What is Lyme Disease?

[FACT] Lyme disease was originally identified  in Lyme, Connecticut and was previously known as Lyme arthritis.

Given the wide range of cardiac, dermatological and neurological symptoms now experienced by Lyme sufferers, it is now referred Lyme disease.

It is the most common tick-borne infection in the northern hemisphere and in countries with temperate climates such as in Europe and Asia.

According to the CDC:

More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are now reported each year, but it is suspected that  upwards of 300,000 cases are treated annually.

If you are in need of Lyme disease advice, want to know: what it is, how you can catch it, if you have it and how you treat it – then you have come to the right place…

Below, we provide you with a brief summary of the main issues surrounding Lyme disease, it’s diagnosis, treatment and co-infections.

can you cure lyme disease in humansLyme disease is commonly referred to as: an infection caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi that is transmitted into the blood through the bite of an infected black legged tick.

That being said, this simplistic definition does not reflect the true nature of this multifaceted, complex and often misunderstood illness that is also known as ‘The great imitator’ for its ability to mimic the symptoms of several other disease.

More recently, scientists are theorising that Lyme disease symptoms can also be triggered by mosquito, flea and spider bites. Research is also proving that it may also be sexually transmitted.

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Lyme Disease Tests and Diagnosis:

The diagnosis of Lyme disease begins with testing, however, it is not as simple as just going down to your doctor and getting a test for Lyme disease.

There are a wide range of laboratory tests, however, Lyme disease is primarily a clinical diagnosis which can be made depending upon symptoms, a physical examination and a person’s history.

The findings of laboratory testing are used to back up the clinical diagnosis. Unfortunately, many cases of Lyme disease go undetected due to negative lab results.

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Chronic Lyme Disease:

Chronic Lyme disease, also referred to as Post-Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS) or more correctly Persistent Lyme Disease, refers to patients who have ongoing non-specific symptoms after undergoing conventional treatment for Lyme disease. The cause for these lingering symptoms remains largely unknown.

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Neurological Lyme Disease:

neurological lyme diseaseLyme disease can produce swelling of the brain and neurological symptoms associated with Lyme disease may include: changes in cognitive function such as remembering, thinking, focusing, imagining and reasoning, poor judgement and impulse control, weakness or numbness due to nerve damage or sciatica-like nerve pain.

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Lyme Disease Co-infections:

Ticks can carry many bacteria, fungi, protozoans and viruses all at the same time and transmit them in a single bite. It is therefore quite common for a person diagnosed with Lyme disease to experience Lyme disease co-infections. A recent study of over 3,000 patients diagnosed as having Lyme disease, found that over 50% had co-infections. When a patient shows severe symptoms of Lyme disease the CDC has recommended that a physician consider possible co-infection.

Is There A Cure For Lyme Disease?

In medicine, science and public policy, there is currently considerable controversy regarding the best way to treat and diagnose Lyme disease. This conflict makes it hard for those suffering Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and care. Antibiotics are generally the only means of treating Lyme disease in western medicine. In some cases, they can prove to be ineffective with symptoms continuing for years. Natural treatment for Lyme disease focuses on treating the root cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms and can generally be used long-term. It is a highly beneficial treatment protocol for anyone suffering from this debilitating and poorly understood disease.

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Lyme Disease and Pregnancy:

Some antibiotics should not be used by pregnant women. However, taking antibiotics is still the most recommended treatment for pregnant women with Lyme disease. Given that antibiotics are well known to disrupt your gut microbiome, and the intestinal microflora of an infant is inherited from the mother at and after birth, it is even more important to ensure that pregnant women use natural protocols to build their immunity and gut health prior to and following the birth of their child. Whether the bacteria can be transmitted to a developing fetus is a controversial question, however, many scientists believe that the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgoferi, can be passed gestationally.

How Do You Treat Lyme Disease?

The rapid increase in reported cases of Lyme disease has led many people in search of both conventional and alternative Lyme Disease treatment methods when faced with this disease. Due to the diversity of symptoms and associated complications that Lyme disease often presents in each and every person infected, there is no one-size -fits all treatment protocolAntibiotic’s are the most commonly used and conventional option for Lyme disease treatment. Natural treatment protocols include herbal antimicrobials, detoxification therapies, homeopathic remedies and nutritional intervention.  Detoxifying the body and strengthening the digestive and immune systems are an essential step on the road to recovery from Lyme.

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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Lyme Disease Advice or its staff.