When patients are tested for Lyme Disease, more commonly the test is the Western Blot and/or ELISA, are these tests good enough? Not necessarily, “56% of patients with Lyme disease test negative using the two-tiered testing system recommended by the CDC.” This is a huge problem in the medical community; not only for Practitioners accepting that it is a widespread issue in the United States, but also for patient’s getting the proper care that they need in a timely matter. If Lyme Disease is not treated quickly, it can go chronic and need much more invasive treatment than oral antibiotics;
52% of patients with chronic disease are negative by ELISA but positive by Western blot. If Chronic Lyme Disease patients need more than oral antibiotics, but are not properly diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease Complex (CLDC), then they are pumping their bodies with long-term antibiotics and only gaining more issues than before from side effects to the medication, or co-infections.
…But what if you do get a positive test result for Lyme Disease…
Chronic Lyme Disease is not just a disease, it is a complex of multiple infections; when someone is bit by a tick, the tick transmits multiple infections, and more often than not these infections lower the patient’s immune system to the point that the co-infections can become a bigger issue than the Lyme itself.
“These tick-borne and secondary co-infections can most commonly include Babesia, Ehrlichia, Cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr, Bartonella, and HHV-6 among others.”-Envita Medical Center
Many patients are given antibiotics for Lyme disease, which will help the Lyme Disease bacteria. But not all of these co-infections are bacterial infections, they are fungal, parasitic, and viral as well; which would need a more comprehensive treatment approach than the teeter-totter of antibiotics and symptoms.
**Information pulled from Lymedisease.org & Envita Medical Centers**