Chronic Lyme disease often presents a wide range of symptoms which can mimic the symptoms of other conditions. Patients whose Lyme disease goes undiagnosed for months or even years, run the risk of developing chronic Lyme disease symptoms which may include arthritis, fatigue and anxiety.
When a person is first infected with the bacteria genusBorreila, usually from a deer tick or mosquito bite, the first sign is often the appearance of a bull's-eye skin rash. It can be large and expanding in size. This rash is called erythema migrans (EM) and can be accompanied by flu’ like symptoms such as joint pain, headache and fatigue. These all usually emerge within days or weeks. If the person is correctly diagnosed at this time, then Lyme disease can usually be effectively treated with a course of antibiotics and the chances of it progressing into chronic Lyme disease is greatly reduced.
However, in many cases there are no early Lyme disease symptoms and the person may not even recall seeing a bite. Months may pass before chronic Lyme disease symptoms occur, which are inevitably misdiagnosed. The problem with chronic Lyme disease is that it’s very effective at mimicking other ailments, and it manifests in different people in different ways. It’s not uncommon for chronic Lyme disease symptoms to be misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, mononucleosis, ulcerative colitis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, or fibromyalgia. Misdiagnosis can mean not getting treatment, or worse, getting treatment for the wrong condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease?
The symptoms of chronic Lyme disease can manifest differently from one person to another. In some individuals, these symptoms may be the first symptoms of the disease. That’s one of the things that makes it so hard to treat.
Chronic Lyme disease symptoms can include any, or a mix of the following:
- Brain Fog
- Stiff neck
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Cognitive impairment
- Sleep disturbance
- Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
- Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea
- Chest pain, palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling, burning or shooting pains
For many patients with chronic Lyme disease, inflammation is present and affects the joints and also the nervous system. Muscle and joint symptoms are the most common of the chronic Lyme disease symptoms and can occur in 80 percent of individuals with Lyme disease who have not been treated with antibiotics. Joint pain occurs in 20 percent of individuals, intermittent episodes of arthritis (joint inflammation) in 50 percent, and persistent arthritis of a single joint (usually a knee) or a few joints in 10 percent of those who have not been treated.
Chronic Lyme disease symptoms can present as neurologic symptoms including pain, difficulty with memory or thinking, and odd sensations, such as numbness. However, late neurologic manifestations of Lyme disease are quite rare, and therefore, these types of non-specific symptoms usually have causes other than Lyme disease.
Solutions to Chronic Lyme Disease
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we believe that the best treatment for Lyme disease is ozone therapy. Ozone is a substance that is found at high atmospheric levels – you’ve heard of the ozone layer. For medical purposes, ozone is created by sending oxygen through an electrical coil, causing it to have three atoms instead of two – it’s no longer O2; it’s now O3. This third atom makes for oxygen that is “supercharged”, giving it superior medical properties.
Ozone works by increasing the amount of oxygen in your body. This helps it to heal by:
- Detoxifying your liver
- Decreasing the level of uric acid in your body
- De-clogging your blood cells
- Improving your circulation
- Killing fungi, viruses and bacteria
- Improving cellular metabolism
- Enhancing your immune system
When you consider the myriad ways in which ozone benefits your body, it’s easy to see how it helps to counteract the immunosuppressant effects of various diseases, including Lyme disease. It’s believed that ozone therapy can prevent and control a variety of conditions.
At LifeWorks Wellness Center, the ozone therapy is administered intravenously. While Major Autohemotherapy (MAH) is delivered, the patient simply relaxes in a comfortable chair. His or her blood is extracted and delivered to an IV bag. Then ozone is injected, and the bag is agitated in order to allow the ozone to be absorbed by the blood cells. The ozonated blood is then sent back to the body through an IV drip. Another alternative is Biophoton Therapy or UVBI treatment in which a small quantity of blood is drawn from patient, mixed in a bag with saline, infused with ozone and then exposed to UV light as it returns to the body, via an IV drip. Ozone therapy is a key part of Lyme disease treatment and our Lyme disease patient testimonials speak of its efficacy.
When treating Lyme disease we usually combine ozone therapy with one or more other modalities. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) and Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (MAS Mat) are both offered to patients who have a lot of pain as part of their symptoms. IV therapy such as Myers’ Cocktails are very beneficial is boosting the immune system back up and Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant which potentiates the Myers’ Cocktail.
Get Effective Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment
Many residents of Tampa Bay have already benefited from our chronic Lyme disease treatment protocols, and we’d be happy to help you as well. Please feel free to request a consultation or contact us at 727-466-6789 for an appointment or inquire online today.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.