How many researchers does it take to diagnose chronic Lyme? I admit, that’s a trick question. They can’t even agree on a name for Chronic Lyme.
The main roadblock surrounding testing for chronic Lyme disease is the lack of consensus among healthcare leaders on the best way to diagnose and treat the condition.
Some experts assert that chronic Lyme is an ongoing infection that requires prolonged antibiotic treatment.
Another research cabal argues that the chronic Lyme is actually “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome” (PTLDS) most likely due to lingering damage from the original infection, and that prolonged antibiotic treatment is not effective.
But a few brave clinicians have waded through the controversy and are showing us a way forward.
The truth is, both camps are right. At least some of the time.
When it comes to chronic Lyme, It’s not either/or, it’s both/and.
Illness from chronic Lyme can be driven by a lingering infection or infections AND/OR damage from the original infection AND/OR other opportunistic infections and conditions (e.g. viral infection, heavy metal toxicity, mycotoxosis, mast cell activation, etc.) that take advantage of the functional damage done by Lyme.
Experienced practitioners don’t get swept away by scientists working through the scientific process. They stay focused on the best way to help their clients and patients with the best tools available, TODAY.
Take control of your clients” care and be part of the solution.
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CDC. (2020). Testing for Lyme Disease. https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/diagnosistesting/labtest/index.html
Mayo Clinic. (2021). Lyme disease tests. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20374441
UpToDate. (2021). Patient education: Lyme disease (Beyond the Basics). https://www.uptodate.com/contents/lyme-disease-beyond-the-basics