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Lyme disease, caused by the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi from tick bites is a chronic condition characterized by an initial bullseye rash. The bacterial invasion hijacks the immune system resulting in susceptibility to co-infections, loss of cognitive function, and repeated reappearance of flu-like symptoms. Over time, many Lyme patients experience a worsening health curve.
An even uglier truth is post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), a mysterious condition where chronic symptoms persist long after flushing out the pathogen from the body. The reason for recurring Lyme symptoms is not yet fully understood by the medical industry.
Today we are bringing PTLDS into the limelight to look at
- What is post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS)?
- How is it different from acute Lyme infection?
- Why do symptoms persist?
- How can Lyme disease be fully healed?
Let’s take a closer look.
Life With Lyme Disease
Lyme disease in its clinical presentation mimics multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders, which is why it often goes misdiagnosed. Left unchecked, the bacterial invasion can wreak havoc on the immune, cardiovascular and nervous system which is extremely taxing for the patient.
The industry standard for treating Lyme is a long list of antibiotics for the elimination of bacterial load from the body.
Unfortunately, the sad reality is that conventional antibiotics are being used despite their many shortcomings and unwanted side effects. Of these shortcomings, gut microbiome destruction is possibly the worst. A poor gut microbiome further suppresses an already weak immune system leaving the patient susceptible to other bacterial, viral, and fungal coinfections.
The way Lyme disease and PTLDS are currently being handled puts a spotlight on the disconnect in our healthcare system.
Is there a better way to treat Lyme disease?
Lyme Light – A New Integrative Healing Modality for Lyme Disease
Contrary to the conventional antibiotic-based strategy, Innovative Medicine’s approach is aimed at restoring complete health by taking into consideration the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dysfunction of the patient suffering from Lyme.
Read our article, A new integrative approach to Lyme disease, to see what sets us apart.
Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
PTLDS is a condition seen long after antibiotic treatment, where prolonged neurocognitive symptoms in the absence of a clinically detectable infection, are seen.
A report from the Journal of Reumatologia stated that approximately 10% of patients with Lyme disease continue experiencing musculoskeletal pain and have trouble restoring full cognitive function after antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease.
What’s confusing is that PTLDS symptoms significantly overlap with Lyme disease itself. For patients who believe they are on a road to recovery, resurfacing symptoms can be immensely traumatic.
“But I thought I was improving, why are my Lyme disease symptoms worsening again?” is a frequent thought that disrupts the emotional wellbeing of a Lyme patient. Not surprisingly, this can lead to feelings of despair and lifelong use of medication and/or steroids for PTLDS pain management.
While Lyme disease itself has a clear diagnosis in sight, the occurrence of PTLDS has left the medical industry largely confused.
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome – Why Do Symptoms Persist?
Why are symptoms seen, long after bacterial elimination?
Long-term stress combined with an acute infection can cause the limbic system to be hyper-activated. Our ability to detect danger or threats and activate a fight-or-flight reaction is primarily a function of the limbic system. A well-regulated limbic system in a healthy person is selectively triggered but knows when to return to homeostasis.
With chronic illnesses such as Lyme, we often see the limbic system become massively dysregulated. An impaired stress response tricks the mind and body to perpetually be in an “ON” fight or flight state.
The Cortisol Connection: Are You Addicted to Your Pain?
Cortisol, the stress hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, connects the limbic system to the rest of the body via the HPA axis. Chronic stress in the form of Lyme co-infections keeps the HPA axis functioning over time leading to cortisol addiction (survival mode).
An autopilot cortisol addiction forces the body to remain in an eternal state of survival mode with unceasing PTLDS inflammation and chronic pain.
Full Recovery From PTLDS – Exiting Survival Mode
Patients with Lyme disease often carry a tremendous toxic burden in their minds and body. The bacterial load and inflammation-induced toxicity in the connective tissue are well established. To this end, full-body detoxification tremendously reduces toxic load and restores health to the organs of elimination. But the little acknowledged fact by the current healthcare industry is that negative emotions are toxins too.
Chronic pain that stems from an overactive HPA axis pushes Lyme patients into a “why me?” victim mindset.
Neuro emotional therapies aimed at reprogramming the subconscious mind help regulate an overstimulated HPA axis and the vicious loop of cortisol addiction associated with it.
Releasing trapped negative emotions with Neuro emotional technique (NET) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has been seen to be beneficial for healing emotional trauma associated with PTLDS. EFT targets energy meridian points on the body and is particularly useful for releasing trapped emotions.
Additionally, for Lyme and PTLDS patients, ACMOS, an energy balancing therapy at NYCIM, offers energetic biofeedback about healing and repair seen at the cellular level. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles of Qi energy flow, ACMOS provides an accurate assessment of the effectiveness of detoxification, bacterial load removal, and organ function.
Life After Lyme
Healing from Lyme disease does not end when the bacterial load is removed. The current medical industry is hyper-focused on bacterial elimination, which leads to the psycho-emotional trauma component being often overlooked.
At Innovative Medicine, we believe that focusing on mind, body, and soul is how perfect health can be restored. Complete healing from Lyme disease and PTLDS is seen only when the patient and disease are treated from a biochemical, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual perspective.
If you are a patient currently crippled by Lyme disease, know that complete healing and restoration of perfect health is indeed possible. Write to us to learn more about Lyme disease treatments.
Innovative Medicine is a leader in advanced integrative medicine. Our world renowned clinic, NYCIM treats patients from all parts of the globe with chronic, said to be ‘intractable’ illnesses and sees extraordinary results. Careful curation of all medicines, products and supplements used at, and recommended by IM in an integral part of their processes. As they say “high quality products = high quality health.” – Click here to learn more about IM’s curation process and quality standards.
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