Finding a physician:
disagree on whether today’s testing methods are accurate and what
testing is best. An infectious disease physician who has experience in
diagnosing and treating chronic Lyme disease patients will likely be a
patient’s best choice.
A national organization or state organization or support group may help in finding a local Lyme-literate physician. A phone call to the receptionist inquiring on whether the physician accepts chronic Lyme disease patients may help in determining whether that physician is an expert in the field.
Antibiotics - Some
patients report that long-term antibiotic treatments provide them with
improvement as long as they are on the antibiotics. However, not all
patients see improvement with this treatment, and it is not recommended
by all physicians. Some physicians discourage long-term antibiotic
Diet and supplements - Treatment may include dietary changes and supplements. Discuss this with your physician.
Other treatments - Other chronic Lyme disease treatments may include detoxification, strengthening the immune system and modulating the hormones. A patient should consult with an experienced Lyme physician, commonly called a "Lyme-literate doctor" to see what treatment is appropriate in their case.
A patient’s outcome will depend on many factors, including mainly early diagnosis and treatment. Possible co-infections or immune system health may affect treatment effectiveness.
The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.