When you are first diagnosed with Lyme Disease, you may be inclined to continue to see the Doctor who diagnosed you or even your primary Doctor who you have been seeing for years, but this generally won’t be the best course of action. Lyme Disease is still to this day a disease that many Doctors do not fully recognize or understand. This lack of knowledge is why many patients do not get the proper treatment they need in a timely manner, which then leads to more cases of Chronic Lyme. The best thing you can do is see a Doctor who is not only familiar with Lyme Disease, but is confident in treating Lyme and its co-complications. These types of Doctors would be an LLMD or Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. LLMD’s are Doctors that have gone through specific training on Lyme disease and will have a more comprehensive knowledge on what steps need to be taken for proper treatment. These Doctors who are Lyme Literate can be conventional Doctors as well as Naturopathic Doctors.
As the Lymedemic continues across the United States, Doctors are behind the learning curve on Lyme Disease and LLMD’s can be few and far between. If you are searching for a Lyme Literate Doctor you can go onto the ILADS website. There you can find tools to help locate a LLMD in your area. If you are searching for a comprehensive approach after conventional care has failed you, which can happen, I would look into a more holistic clinic such as Envita Medical Center in Arizona. Arizona holds a unique Licensure (MDH) that allows Envita to be truly integrative, combining the best possible natural treatments with the latest in conventional care. [Licensure discussed further in Naturopath vs. MD post]