Lyme disease is called the “the New Great Imitator”. It has the potential to attack multiple organ systems and mimic many diseases. It is known to be spread by ticks as well as spiders, fleas, mosquitoes and other vector biting insects. Recent research has proven that it can be transmitted sexually as well as congenitally, and additionally by breastfeeding.
Lyme disease is believed to cause, mimic, manifest as, be misdiagnosed as, or contribute to more than 300 conditions and diseases. Only 60% of those bitten develop the characteristic rash. A few of the initial symptoms include fatigue, low grade fevers, night sweats, migrating joint pain or arthritis, muscle pains, sleep disturbances, brain fog, hypersensitivity to lights, sounds, tastes or smells, mood swings, depression, fibromyalgia, irritability, frequent early miscarriages, just to name a few.
Lyme disease has become a controversial disease. Many people are tested for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Multiple Sclerosis and syphilis before they are tested for Lyme.
The ELISA test (done in most offices) is often unreliable and misses 35% of culture proven Lyme. There is a very small window for this test to effective for diagnostic purposes.
A complete diagnostic workup for Lyme includes a Western Blot that evaluates and reports 16 bands of DNA. Currently, SmithKline and Mardex labs are restricted from reporting all bands. These rules were set up in accordance with the CDC surveillance criteria and increase the risk of false negative results. Testing for co-infections such as Babeiosis, Bartonella and Erlichiosis should also be done.
Many patients require 1-4 years of treatment. Often antibiotics fail. There are currently no tests available to show the organism has been eradicated and the patient cured.
Complementary treatment involves therapies that strengthen the immune system as well s targeting the organism.
The first step is to identify the organism…both by patient history and Western Blot testing.
Igenix Lab is our testing preference and the cost is $200 paid directly to the lab. Results are available in 3 weeks. Many insurance companies reimburse patients directly.
Center for Preventive Medicine