Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease and is one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits to over 300,000 new cases per year! In reality, as we have seen in our office percentage-wise, we believe it’s much greater than that and prevalence is rising.
Lyme disease is a unique disease with many diverse symptoms. It is caused by the infectious spirochetal germ Borrelia burgdorferi. Its cousin germs, Bartonella
henselae. Babesia microti, and the bacteria of the Ehrilichia species cause related diseases. There are over 100 species of Borrelia and 100 species of Babesia.
There are three phases in Lyme disease:
- Bite Phase: The patient may have a classic bull’s eye rash (only seen in 25 percent of cases). Arthritis symptoms are very common.
Initial Symptoms: unrelenting fatigue, recurring fever, headaches/migraines, achy
muscles and joints.
- Latent dormant Phase: Minimal symptoms and the rash and arthritis seem to improve.
- Full-Blown Phase: The disease returns in its full-blown glory as it attacks the nervous system and the immune system with many diverse and varied symptoms.
One of the most important aspects of developing a Lyme disease treatment protocol is to strengthen and restore the immune system. Lyme disease bacteria and associated neurotoxins are immunosuppressive. Since homeopathy stimulates the body’s response to the disease it is basically able to “jumpstart” the immune system to engage in the fight against the infection. A combination of homeopathy, Chinese herbs and glandular has proven successful for patients.
In addressing these issues it is very important to be supporting the drainage and detox pathways to ensure everything we are detoxing is able to leave the body. We use various protocols that include homeopathy, herbs, and supplements. Often we use a combination of these things to ensure the best way to rebalance the body.
The first step to determining an individualized protocol is determining what co-infections are also present. As most Lyme patients already know, Borrelia never seems to come alone. Tick bites can transmit numerous other bacteria and viruses, like Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, Coxsackie, Nanobacterium, Parvovirus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Valley Fever.
For more information on Lyme Disease, there are articles in our blog.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
HEAD, FACE, NECK
Headache, facial paralysis (like Bell’s palsy), tingling of nose, cheek, or face, stiff neck, sore throat, swollen glands, heightened allergic sensitivities, twitching of facial/other muscles, jaw pain/stiffness (like TMJ), changes in smell and taste.
Difficulty breathing, night sweats or unexplained chills, heart palpitations, diminished exercise tolerance, heart block, murmur, arterial fibrillation, Chest pain or rib soreness.
Mood swings, irritability, agitation, depression, and anxiety, personality changes, ADD/ADHD, malaise, aggressive behavior/impulsiveness, suicidal thoughts, overemotional reactions, crying easily, disturbed sleep; too much, too little, difficulty falling or staying asleep, spaciousness, paranoia, hallucinations, feeling as though you are losing your mind, obsessive-compulsive behavior, bipolar disorder/manic behavior, schizophrenic like state, including hallucinations.
Dementia, forgetfulness, memory loss (short or long term), poor school or work performance, attention deficit problems, distractibility, confusion, difficult thing, difficulty with concentration, reading, spelling, disorientation; getting or feeling lost, reproduction and sexuality.
Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity, reproduction problems, miscarriage, premature birth, extreme PMS symptoms.
Testicular or pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction.
Decreased hearing ringing or buzzing in ears, sound sensitivity, pain in the ears.
Numbness in body, tingling pinpricks, burning/stabbing sensations in the body burning in feet, weakness or paralysis of limbs, tremors or unexplained shaking, seizures, stroke, poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking, increased motion sickness, , wooziness, lightheadedness, fainting, encephalopathy (cognitive impairment from brain involvement)
Benign tumor-like nodules, Erythema Migrans (rash)
Decreased interest in play (children), extreme fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, unexplained fevers ( high or low grade), flu-like symptoms (early in the illness), symptoms seem to change, come and go.
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