Lyme Disease Treatment

“The Great Imitator”

Lyme Disease is an increasingly prevalent acute and chronic condition that is of particular concern in the Eastern United States.  Unfortunately, current conventional diagnosis and treatment is often inadequate.  Through the use of advanced specialty lab testing, ILADS protocols, and natural therapies our patients are able to achieve quicker and greater clinical success.

Standard laboratory screening tests fail to detect 51% of cases. In addition, standard laboratories have omitted several Lyme specific bands from the Western Blot test due to a vaccine that was briefly administered in the 90’s.   These bands (numbered 31 and 34) are highly indicative of Lyme (Borrelia burgdorferi) exposure, yet these bands are not included in standard commercial Lyme tests (even though the Lyme vaccine is no longer available).  These factors make Lyme disease very challenging to diagnose.  Often, patients see multiple practitioners without getting any explanation for why they feel so sick.

IGeneX Laboratories offers specialty Lyme testing using a Western Blot that includes the previously omitted 31 and 34 bands.  If done properly, there is a potential for up to 97% accuracy (vs. 49% through conventional labs).

Dr. Nicole Schertell and Dr. Andrew Chevalier  have diagnosed and treated numerous cases of Lyme Disease by using an integrative approach.  Our doctors use testing and treatment approaches based on ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) guidelines.  Office visits include a comprehensive evaluation, testing recommendations, and an individualized integrative treatment plan.  Naturopathic treatment of Lyme Disease takes into account the whole person and the multitude of bodily systems affected by the bacteria.  Treatment may include a combination of antibiotics (oral, intramuscular, or intravenous) with herbs, homeopathy, nutrition, detoxification support, inflammation support, and general immune support.  Lyme Disease also frequently attacks the endocrine system causing  hormone imbalances which may be addressed using bio-identical hormones if necessary.

Lyme Disease is referred to as “The Great Imitator” because it can disguise itself as many different illnesses, and it affects each person differently. The following list includes only a few of the many health conditions that may be a case of misdiagnosed Lyme Disease: Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Depression, Dementia/Alzheimer’s, and Menopausal Fevers/Sweats/Chills.

If you suspect you may have Lyme, please fill out this Lyme Disease & Co-Infection Questionnaire, and call our office to schedule an appointment or 15 minute free consult with one of our doctors (603-610-8882).