Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America. It is a bacterial illness that is spread by Deer Tick bites and most likely any biting insect including mosquitos. Lyme disease patients live a life of chronic pain, with various debilitating conditions that affect the body and mind.

 
 

Standard treatments are often Ineffective

Misdiagnosis is more common than most people realize. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, Chronic Fatigue and other autoimmune diseases. When Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses are misdiagnosed, the disease-causing infection has more time to spread, which can lead to more severe or chronic health issues. 

Lyme disease occurs in phases — the early phase beginning at the site of the bite with an expanding ring of redness like a bull’s eye. Lyme disease can also affect the skin, joints, heart, and the nervous system.

The chronic phase of tick borne diseases (Lyme disease) can be very difficult to detect and often misdiagnosed as MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis and psychiatric disorders. Standard treatments are often ineffective, costly and endless.
  • Stage 1 (Detection)

    This is often called the “early localized” stage of the disease. Symptoms start a few days to a few weeks after coming in contact with the disease. The symptoms of stage 1 Lyme disease are similar to the flu. If the sufferer doesn’t realize or remember they were bitten, it makes it difficult to link to a bite.


    • Erythema Migrans or bull’s-eye rash
    • Severe Headaches
    • Neck Stiffness
    • Joint Pain
    • Muscle Pain
    • Dizziness
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Nerve Pain or Numbness
    • Tingling Pain
    • Shooting Pain
    • Memory Loss
    • Swelling



  • Stage 2 (Early Disseminated)

    Stage 2 of Lyme disease can start weeks to months after the infection enters the system. This phase is know as the “early disseminated stage” of Lyme Disease. The symptoms in stage 2 often overlap with those in stage 1. Stage 2 occurs when Lyme disease is not detected immediately or initial anti-biotic treatment does not kill the bacteria in its entirely. Stage 2 symptoms include:


    • Rash
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Stiffness
    • Facial Palsy
    • Headaches
    • Muscle Aches
    • Confusion or Memory Loss
    • Pain
    • Vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Cough

  • Stage 3 (Late Chronic)

    Stage 3 Lyme disease can effect patients months to years after the initial infection. By this point the infection has multiplied and infected tissues and organs within the body. When multiplying, many patients experience little or no symptoms, leading them to believe the bacteria is no longer within their system. When symptoms reappear, they often mimic that of other illnesses like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia and other autoimmune disorders. It is important to mention that patients who have received treatment for Lyme disease may still be at risk. Post-treatment lyme disease (PTLD) may affect up to 50% of people who receive treatment at stage 1. Stage 3 symptoms are severe and debilitating and can include:


    • Extreme Fatigue
    • Chronic Pain and Soreness
    • Depression, Anxiety, Stress
    • Cognitive Impairment
    • Migraines and Headaches
    • Arthritis
    • Insomnia
    • Bell’s Palsy
    • Loss of Vision
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Irregular Heartbeat


Delaware Integrative Medicine is a Lyme Literate Institution that specializes in an integrative approach to the treatment of Lyme disease.


Dr. Childers, a respected international clinician in the treatment of Lyme associated diseases, frequently presents new findings at medical conferences.

Here he presented to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society on “Integrative Approaches to Tick-Borne Diseases”.

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