Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Accurately diagnosing Lyme disease requires a thorough, comprehensive plan

The Lyme literate practitioners at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee have years of experience diagnosing Lyme disease. We’ve helped many patients who have been struggling with debilitating health issues that were never properly diagnosed or treated. Our approach to diagnosing Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections is much more comprehensive than the methods that traditional medicine and many integrative medicine clinics use.

Diagnosing Lyme disease with a detective’s eye and medical expertise

Diagnosing Lyme disease can be a challenge, but our medical detective team is on the case. The practitioners at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee leave no stone unturned when searching for tick-borne diseases. Our years of experience tell us that every person fighting Lyme disease is unique, and the only way to improve their quality of life is to look at the whole person and examine several aspects of their health.

We employ several diagnostic tools in our search for answers

For traditional medicine providers, diagnosing Lyme disease usually begins with two tests, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test and the IFA test. According to LymeDisease.org, these tests fail to diagnose Lyme disease 56% of the time.1 Our experience tells the team at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee that an accurate diagnosis is only possible when we employ a variety of tests and methods.

  • IGeneX testing with the Western blot test, immunoblot and I-testing. These tests are more accurate than the tests conventional medicine uses for diagnosing Lyme disease. These assays are sensitive enough to detect early and late stage Lyme disease, even though antibodies are often low during these stages of the condition.
  • Ondamed is one of the alternative therapies we use to help our Lyme literate practitioners identify coinfections and parasitic diseases. This unique, non-invasive technology scans the patient’s body in conjunction with biofeedback to help identify inflammation and infections.
  • Thermography is another non-invasive alternative therapy that we use for diagnosing Lyme disease. Thermographic imaging employs digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) to map differences in the body’s skin temperature. Subtle temperature changes indicate potential areas of inflammation and injury.

Our practitioners also use Ondamed and thermography for treating Lyme disease.

Our Lyme literate practitioners understand the complexities of Lyme disease

Lyme disease is known as the great imitator because the symptoms of Lyme disease often mimic other diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and depression. Our practitioners go above and beyond when diagnosing Lyme disease to ensure that patients receive an accurate diagnosis.

Provider experience matters with Lyme disease, and our practitioners not only have years of experience, but they have also trained with nationally recognized experts. Debra Muth ND received her training from Richard I. Horowitz MD who is renowned for his knowledge about Lyme disease. Daniel Cameron MD, a nationally acclaimed leader in the field, trained our physician, Greg Brown MD. Contact us for an appointment at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee.

1 https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/diagnosis/