Treating chronic Lyme disease involves a comprehensive approach to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with this condition. Chronic Lyme is a multi-system disease that can have devastating effects on an individual’s health, and quality of life.
The political climate surrounding Lyme disease, including pervasive denial of the actual existence of chronic Lyme, has often limited our patients’ access to accurate diagnosis and effective care. The physical and emotional toll of this can be far-reaching. At RestorMedicine we are committed to reversing this pattern and getting our patients the care, support and treatment they need and deserve.
Here are some key aspects we consider when addressing chronic Lyme disease:
Diagnosis and Assessment
We begin by ensuring an accurate diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease. This may involve reviewing an individual’s medical history, symptoms, and previous treatments. Additional diagnostic tests, such as specialized blood tests or imaging studies, may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the condition. We recognize that standard Lyme testing is inadequate and has led to many false negative results over the years. We offer the most advanced and specialized testing available.
As chronic Lyme disease often affects multiple body systems, a multidisciplinary approach is often beneficial. Our patients benefit from our naturopathic, integrative care, while recognizing that other team members may be needed. That team may comprise specialists such as neurologists and rheumatologists; or other more complementary therapists such as acupuncturists or chiropractic neurologists. We are happy to work as part of a team approach.
Develop an individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s specific symptoms, medical history, and goals. This plan may combine various approaches, including antibiotic therapy, symptom management strategies, complementary and alternative therapies, nutritional counseling and lifestyle modifications.
Depending on the patient’s condition, long-term or intermittent courses of antibiotics may be prescribed. This treatment aims to target persistent Lyme bacteria and co-infections. The specific antibiotic regimen is determined specifically for each individual and regularly monitored for effectiveness and potential side effects.
Chronic Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, cognitive difficulties, and neurological issues. Developing strategies to manage these symptoms is crucial. This may involve medications, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, pain management techniques, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture or herbal supplements.
Emotional and Mental Support
Chronic illness can take a toll on a person’s mental and emotional well-being. Providing support through counseling, support groups, or connecting patients with mental health professionals experienced in chronic illness can be beneficial. Dr. Nicola offers a group coaching program designed to help patients rewire their brain for healing, as well as one-on-one sessions in this area.
A healthy diet and proper nutrition play a vital role in supporting overall well-being. We work with our patients to develop a customized dietary plan that supports their immune system, reduces inflammation, and promotes optimal health.