Most people have heard of Lyme disease – a bacterial infection that is spread by ticks. The rate of infection has increased as the disease has spread to more regions of the country. What can be confusing about Lyme disease is that there is controversial and differing opinions on how to test and treat it. and the differences between acute and chronic versions of the disease. Western or conventional medicine and naturopathic doctors may have different approaches to diagnosing and treating the disease.
It is common for traditional Western medicine doctors to only look for and treat acute Lyme disease. This is when a patient has the classic symptoms of Lyme disease – a rash that resembles a “bull’s-eye” around the spot where the tick bite occurred. Doctors can test for Lyme and begin a regimen of antibiotics to treat the acute version of Lyme disease.
Chronic Lyme Disease
Unfortunately, not everyone who gets Lyme disease has a classic bull’s-eye rash or tests positive for Lyme. When this is the case, their symptoms are often misdiagnosed by Western-medicine physicians. Some of the symptoms that can continue for months and years after Lyme exposure include:
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Muscle pain – this can move throughout the body
- Tingling or numbness in extremities
- Memory loss or decreased cognitive function
- Cardiovascular problems
Without treatment, chronic Lyme disease can continue to deteriorate a person’s health, but it can remain undiagnosed for years.
If you have had ongoing health issues that are not getting better with conventional treatment, and you believe you may have been exposed to Lyme disease, consider visiting a naturopathic doctor. An ND is more likely to identify illnesses like chronic Lyme disease that can be impacting your overall health.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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