Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States.
Many patients with chronic Lyme disease have had the experience of dealing with physicians, family members, and friends who did not believe there was a real disease behind all their symptoms.
Lyme disease is characterized by more than just an infection with Borrelia bugdorferi. It is a constantly morphing parasite that can evade the human immune system in many ways. It can change its outer protein coat. It can become an immune-neutral cyst. It can precipitate a Jarish-Herxheimer reaction. It is famous for co-existing with many other infecting organisms. Autoimmunity plays a significant role in the persistence of symptoms as well.
Laboratory tests include a myriad of esoteric and poorly sensitive studies that are notoriously difficult to obtain and interpret on a consistent basis. Most are also very expensive. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that the diagnosis of Lyme Disease should not be based on a test result but on the clinical impression of the healthcare provider.
The mainstay of treatment options currently employs multiple antibiotic regimens often used off-label. In dealing with a disease that is poorly understood many other modalities may be incorporated. Some of these treatment programs include nontraditional and non-Western complimentary medicine.
We do not represent this practice as possessing a cure for Lyme Disease. We are Lyme aware. We listen. We work with our patients as individual human beings. We present all treatment options within our experience and those that are being evaluated in the Lyme community.