Just as we don’t use symptoms to establish a Lyme disease diagnosis, we don’t use the lack of symptoms to determine that you are cured of Lyme disease. We want proof that the Lyme bacteria are gone. That’s more easily said then done. For all of the same reasons an accurate diagnosis is difficult, a definitive cure is just as complicated. Once again though the beginning of an effective treatment of Lyme disease is an Accurate Diagnosis.
Our treatment of Lyme disease is based on your “accurate Lyme testing and diagnosis“
Each Lyme patient is different. Each bacteria is different. Each treatment of Lyme disease is different. One of the reasons your evaluation is so thorough, and the diagnosis is so important is the better the information about the disease, the higher chance of the right treatment of lyme disease the first time.
We will most likely use antibiotics
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection and like other bacterial infections it is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are administered orally, with intramuscular (IM) injections, or intravenously (IV) through the veins. Physicians often prescribe combinations of antibiotics to take advantage of the diverse ways that individual antibiotics affect the Bb organism.
We realize there are downsides to antibiotics. However, in our experience when fighting Lyme the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Also, we have Lyme detoxification treatments that can assist you back to health.
Our antibiotic treatments are longer than most and often intravenous
Some health care professionals are more conservative in their approach to Lyme disease and often don’t go much beyond relatively short-term oral antibiotic therapy. This group believes that in almost all cases, one or two courses of oral antibiotics are all that are required to eradicate the bacteria. They believe that persistent, chronic Lyme disease symptoms are not the result of an ongoing infection of active Lyme bacteria in the body but rather, are probably the result of a dysfunctional auto-immune system response or some other process occurring in the body.
Peer reviewed medical literature describing late stage Lyme disease consistently show the involvement of the central nervous system. And the only antibiotics that cross the blood-brain barrier, and have the hope of eradicating the Lyme disease bacteria can ONLY be administered intravenously.
Feeling worse before feeling better
Sometimes a reaction to antibiotics occurs when symptoms recur, flare up or become exaggerated. Some call it a healing crisis, while others describe it as getting worse before you get better. Lyme patients refer to this reaction as a herx, or say that they are herxing.
It usually occurs within days to weeks of starting antibiotic therapy. When antibiotics directly kill Lyme bacteria or work with the body’s immune system to kill the organism, toxins are released that cause either “direct reactions or indirect actions through stimulation of the immune system.
In simpler terms, the reaction occurs when Lyme bacteria are killed off more quickly than the body’s organs (kidneys and liver) are able to process them. This increases the number of toxins in the blood stream. The higher the toxin count, the more severe the symptoms the patient experiences.
Effective long-term monitoring
After you’re feeling better, we still want to make sure that the Lyme disease is truly gone. Follow-ups are important. Most of the time we find that chronicLyme disease is not a relapse, rather, the bacteria were never truly wiped out the first time. We want to be sure. Again our definition of a cure is that the bacteria are gone.