Treating Lyme disease with antibiotics alone is not enough for many patients. Unlike most traditional physicians, the Lyme literate practitioners at our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee have the experience and training to understand the complexities of this often-misunderstood disease.
The ambiguous symptoms of Lyme disease, along with inaccurate tests, lead to misdiagnoses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Even when patients receive an accurate diagnosis, treating Lyme disease is often limited to an antibiotic regimen that is typically only effective for patients in the early stages of Lyme disease. Sometimes, even early-stage patients will continue to have problems after antibiotic treatment.
When treating Lyme disease, it is crucial to address the patient’s immune system. Borrelia, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, may be embedded deep within cells, brain tissue and cartilage, making it resistant to antibiotics. In addition, the bacteria can have a devastating effect on a patient’s immune system, leading to other health issues over time.
Practitioners who are treating Lyme disease also need to understand a substance called biofilm and its relationship to coinfections. Bacteria forms a substance called biofilm that attaches itself to cells and spreads throughout the body. When left untreated, biofilm can affect patients who already have a compromised immune system. Lack of immunity allows biofilm to spread more readily and contribute to coinfections such as gastrointestinal problems and skin conditions associated with Lyme disease.
In addition to prescribing antibiotics, if appropriate, our practitioners employ a multi-step program when treating Lyme disease.
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