Lyme Disease TreatmentNatural & Effective Options for Lyme & Co-Infections
Caught in the acute stages, Lyme Disease can often be effectively treated by antibiotics. But in the chronic stages of Lyme Disease antibiotics no longer work. Chronic Lyme mimics other illnesses (like multiple sclerosis or lupus); & causes a wide range of symptoms & issues. This makes it hard to diagnose & even harder to treat. Add to that the co-infections; plus the fact we don’t have readily available testing & treatment options for Acute Lyme in Australia; and it becomes a complex problem!
Lyme is known for the “bullseye” rash you see above, but did you know that only about 50% of people infected with Lyme Disease actually had the bullseye rash? Many don’t even remember being bitten by a tick! The rash can come up days or weeks after the bite, if at all. As for symptoms, Acute Lyme looks pretty much like the flu – fatigue, headache, fever, general feeling unwell. Therefore it’s often overlooked as “just the flu”. By the time you realise what you may have, you’ve already past the Acute Phase when Lyme generally responds to antibiotics.
Welcome to the hard road! When Lyme Disease becomes chronic is has numerous symptoms, in multiple bodily systems, causing extensive dysfunction in a broad range of areas. It’s been said to mimic as much as 50 other diseases and produce hundreds of symptoms. Studies done into chronic lyme tend to conclude that a single treatment does little to combate the disease; and that a multi-faceted approach focuses in individual symptoms is best. (Ford, S 2015)
I think I may have chronic lyme disease? What are the symptoms?
Firstly, did your poor health start by experiencing “the flu”, a phase of flu like symptoms, and you haven’t felt well since?
Review the table on the right to assess your symptoms.
- Head, Face & Neck
- Eyes & Vision
- Hearing & Ears
- Digestive Issues
- Muscles & Bones
- Respiratory & Cardio
- Neuro Issues
- Mental Health
- Mental Ability
- General Health
- unexplained hair loss
- headaches (mild to severe), pressure in the head
- seizures, lesions in the brain
- facial areas tingling or twitching
- stiff facial muscles, jaw pain
- sore throat, issues swallowing, phlegm, runny nose
- rashes that are bumpy in appearace
- flushing of the face
- visual disturbances like blurry vision, spots or double vision
- floaters in the eyes/increased floaters
- photophobia or light sensitivity
- swelling or pain in or around eyes
- flashing lights sensation, waves in outer vision, shadows in edges of vision
- ears feel full or plugged
- decreased hearing
- sensitive or oversensitive to sounds
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- inability to equalise ear pressure
- irritable bowel syndrome & related symptoms
- diarrhoea / constipation
- stomach upsets, nausesa
- reflux & burning in oesophagus
- abdominal bloating, distension
- joint stiffness or swelling, bone pain or aches, “tennis elbow”
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- limbs “go to sleep” easily, pins & needles feeling
- muscle cramps or pain, often diagnosed with fibromyalgia
- can feel short of breath, can’t breathe deeply enough
- night sweats, chills
- heart palpitations
- heart rhythm changes
- light-headedness, dizzy spells, feeling faint for no reason
- increase susceptibility to motion sickness
- tremours, shaking
- sensations of burning, tingling, stabbing pains
- fatigue ranging to extreme, often diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- peripheral neuropathy, paralysis in some areas
- feeling of pressure in head
- depression, feeling blue
- panic attacks
- over-reactions/over emotional
- inability to sleep or inability to stay awake
- trouble getting to sleep & staying asleep
- easily disoriented or feeling lost
- easily feel confused or have difficulty thinking
- forget what your doing or go to the wrong location
- speech issues, commonly slurring or slowed speech
- forgetting how to do common things
- weight changes, up or down, with no reason
- extreme fatigue
- skin irritations or feeling skin crawling
- intolerance to alcohol due to load on liver
- increased allergies or sensitivities
- feeling cold, body temp low
- symptoms vary and change constantly
- swollen glands & lymph nodes
- continue infections in various areas (UTI, sinus, eye infections etc)
Natural Lyme Treatment
As a fully qualified herbalist, our naturopath creates custom made herbal medicines for client unique health issues. This has the benefit of being able to provide multiple actions simultaneously and be readily absorbed.
Dried Herbs / Herbal Teas
Dried herbs are a speciality of our naturopath, hence the creation of her own brand Health Blends. She can develop dried herbal teas for your health needs, that is both delicious and effective. A gentle & supportive addition to any health regime.
Herbal medicine can also be delivered in capsule, tablet or powdered form, depending upon the use and needs of the client. Our naturopath will recommend the best delivery mode for your herbal medicine, to treat your illness effectively.
Health Haven works with your individual health concerns, to develop a tailored, specific and unique approach. Each treatment protocol is developed and researched thoroughly to ensure it will met your individual health issues.
Naturopathic medicine is the integrated modality approach used at Health Haven. As a fully qualified naturopath, medicinal herbalist and clinical nutritionist, Cass combines these healing modalities into a
treatment plan to address your Lyme Disease & it’s individual symptoms.
I Think I Have Lyme.
Can You Test Me?
Yes, we can test for Lyme Disease and the co-infections. The testing is extremely accurate and helps you to acheive the diagnosis needed for support from your doctor & conventional medicine. Health Haven uses the same pathology laboratories across Australia that your doctor uses, as well as international pathology laboratories in the USA and Germany.