown-Inside-Lyme-Epidemic/dp/0312378130