Lyme Disease Illness & Diagnosis
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What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is a multi-system illness that affects 300 000 new Americans and a reported 2,851 new Canadians (Based on 2021 Statistics) in a year. These cases are estimated to be much higher as it is suspected many people are not getting diagnosed via regular channels in Canada due to a political storm that has been occurring.
How Does Someone Get Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is caused by a spirochete bacterium, similar to syphilis5. The bacteria can be contracted from a tick bite, which is its most well-known form of transmission. Lyme Disease can also be transmitted from fleas, mosquitoes, blood transfusions, trans-placental to fetus, breast feeding, unpasteurized milk and sexual contact6.
How Is Lyme Disease Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Lyme Disease can be difficult, while testing is available in Canada, it is not sensitive enough to overcome the challenges that the Lyme bacteria can present. Ananta Health looks at overall patient symptoms and history, performs BioScan SRT testing, and recommends testing with Armin Labs in Germany.
What Are the Initial Symptoms of Lyme Disease?
After an infection occurs a rash can develop as either a characteristic target rash (Erythema Migrans) or a different rash. Although the rash is considered a classic symptom, it is actually estimated that it only displays in 10% of patients. Traditionally the rash would be followed by fever and possibly joint pain, but unfortunately not everyone has an immediate obvious response to the infection. This can cause the infection to go undiagnosed for a long period of time.
What Are The Stages Of Lyme Disease?
- Stage 1 is called early localized Lyme disease. The bacteria have not yet spread throughout the body.
- Stage 2 is called early disseminated Lyme disease. The bacteria have begun to spread throughout the body.
- Stage 3 is called late disseminated Lyme disease. The bacteria has spread to joints and can affect the nervous system.
- Stage 4 Late persistent Lyme disease. If Lyme disease isn't promptly or effectively treated, damage to the joints, nerves, and brain may develop months or years after you become infected. It is the last and often the most serious stage of the disease.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Persistent Lyme Disease?
Most individuals with Chronic Persistent Lyme do not remember having a tick bite. Symptoms of Lyme Disease can also include neurological symptoms, pain symptoms, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and many others. Some patients may only have two symptoms while others, similar to Dr. Risk’s case at the height of her illness, will have over 120 total symptoms. To review further please see our complete Lyme symptom list.
What can be misdiagnosed as Lyme disease?
Illnesses that are often misdiagnosed for Lyme Disease may include the following:
- Neurological disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Meniere’s Disease
- Myeloencephalitis (EPM)
What Are Lyme Disease Co-Infections?
Lyme Disease is accompanied by several other infections called co-infections. These infections are also carried by ticks and will accompany the Lyme bacteria when someone is infected. Infections that occur can vary according to geographic location, and what the tick is specifically carrying. No patient has all infections and complications, but what is affecting each person needs to be identified as these infections will all intermingle together and can create a confusing plethora of symptoms.
Common Lyme Co-Infections are:
- Mycoplasma fermentans (and other species)
- Powassan Virus
- Q Fever
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Tick Paralysis
- Tickborne Relapsing Fever
- Tularemia and others.
What Other Complications are Associated with Lyme Disease?
Other complications of this illness would include complications from Lyme itself, other infections the patient may have from having a weak immune system or poor detox pathways. These complications can include but aren’t limited to:
- Biofilm (an armour the bacteria will protect itself in)
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Mold Toxicity
- Adrenal Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Other Bacteria
- Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
- The Patients Own Genetics and Specific Situation
- Exposure to Chemicals, Wi-Fi, radon and other irritants
- Cavitations and other dental complications
What is the Treatment for Lyme Disease?
Conventional Medicine seems to ignore treating or even discussing Lyme Disease which can be distressing to patients. This has left many people in pain, with a poor quality of life and extremely frustrated.
Treatment for Lyme Disease can be extremely complicated. Many patients with Chronic Persistent Lyme have suffered for a long time and are extremely ill. Some people can jump into treatment, while others need to take the treatment slower. Each case is assessed on an individual basis and treated according to their specific needs. It is dangerous to take this treatment quickly due to neurotoxicity, and important to assess each issue as needed.
At Ananta Health antibiotics are not used, but instead Lyme Disease and its complications are approached with anti-microbial herbs, Chinese Medicine, supplements, and any other treatments the patient may need. Ananta Health begins this journey by assessing the patients’ history and testing with the BioScan SRT. It is important to identify physical causes or contributors or other complications such as parasites, candida, post-viral syndrome, food sensitivities and allergies or poor diet, heavy metal toxicity and environmental sensitivities need to be determined.
Each treatment is individual, and personalized and Dr. Risk takes care to make sure that everything is understood and that you leave with a full wealth of knowledge about your own care.
How Can Acupuncture Help Treat Lyme Disease?
Acupuncture is also helpful in the treatment and management of symptoms since it can reduce anxiety, and stress, aid sleep, calm down digestive complaints and help the body detox and increase an overall feeling of wellbeing.