Diagnosis and treatment of lyme disease

Lyme disease is currently the most under-reported emerging infection in this country.  Its symptoms mimic three hundred different medical conditions.  People can be infected with it for years and never know it.  The infection may not be recognized until the person either gets a new bite from another infected tick or any other infected biting insect or spider.  Or, if the person who has previously been infected and had not been showing symptoms undergoes some other major life stress such as car accident or other physical injury, or emotional stress such as a divorce, death in the family, loss of a job, looses their home, or other financial/personal insecurity issue.  All of these situations both physical and emotional lower the body’s immune system to where it can no longer contain the infection and strange symptoms in multiple organ systems begin to appear.
Not everyone shows up with an embedded tick and a bull’s eye rash, experience tells us that is usually the rarest presentation.  Acute exposure needs to be treated immediately with the correct medications at high enough doses  for a long enough period of time.  What is printed in the Sanford guide that doctors are trained to consult when faced with an infectious disease question is inadequate to clear an acute infection.  Most importantly, most people who end up with Lyme disease never see the tick or have a rash.
Dr. Talty never went looking to be a Lyme disease specialist.  In the course of curiously trying to figure out complex pain and musculoskeletal pain conditions, it found her, and she it.  Beginning in 2004 her physical medicine practice began to transform to include this mysterious infectious disease as an underlying cause and origin of her patients symptoms.  Following the ILADS guidelines for treatment she immersed herself in the world of treating acute and chronic Lyme disease and in the process has found herself in the middle of one of the largest controversies in medicine today.  In spite of the conventional infectious disease medical communities current position, people do get better with long courses of multiple antibiotics and integrative medical treatments.  The disease can exist in the face of negative objective laboratory testing.  Many times the objective laboratory diagnosis is made after appropriate medical therapy is initiated and well underway.
Unfortunately there are some negative associations put upon those suffering from Lyme disease.  People suffering from Lyme disease are not benefiting by being sick.  They are not “looking for an explanatory diagnosis.” They often feel too sick to work and end up loosing their ability to make a living.  They often are unable to care for themselves and their families and slowly decline into states of disability.  Borrelia Burgdorferi infection (Lyme disease), along with its three possible co-infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasma/Ehrlichia, as well as many chronic viral illnesses), are often the underlying cause of syndrome diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.  The bacteria feed on connective tissue of every kind and use the blood stream as their super-highway in order to get around.
Using IGeneX testing which is currently the most sensitive and specific laboratory testing available, along with the CD57, we are often able to objectively prove Lyme disease is present.  This provides essential information for insurance companies so that they are obligated to cover the staggering costs of treating this disease.
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