By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek, ND, CNC, Atlanta, Ga
The number of people living with Lyme Disease is much higher than we know. Lyme comes from a deer tick bite and sometimes leaves the person with a round bull’s eye rash. If diagnosed and treated early, the person can get better and stay that way. Usually, one course of antibiotics is perfect if treated right away. But this is not the norm.
I can still visualize the doctor in Oswego, NY, that I went to when I first had a tick bite and initial Lyme Disease symptoms; I had to forgive him. If he had known what early Lyme symptoms were, ran a blood test for Lyme, and treated me, it would never have turned into chronic Lyme Disease. He really would have saved my life and years of pain.
The bite of the Deer Tick causes Lyme Disease. The most common form, Borrelia Burgdorferi, is an organism with a remarkable ability to mask its presence, going undetected by the immune system. The person often starts to have symptoms in a few days, others a few weeks, and some can take a “trigger” as a fall or accident, and the symptoms start then.
My feet and legs felt odd, then my stomach hurt, and then came in debilitating fatigue. I had no idea I was living with Lyme Disease, so I kept doing what I usually did in life. Later on (around one year later), my legs started to hurt a lot more, and they collapsed from under me one night while I was working in the student union at college. Things got a lot worse from here.
Also, along with Lyme Disease (Borrelia), other infections can be transmitted. These are called “co-infections,” but they are just as important as the primary infection. It depends on your immune system and how it handles them.
All infections have affected cognitive abilities like reading, thinking, and motor skills such as walking, driving, speaking, or even merely holding your fork at dinnertime. And many people say they have terrible joint pain.
When dealing with a tick bite that has caused a chronic illness like long-term Lyme Disease, I find it crucial to do a few things to feel better.
1) Discover which Lyme infections they have and if they are active or dormant.
2) Run regular labs to see where the body needs extra TLC to help it function at its best.
3) Adjust the diet to reduce pain and inflammation and increase health and wellness.
4) Reduce stress – even if that means making life changes or improvements. Put yourself first to heal.
Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones who recovered from long-term Lyme caused by a little, nasty tick bite in upstate New York. Not everyone improves, but many people do if given the proper guidance. I live my life as stress-free as possible, exercise daily, and practice self-care. I also work hard and rest between activities, so I do not cause a flare.
After years of therapies and treatments, I have concluded that the less invasive the treatment, the better. I have found herbal remedies that have worked wonders on many clients. Some need more but not always. Dietary adjustments have helped too. I would love to meet you in my office or virtually and help you get your life back.
Hugs and Love,
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