You’ve probably heard that Lyme disease is a problem… and it’s getting worse. And of course, nothing is simple about this disease. Here are 4 reasons why getting a diagnosis and beginning effective treatment can be so tricky.
To start, the lab tests that are used have a high rate of false negatives (meaning they can come back negative even when you have the infection). Also, the symptoms may be all over the board and may show up quite some time (there are reports of more than 20 years ) after a tick bite. Furthermore, the definition of what even constitutes Lyme disease has been a topic of debate among professional infectious disease societies. There are questions regarding the exact cause of Lyme disease. Some scientists stick tothe narrow definition of Lyme as an infection transmitted by the bite of the deer tick while others think of Lyme disease as a manifestation of multiple body systems negatively impacted by layers of infection, immune dysregulation and inflammation. Lastly, there is no well-defined treatment protocol for Lyme disease. There seems to be as many approaches to treating Lyme as there are practitioners treating it.
So, where do we start. As always, by hearing the patient story. My suggestion is to begin with this Lyme questionnaire.MSIDS 38 Point Symptom Checklist
It has been developed and clinically validated by Dr Horowitz, a leading Lyme disease treatment expert. Print it out, complete it and then take it to your Lyme literate practitioner – then get on the path to getting well.
About Dr Hutton
Theron Hutton MD is the founder of Mulberry Clinics – a primary care center in Spring Hill, Tennessee which focuses on excellent, whole-person care.
In addition to primary care he also specialized in functional medicine.
As a family physician and a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) and International Association of Lyme and Associates Diseases (ILADS), he has extensive training and experience in treating Lyme disease, functional gut disorders, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. He excels in cases that other doctors don’t have the time to address. He is available for consultation via telemedicine or in person. Mulberry clinics has regular openings for some patients for ongoing primary care.
To inquire about a consultation, text “consult info” to 615-614-8676 and someone will reply. To inquire about becoming a member of mulberry clinics text “member info”.