What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is the most common condition treated at The AIM Clinic. All of the advanced therapeutics at our clinic were added to better treat this growing disease epidemic.
The primary cause of Lyme Disease is the transmission of the bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi through tick bites. However, many patients do not remember being bit by a tick yet have positive tests and clinical symptoms of Lyme Disease. Therefore, many question whether there are other ways of acquiring Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease Testing
For various reasons, both known and unknown, the standard testing for Lyme Disease has a very low sensitivity. This means that if you have Lyme Disease, you could have a 51% chance of being told you don’t have Lyme Disease. Clinically, it has been observed that the longer Lyme Disease is present, the less likely it will appear as a positive test. At The AIM Clinic, we offer testing which increases likelihood of a true positive result compared to conventional screening tests.
The AIM Approach
The two organizations that give recommendations regarding Lyme Disease treatment are IDSA and ILADS. One of the distinctive differences between these organizations is that the IDSA does not advise anti-infective treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease however ILADS allows for trials of individualized anti-infective treatment protocols. The AIM Clinic follows an ILADS approach and has found combining integrative medicine with anti-infective therapies to be the best treatment plan for most Chronic Lyme Disease patients.
Keys To Treatments
The cornerstone of successful Lyme Disease treatments begins with a detailed history and comprehensive testing to determine the best and safest treatment options. Sometimes patients respond very well to very simple treatment protocols. However, many patients need more innovative and comprehensive approaches. Some of the key points in complex cases include: