Treatment for Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a more common infection that most people realized. With recent advances in pharmacology the pharmaceutical companies have not given Lyme Disease much attention and have not focused much energy in treating Lyme. Western Medicine at this stage treats acute Lyme infections with oral and IV antibiotics. There currently are no guidelines in treating Chronic Lyme Disease.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease is complicated in that there are several co-infections related to Lyme. Traditionally it was thought that Borrelia was the primary pathogen. We have since learned that there are 3 different stages of Borrelia that only one of those stages is detectable with a traditional Western Blot. This makes any testing of Lyme Disease unreliable and often giving false negative to patients seeking answers to their symptoms. Being sent away with the narrative that all the labs look good, yet you still don’t feel well. Moreover, Borrelia is often accompanied by Mycoplasma and Bartonella. Very rarely do we see a patient with just one co-infection. Babesia is another common pathogen related to Lyme. Understanding the unique symptoms related to Lyme is the key to proper diagnosis. We often find that Lyme Disease is better diagnosed clinically.
Right now we have identified over 290 sub-species of Mycoplasma that can affect humans, but testing has only been developed to identify only one Mycoplasma species. Similarly there are 29 species of Bartonella with current lab testing for only 2 species, and only 2 species of Babesia are being tested. As you can see lab testing is not always reliable. Your symptoms are more important in the diagnosing of Lyme.
Symptoms of Lyme will mimic many other disorders, making the diagnosis more difficult. However, over my time in practice we have developed skills and procedures to make diagnosis more accurate. At Envie Health Clinic we use Live Blood Microscopy to look for active spirochetes, Cysts, and cell wall deficiencies. A symptom evaluation may include brain fog, body aches, joint pain, fatigue, and the list goes on. In fact there are more than 50 unique symptoms that are common with Lyme.
Symptom patterns associated with Babesia will primarily affect the brain and autonomic nervous system. This is where brain fog and inability to focus comes from. Depression and anxiety are often associated with Babesia. Emotional upheaval and fear are also associated. The autonomic nervous system becomes affected and treatment with Neural Therapy helps to reset the system. Babesia can cause a pounding heartbeat and can cause a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Babesia can be responsible for air hunger and shortness of breath. Night sweats and chills are also noted. Insomnia is common as Borellia affects the nerves in the brain.
Bartonella symptoms are often one of the most abundant infections in people because of house pets. More than 80 percent of cats and nearly all outdoor hunting cats carry Bartonella Microbes. Fleas will bite cats and infect them and the fleas leap off the cat and bite humans infecting them. People with Bartonella have much more pain than other co-infections. They will report pain in joints and connective tissue surrounding them. Sometimes this pain will migrate to other areas of the body. Headaches and often severe will be reported with Bartonella. Other conditions like skin disorders, gastritis, increased bladder irritation and most commonly chronic inflammation are all seen with Bartonella.
Borrelia symptoms patterns are usually a little less severe as the organism itself is usually less aggressive. However, fatigue is the most common indication that Borrelia is the causative organism. We usually have patients describe their symptoms as diffuse pain and a feeling of tiredness that they didn’t have before, with symptoms of Borrelia mimicking the other co-infections.
Why is Lyme disease so tricky to treat? The organisms themselves really only have one goal in life, and that is to live to see another day. Lyme organisms have found ways to hide and avoid detection in the body. One way they do this is not stay in the bloodstream for very long and hide in areas with the least about of blood flow. Their goal is to lead the cellular area into complacency. Lyme spirochetes have the ability to transform and change when it feels pressure or the effects of the immune system killing it. The spirochetes can turn into cysts and the walls are often impenetrable by medications, they can also create biofilms in which they hide and avoid detection. Then when the environment feels right they will come out and continue with invading other parts of the body.
Lyme disease itself does not cause the symptoms themselves. They cause the immune system to become bogged down or occupied and when your immune system is overrun your body will develop symptoms. These symptoms are a product of our own immune systems efforts to protect us from the pathogens. If you have a strong and happy immune system these effects go unnoticed. In the compromised patient with other factors or co-infections putting strain on the immune system these symptoms become more prominent and become potentially worse.
The immune system reacts to the infection and will always prioritize the most dangerous infection. If the immune system is successful in eradicating the threat then your symptoms resolve, if the threat does not resolve then symptoms worsen.
Our approach to Lyme is multifaceted and takes time to identify all the body systems affected. There may be mold and fungal infections. Hormones may be off and your thyroid plays a very important role in your immunity. Toxic metals may be contributing, making identification and eradication necessary. Nutrition and functional deficiencies are one of the most important aspects to getting well again. Improving a weakened immune system is paramount in the process of beating Lyme or any pathogen causing your immune system to be over run and impaired.