As you know, chronic Lyme, the “Great Imitator” presents with a bucketful of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive difficulties, and can be present even after completing multiple courses of antibiotics.
Screening for chronic Lyme disease is essential to help your clients get better, faster, with fewer adverse reactions.
According to the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a patient advocacy group, primary care misses up to 60% of acute cases.
That means each year 285,600 people may go undiagnosed or mis-diagnosed and are at risk for developing Chronic Lyme.
One of them might be in front of you today.
Every clinician, health coach, and practitioner, needs to be able to screen for chronic Lyme disease, then refer to an expert.
A better way to screen for Lyme
The first pass in screening clients for chronic Lyme disease is to use a self assessment tool (quiz) like the clinically validated Horowitz Lyme Assessment Tool, which can be found online.
Based on the results of the assessment tool, the second pass is to evaluate your client for additional signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.
If you don’t have in depth training, don’t fudge this. Either get trained, or refer out. This is not meant a knock on you. Serving your clients means knowing your limits.
Treating chronic Lyme takes commitment and patience. It’s a marathon not a sprint, a chess match not tick tack toe. If you’re not serious about upgrading your Lyme skills, you should be referring Lyme patients to people who are.
It’s OK. You can’t be an expert in everything, so don’t try. It’s the ethical thing to do.
The third pass is testing. There are a lot of testing options, so it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each test and how different labs interpret those tests.
Take control of your clients’ care and be part of the solution.
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