AN EMERGING EPIDEMIC
Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases and is one of the most difficult to diagnose. Experts in the medical and scientific community, as well as key legislators, have deemed Lyme Disease an epidemic … a national public health crisis … and a growing threat.
Lyme disease has been a known disease for several decades, but only in the past five years has it forced its way into medical relevance and became significant.
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection typically transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.
If diagnosed in its early stage, Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics. But, delayed diagnoses can make treatment and recovery more difficult.
It is characterized by persistent, debilitating symptoms that last for years and are extremely difficult to treat effectively.
THE GREAT IMITATOR
The Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) spirochete is an evasive organism which can penetrate virtually any organ or system in the body, including the brain and central nervous system, joints, muscles, and heart. Lyme disease symptoms may be similar to other medical conditions, making diagnosing a challenge. For this reason, Lyme disease and syphilis have both been coined “the great imitator.”
Lyme disease has been mistaken for multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, it is estimated that 5% – 10% of patients presumed to have MS suffered from other conditions including Lyme disease.
Neuropsychiatric presentations, including depression, anxiety, and aggressiveness are commonly seen in both acute and chronic Lyme disease.
Lyme disease has also been mistaken for polymyalgia rheumatica, sports-related injuries, and common medical conditions such as sinusitis, Epstein-Barr syndrome, rotator cuff tear, meniscus tear, edema, cellulitis, and pericarditis.
There are three stages:
• Localized disease
• Disseminated early disease
• Disseminated later disease
• May take as long as 15 years to manifest
• Lyme disease has been misdiagnosed as many other diseases
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Subclinical hypothyroidism
• Multiple Sclerosis
Signs and Symptoms of Disseminated Early or Late
- Unrelieved fatigue
• A headache
• Muscle aches and pain
• Back pain
• Joint pain and swelling
Most Common Symptoms Related to Lyme Disease
• Stiffness of the neck or back
• Joint pain or swelling
• Tingling, numbness, burning of the extremities
• Difficulty in concentration
• Forgetfulness, poor short-term
• Disturbed sleep
• Difficulty with speech or
Lyme Disease can be a Contributing Factor to Other
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Bipolar disorder
• Neurological disease
• Heart disease (Lyme carditis)
We at Freedom age Functional & Regenerative medicine clinic do extensive diagnostic tests to identify the underlying cause of the manifested symptoms and provide you with a treatment protocol.
Foods to be avoided completely:
• Hard cheeses
2. Antibiotics where necessary
3. Detox therapies
Dr. Kalpana Shekhawat MD
Functional Medicine Specialist
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