Lyme disease components of healing. Healing requires a holistic approach from diagnosis, treatment plans, and doctors to restoring balance to the body.
There are many areas to consider when talking about Lyme disease components of healing. Initially, getting an accurate diagnosis is not easy. The testing can give false positives as well as false negatives. Therefore, Lyme is becoming more of a clinical symptom diagnosis. You can read more on the accuracy and types of testing currently available for Lyme disease here.
If the disease is caught early then antibiotic treatment is more successful. However, this is not always the case. Many people don’t even know they have been bitten. The nymph tick is the size of a poppy seed and can look like a tiny freckle.The diagnosis may not be made until the disease has advanced.
There are many treatment options to think about. You need to decide which doctor/s are the best match for you. You will also need to research and consider whether you want to use antibiotics, herbs, or a combination in your plan.
It is not as simple as taking medications and being all better. Lyme disease and co-infection treatments cause the bugs to die-off in great numbers. When bugs die, they release toxins. Your body then has to deal with processing out all these toxins. Sometimes you can feel worse when starting new treatments. This is due to a reaction known as herxheimer described here.
Treatment: Lyme disease components of healing
Sadly, many experts in the treatment of Lyme disease (Lyme Literate Medical Doctors or LLMDs) are not covered by your insurance plans. There is controversy surrounding the effectiveness and dangers of long-term antibiotic treatments. Some doctors have even been taken to court. This leads to the need for very large insurance protection plans for these doctors. This also leads to very expensive fees for patients to see these specialists.
The Center for Disease Control recognizes that there are people who have taken full courses of prescribed antibiotics but remain ill. They call this experience post Lyme disease syndrome which the CDC describes here.
Some physicians disagree. They believe that Lyme is able to protect itself using cyst and biofilm forms. This allows the bacteria to protect themselves from antibiotics in the bloodstream. They resurface when conditions are right such as when you are in a weakened state.
Doctors: Lyme disease components of healing
I personally tried three different doctors and several rounds of antibiotics only to spiral downhill and feel worse. After a full year of this, I decided to take control and really research what was working for people.
I eventually found a team of doctors that were able to work in parallel to help me start feeling better. The team consisted of a holistic MD who combined natural and herbal medications with pharmaceuticals. He killed Lyme bacteria and co-infections while working on thyroid and hormonal imbalances. Another key team player was an acupuncturist who had restored his own health from Lyme infection. He did this using his own Chinese herbal medications and acupuncture.
Finally, I worked closely with an applied kinesiology doctor who helped me heal my gut. My gut was damaged from a year of antibiotic usage. This doctor also provided symptoms management, pain relief, supplements and herbs.
I use applied kinesiology, nutrition, and quarterly appointments with my MD to maintain my own health now. This includes taking some key supplements and antimicrobial herbs. It can be a long, bumpy journey but with hard work, discipline, and the right team of doctors, I believe you can live a functional life full of joy and happiness.
Restore: Lyme disease components of healing
Restoring balance and normal body function, including that of your immune system is key in your healing journey. This is where nutrition comes in. You have to help your body along throughout your treatment by eating well, hydrating properly, sleeping enough, detoxifying, exercising in moderation, nurturing your psyche, and adapting a positive mindset. If you don’t believe that you will get well, you probably won’t. Healing from Lyme disease is a process but it is possible.
In the next series of seven posts, I will address each area that I feel are components which could help you, help yourself be well. Something makes us good hosts for these bugs. Follow along and learn about ways to make your own bodies bad bug hosts and kick those buggers to the curb!
*Disclaimer: The information provided in this website is for informational purposes. It is based on my own personal experiences and opinions. I am not a medical doctor and what is written should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. The product links are not meant to be construed as medications or treatments and you should consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbal products, or starting exercise programs.