Summer is approaching, and with our weather heating up and humidity increasing, tick populations are on the rise. If you live in or have visited the eastern coast of the U.S., you may have been in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent. In fact, in the last ten years, Lyme disease has been identified in all 50 states – a tick bite can happen wherever there is grass or vegetation. It’s the most common tick-borne bacterial illness, and according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the U.S., with more than 300,000 people infected each year.
Lyme disease is treatable by a professional, and at Regenerative Medical Center of Delaware, we offer several effective treatments. Dr. Henry Childers is a respected international clinician on the Lyme Disease Board for the state of Delaware and has years of experience in bringing relief to those suffering from Lyme disease.
Getting a Lyme Disease Diagnosis
The CDC estimates that there are 822 new cases per day of Lyme disease, and less than 50% of patients even remember having a tick bite or remember seeing a rash. Lyme disease occurs in phases – and the symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed if left undetected. It can have similar symptoms to, and look like several other illnesses including Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Due to this, many doctors can misdiagnose Lyme disease. If you suspect that you have Lyme, and not another illness then it’s important to request an igG or IgM Western Blot test which are more sensitive to detecting the bacteria and getting an accurate diagnosis. The traditional ELISA screening test is unreliable and misses 35% of culture proven Lyme disease cases.
Preventing Lyme Disease in Warmer, Humid Weather
Tick population increases in warmer weather, which is why it’s important to remain vigilant in late Spring and Summer months, as rainy season sets in. Areas with at least 85% humidity and weather over 50 degrees are the perfect microclimate for the tick. When walking anywhere there is thick vegetation, it’s important to use DEET containing insecticide, wear long sleeves and pants, and tuck pants into socks to avoid ticks attaching to the skin. Also, always remember to check your body once you’ve arrived home to look for any poppy-seed or sesame-seed size ticks.
Look for These Common Lyme Disease Symptoms:
Early Lyme Disease Symptoms:
- Red expanding rash
- Disrupted sleep
- Facial weakness or paralysis
- Flu like symptoms
- Lyme carditis- shortness of breath, chest pain or heart palpitations
- Headaches or severe neck pain/stiffness
- Shooting pains
- Pain and swelling in large joints
- Dizziness or feeling light headed
Late Lyme Disease Symptoms:
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory loss
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Nerve pain or difficulties with sensation (Neuropathy)
- Psychiatric difficulties- depression, mood disruptions, etc.
Stem Cells Are Providing New and Positive Treatments
The traditional course of treatment for Lyme disease can be extensive and expensive, with results that are often unfavorable. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are generally prescribed in the early stages of treatment but are only effective in eliminating long term effects if the disease is caught early on. Because of misdiagnosis, steroids are frequently administered but can be dangerous to patients with Lyme, resulting in a suppressed autoimmune system which allows the Lyme causing bacteria, and other infections to grow rapidly. Opioids are frequently prescribed for chronic pain. Even after these treatments, a relapse of symptoms can occur. Regenerative Medical Center of Delaware offers a regenerative treatment approach that can yield positive results for those suffering from Lyme disease.
For patients with chronic Lyme disease, it is important to focus on healing the immune system. Along with a healthy lifestyle, regenerative medicine, such as stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, has the ability to heal the body naturally. Since Lyme disease attacks the body at a cellular level, repairing at the cellular level is what will bring the most positive diagnosis for patients. The following are benefits of choosing a regenerative medical approach:
- Treatment focuses on treating the body naturally and wholly.
- Healing the patient’s body from within instead of masking and treating just the symptoms of Lyme disease with conventional approaches, while the underlying cause continues.
- Stem cell and PRP treatment is using cutting edge medical technology to help restore structure and function to damaged cells within the body.
- A more restored YOU resulting in a positive prognosis for your future!
If you think you’ve been exposed to Lyme Disease or are exhibiting any of the symptoms, please contact our office today at (302) 515-1178, and we’ll set up an appointment to discuss treatment options with you.