Lyme disease can be classified into two broad types: Acute Lyme and Chronic Lyme.
Acute Lyme disease manifests directly after the tick bite is sustained as the signature circular rash and accompanying joint pain. Acute Lyme can be treated successfully with a course of antibiotics at the time of infection.
Chronic Lyme infection is very difficult to detect, it is not unusual to go many years before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Chronic Lyme patients tend to develop autonomic dysfunction. Antibiotics are typically prescribed for Chronic Lyme, but this treatment does not address the symptoms of autonomic dysfunction.
The Difficulty Lyme Patients Face
One of the biggest challenges Lyme patients encounter is resistance within the medical community. Many physicians in the United States refuse to believe that Chronic Lyme even exists. In Canada, physicians are persecuted if they treat patients for Chronic Lyme. All this makes it difficult for patients who suspect they may have Chronic Lyme to seek treatment and receive a proper diagnosis.
Chronic Lyme disease and the underlying autonomic dysfunction appear to be progressive. When the ANS (autonomic nervous system) can no longer keep the body regulated and in optimal condition, over time damage to various organ systems may occur. For that reason early intervention could be advantageous.
If you are a patient or know someone with Chronic Lyme and are interested in more information, please contact us toll free at (844) 247-2728 or (949) 247-8877.