In our office, I regularly see patients who have come to us desperate for an answer. They’ve spent months, or years, battling chronic fatigue and weakness, body aches and depression, and their search for answers has left them frustrated. Either they’ve been incorrectly diagnosed or worse, they’ve been told their symptoms are all in their head.
As a practitioner who specializes in Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment, I can’t help but suspect Lyme when I see patients with a variety of unexplained symptoms. Unfortunately, doctors who aren’t trained in the disease often miss the diagnosis, unable to see past the surface level symptoms to an underlying infection. To be honest, Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnosis, simply because the way it presents varies from patient to patient.
How is Lyme Disease contracted?
Typically, a tick bite is the source of a Lyme infection. Thanks to efforts to spread information about Lyme prevention, many are on the lookout for trademark symptoms such as a tick bite followed by a bullseye rash, fever and headaches. Unfortunately, these symptoms only arise in some cases and in some case it may take years for symptoms to manifest. Additionally, my clinical experience has led me to conclude that ticks may not be the only source of lyme, but that this bacteria may be present in other insects.
So, what I often see is a missed diagnosis because of atypical symptoms that haven’t presented on the expected timeline.
How is Lyme Disease diagnosed?
In addition to the variations in the presentation of symptoms, the diagnosis of the disease is complicated. Blood tests are heavily relied on for the diagnosis of lyme disease, but these tests aren’t always accurate. In fact, it is believed that as many as 30% of patients who have been tested for Lyme disease receive a false negative. I have found that a false negative can occur if the timing of the test isn’t just right, if the patient’s immune system is suppressed or if they have contracted a strain that isn’t included in the blood test.
For this reason, clinical diagnosis is considered to be the best approach to pinpointing if Lyme is the cause behind unexplained symptom like chronic pain, fatigue or headaches. At Chiropractic Kinesiology Clinic, I look at our patient’s’ medical history, their symptoms and any potential exposure to Lyme disease as a means of diagnosis.
How is Lyme Disease treated?
After diagnosis, the most common way to treat Lyme disease is with antibiotics. This approach does offer results for the short term since it is meant to target the Lyme infection. Unfortunately, this is a complicated disease that may include additional infections and chronic symptoms that cannot be treated by typical antibiotics. There is also the issue of negative side effects associated with antibiotic use over an extended period of time. Antibiotics are known to wreak havoc on the digestive system, causing microbial imbalance and impairing the body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients.
I have chosen an alternative approach for this very reason. I work closely with each patient to create a unique treatment plan for each patient that delivers consistent results. My patient Rob Schuett, for instance, presented with brain fog, joint pain, shortness of breath and anxiety spent four months working with me and now reports being symptom free for three years.
“The team at Chiropractic Kinesiology Clinic has helped me get my life back by getting rid of my Lyme Disease,” he shared. “I spent 18 months, and thousands of dollars out of pocket, and one very scary hospitalization. Dr. Moore took care of me in just 4 months. I quite possibly owe the rest of my life to this team.”
There is hope for getting your life back, to feeling like yourself again. To learn more about our unique approach to diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, click here or call 816-889-8900 to schedule a consult with Dr. Jaban Moore.