Lyme disease in Wisconsin is a growing problem. When winters are warmer, the tick population increases, creating more risk. The Wisconsin Department of Health reports that there were 38,000 cases reported in the state between 1980 and 2015. We treat many people in our region for this disease at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee.
Lyme disease is transmitted to humans by infected black legged or deer ticks. The ticks get the disease from biting infected animals. Lyme disease in Wisconsin and the rest of the country is usually caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterial spirochete. In 2013, health department officials noted that a rare species of bacteria, Borrelia mayonii, was also causing some infections.
Even though our state has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease, practitioners still have difficulty diagnosing Lyme disease in Wisconsin. The bacteria that invade humans after they have been bitten can affect the skin, muscles, joints, nervous system, cardiovascular system, ocular tissue, sinus tissue, gastrointestinal tract and lungs.
Lyme disease is known as the great mimicker, and practitioners who are not very familiar with the disease often make the wrong diagnosis. To further complicate things, the disease affects each person differently, leading to many missed diagnoses of Lyme disease in Wisconsin and across the country.
Debra Muth, N.D., is one of the few Lyme literate practitioners in the state. She is an expert in this field and approaches Lyme disease from a functional medicine mindset, meaning she treats each individual as a whole person, not just a “case” or a set of symptoms.
Dr. Muth tests for Lyme disease using the more accurate Western blot test, instead of the conventional PCR testing favored by much of the conventional medicine community. She treats Lyme disease in Wisconsin with plans that are not available from a conventional medical doctor.
When a person is bitten by a tick that carries Lyme disease, they may also have coinfections. There are other diseases that the tick may carry, including:
These coinfections must be addressed in addition to Lyme disease. Patients who are dealing with Lyme disease in Wisconsin need to find a Lyme literate practitioner who understands this devastating disease and is willing to work diligently to help them regain their health and quality of life.
Dr. Muth and the staff at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee treat patients from the Midwest and other parts of the country who have Lyme disease. Contact us today to get help.
Dr. Hoffman passed away on May 7, 2017. He was nationally recognized as a leader in the treatment of Lyme disease. Dr. Debra Muth, who offers specialized treatment for Lyme disease at her functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, benefited from his time and knowledge about Lyme disease. Dr. Muth explains his legacy to the Lyme disease community:
“Dr. Hoffman was one of the founders of Lyme disease treatment in our area. He was an amazing doctor who went out of his way to care for as many patients as he could. He also went out of his way to educate practitioners who were interested in Lyme disease treatment. He was always willing to share knowledge and information and was very supportive and encouraging. Dr. Hoffman was all about treating the patient.”