A Lyme disease test is usually ordered by a practitioner when a patient displays symptoms of Lyme disease. The test for Lyme disease is a blood test which detects antibodies to the bacteria spirochetes Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria spread by certain ticks and arthropods.
Lyme disease can have different stages, especially if it is not detected early on. When a person is bitten by a tick or arthropod, the first sign they may have contracted Lyme disease is a bulls-eye rash, but this is not common in most Lyme patients. ‘Flu- like illness such as fever, chills, aches and pains are the most common symptoms and these usually present within a few days to a few weeks after being bitten.
When You Need a Lyme Disease Test
A Lyme disease test should be performed when a patient reports a rash or ‘flu-like symptoms mentioned above. At this stage, a practitioner may order a Lyme disease test although the results may be negative in the first 4-6 weeks. This is because it can take up to two months after becoming infected before antibodies can be detected in a blood test.
If the flu-like symptoms do not occur in the early stage, Lyme disease may lie dormant until it shows up in more acute ways such as constant headache, light sensitivity, stiff neck, sleep disturbance, arthritis, fatigue and chest pain. At this stage, if a test for Lyme disease is not performed and the disease correctly diagnosed, it can lead to permanent damage to the joints, nerves, and brain may develop.
Untreated, the infection spreads through the bloodstream and lymph nodes within days to weeks, involving the joints, nervous system, and possibly the heart. These include facial palsy, which is the loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face, as well as meningitis, which involves severe headaches, neck stiffness, and sensitivity to light. Lyme disease is known as the “great imitator” because the symptoms which display if the disease is not treated, mimic many well-known conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Fibromyalgia. For this reason it is very important to find a practitioner who can perform tests and make an accurate diagnosis.
Why You Might Want a Lyme Disease Test
Lyme disease is now almost at epidemic proportions, although most patients have no idea they have the disease, they have no recollection of being bitten by a tick and have never seen a bulls-eye rash on their skin. They come to LifeWorks Wellness Center because they have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, neurological disorders or chronic fatigue but they are not responding to the treatment they have been prescribed.
We test for Lyme disease in every patient who comes to the clinic with a chronic condition and a surprising number of them test positive for the disease. Following a correct diagnosis effective treatment can begin.
How We Test for Lyme Disease
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, a Lyme disease test is performed in one or more of three ways. In the first instance, the practitioner will perform a detailed neurological bio-feedback test, known as autonomic reflex testing. Using this test for Lyme disease, we can screen the body for up to six Lyme organisms. If any of these test positive, the practitioner will order a blood test for Lyme disease. Most Lyme disease tests are not detailed enough so the practitioners at LifeWorks use a specialty lab test to detect Lyme or Lyme-like organisms. Finally, the practitioner will take a detailed look at the patient’s blood under a microscope to see if any spirochetes are present.
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Where to get A Lyme Disease Test
Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering tests for Lyme Disease for a long time and many of our patients have benefitted from them. The patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering comprehensive Lyme Disease tests and natural medicine for Lyme Disease where they live.
We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient or for more information feel free to call the New Patient Scheduler at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.