how serious is lyme disease

How Serious is Lyme Disease?

Alane Wincek, ND, CNC
Lyme Literate, holistic nutritionist, naturopath, author
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Medical Doctor on staff 

June 15, 2023

How Serious is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a potentially serious illness that can have a significant impact on an individual’s health if left untreated or not properly managed.

Lyme disease can be serious, particularly for those not diagnosed or treated in the early stages. When Lyme disease is not diagnosed or treated promptly, it can progress quickly and cause difficult symptoms that may impact your quality of life. Some people with long-term Lyme may experience chronic fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, cognitive difficulties, and neuro-Lyme symptoms. The severity and persistence of Lyme symptoms can vary from person to person.

Because Lyme Disease is a complex and challenging condition, seeking the guidance of a Lyme-literate professional who understands and even lives with the illness can be life-saving. For example, I am a holistic nutritionist and naturopath and got Lyme disease in the early 1980s. I have firsthand experience with the condition and comprehensively understand the various treatment approaches. Some work, some do not. I can save you time, money, and energy.

I offer a direct and holistic strategy taking in your unique health needs. I work hard to improve the quality of your life and provide you with the tools needed to support or manage the serious and often chronic nature of Lyme disease.

How serious is Lyme disease? Very! 

Does Lyme Disease Ever Go Away? 

Lyme disease can have long-lasting symptoms, and the longer it goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more challenging it becomes for the infection to go away completely. However, with appropriate treatment and management, the symptoms can significantly diminish, leading to an improved quality of life for individuals affected by Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is known for its potential to cause persistent long-term symptoms even after medical treatment. Individuals may sometimes experience chronic symptoms of debilitating fatigue, joint pain, cognitive difficulties, and other lingering symptoms.

It is important to note that early diagnosis and prompt treatment significantly increase the likelihood of successful recovery. When Lyme disease is left undiagnosed or untreated for an extended period, the bacteria can spread throughout the body, making it more challenging to eradicate. The condition turns chronic at this point, and a Lyme-literate professional will work hard to improve the person’s symptoms, reduce inflammation, and halt any disease progression.

The best way to explain this is when the Lyme was at its worst for me; I could not walk. Everyday tasks were almost impossible to do. After years of holistic therapy and comprehensive testing for Lyme and metabolic health, the symptoms drastically improved, and so did the quality of my life. I tend not to think about curing my illness rather than staying on top of it and letting it get any more control over my life. I am stronger than it is. I have known people to insist on curing it, and the toll their body takes with years of treatment does not always seem worth it.

Even when someone’s Lyme disease turns chronic, a comprehensive approach that combines holistic modalities, lifestyle modifications, and supportive therapies can help address the symptoms and support the body’s healing process. While complete eradication of the infection may be challenging, the goal is to manage and minimize symptoms, allowing individuals to regain functionality and experience a significant improvement in their overall well-being.


What Are the Top 3 Severe Symptoms of Lyme disease? 

Here is a list of some of the top 3 severe symptoms of Lyme disease. Our wellness clinic can help you feel better even if you have any one of these. 

  • Fever is a top severe symptom of Lyme disease in the early stage and fevers that come and go may be a long lasting symptom. 
  • A rash like a bullseye is the top symptom people notice in Lyme disease. Not everyone gets the rash though. 
  • Many people get an initial or late stage facial paralysis as a symptom of Lyme disease. 
  • Arthritis and chronic pain that can be debilitating is a top severe symptom many people have with Lyme disease. 

Want to read about Alane’s personal Lyme disease story? Click here to read more. 

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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek , ND, CNC. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health. 

In the 1980s, I came down with Lyme Disease, which changed my life. Unable to walk for five long years and then trying everything to get better was a daily task. I succeeded and welcome the opportunity to tell you how.

I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, and recover from all sorts health challenges including Lyme.

Obsessed With: my family, my dog, my clients, loving life, and living it to the fullest! 

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