Lyme disease is one of today's most challenging healthcare problems. In addition to being difficult to prevent, the condition's wide range of symptoms and individualized presentation also makes it difficult to diagnose. Worse, many people suffer inadequate treatment after a diagnosis, with long-term effects that can be disastrous to their health. Serenity Health Care Center in Waukesha, WI offers exceptional, specialized expertise in Lyme disease and the most complete Lyme disease treatment available.
10 Signs You May Need to Get Lyme Disease Treatment
There are both acute signs of Lyme disease, which show up in a few days or weeks following transmission, and also symptoms of chronic Lyme disease, which develops over time when the disease hasn't been treated right away. The symptoms of Lyme disease often mimic the symptoms of other diseases or discomforts we might experience in everyday life, such as fatigue or joint pain.
This "masquerade effect" makes Lyme disease easy to overlook, which can be extremely dangerous. The first five signs on the following list are acute symptoms that show up sooner than later. Left untreated, the second five signs are an indication that the disease may have been resident for months or longer:
1) The Bull's Eye Rash
About a week after Lyme disease infection, 20-30% of people develop a telltale rash somewhere on their body. It's not generally itchy or painful, but it grows larger over the course of a few days. As it grows, it sometimes looks like a target – a discolored circle of skin with a bull's eye in the middle that looks like a bite.
2) Fever and Chills
These days we're all especially concerned with fever and the need to monitor our temperature when we're not feeling well. Ticks don't travel through the air; they lurk in grasses. If you're experiencing fever even when you've stayed safe in every other respect, you may have Lyme disease.
3) Joint Pain
Left untreated, Lyme disease can wreak havoc on the body's joints and become a spearhead for painful chronic arthritis that lasts a lifetime. If you're experiencing an unusual new pain or stiffness in one or more of your joints, it may well be a symptom of Lyme disease and you should be examined.
We all get the occasional headache for a variety of reasons, so it's easy to miss this sign. If headaches become persistent or have unusual intensity, it's time to question why. Unfortunately, Lyme disease is extremely prevalent in our region.
5) Unusual Fatigue
This is another symptom that's easy to overlook. We live in busy, stressful times and stress is a natural lever for fatigue. However, if you're feeling notably more tired each day than you think you ought to be, it may not be ordinary fatigue. Feeling inordinately tired is also a frequent symptom of Lyme disease.
6) Joint Inflammation
Moving beyond stiffness into severe inflammation and pain around the joints, later Lyme disease brings on arthritis, which is a chronic condition that can only be managed rather than cured. If your knees, ankles or other large joints are swollen and painful, Lyme disease may be the culprit.
7) Facial Disfigurement
Left untreated, Lyme disease induces a form of palsy on the facial muscles. If you've noticed that the skin or muscles around your mouth, cheeks or eyes have become numb or misshapen in any way, you may need to seek Lyme disease treatment.
8) Shortness of Breath
This symptom is one that everyone is aware of these days and should never be taken lightly under any circumstances. Respiratory changes, which lead to dizziness and contribute to fatigue, are a common effect of entrenched Lyme disease.
9) Ocular Infections
The bacteria in Lyme disease can interact with and even empower other harmful pathogens in our body. One of the most vulnerable organs is the eye, and eye infections, including conjunctivitis (pinkeye) are frequent advanced symptoms. These diseases are painful and contagious, and can permanently damage vision.
10) Heart Problems
Palpitations and irregular heart rhythms may be signs that the Lyme disease has attacked the heart muscle. This syndrome, called Lyme carditis, is a deeply serious condition that can be fatal if not treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme carditis appears in 1 of every 100 patients.
Thorough Treatment: More Than You Think
Most people who are familiar with Lyme disease assume that treatment is simple and the disease is completely cured with a course of antibiotics. The truth is actually much more complex. Clinical evidence shows that the typical antibiotic treatment does of course kill the Lyme disease parasite. However, it does not kill the toxic residue that the Lyme disease cells release when they're destroyed.
This leftover after-effect, known as an "endotoxin," remains a health hazard to the patient even after antibiotic treatment. The body needs to be detoxified, and its tools for discarding harmful toxins should be strengthened with vitamins and complementary therapies.
An Integrated Approach
In considering the most effective Lyme disease treatment, antibiotics on their own are inadequate and leave many patients still-vulnerable to the disease's effects. Our bodies have outstanding capabilities for fighting infections and eliminating harmful toxins. Lyme disease places tremendous strain on these systems, which require assistance during treatment and rebuilding once the antibiotics have run their course.
Beyond immediate therapy that destroys the bacteria at the root of Lyme disease, an integrated approach ensures that the body heals itself from the damages and symptoms that the disease has inflicted.
State-of-the-Art Treatment for Lyme Disease
Lyme disease should not be taken lightly. The disease is not only virulent, its symptoms often resemble other physical complaints, so they get overlooked. Many Lyme disease patients are misdiagnosed, and many that are diagnosed correctly are often treated incompletely. Effective treatment requires more than pills. Thorough recoveries are achieved through a holistic approach that engages the entire body
Detox and Rejuvenation
A full approach for treatment includes a detoxification process that helps the body flush the harmful residue through its natural elimination processes. In order to do this, our Lyme disease experts map the patient's specific body chemistry and needs in a finding called a "bio terrain," so that an individualized treatment plan can be formulated.
Bodily depletions caused by Lyme disease can be rebuilt through an individualized regimen of intravenous nutrients and supplements. These therapies assist the body's immune system and allow its regenerative abilities to operate at peak capacity. Finally, a considered selection of herbal supplements helps restore and retain overall wellness, without the need for additional medications.
How Do I Get Started?
Lyme disease can be effectively dealt with, but early detection is critical. The longer the disease is present, the more damage it does and the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you suspect you may have Lyme disease because you've seen a telltale rash or connected the dots to other symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Our practitioners are experts in Lyme disease treatment. We offer the most accurate testing systems and an investigative approach that finds the Lyme disease that's hiding behind other symptoms. If you think you may have Lyme disease, schedule an appointment today with Serenity Health Care Center in Waukesha, WI, serving the greater Milwaukee area.