Lyme disease has been called the great masquerader. It can imitate many other diseases including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
While early Lyme disease is an illness with fever and a typical “bull’s eye rash”, the late form which is more controversial is characterized by a large host of symptoms which includes severe fatigue, muscle and joints aches, tingling and numbness of the extremities, severe headache, brain fog and poor memory, mood disorder such as anxiety and depression, as well as a host of hormonal imbalances.
Numbers of reported cases of Lyme disease in Texas are on the rise and a recent Texas A & M study showed the Lyme disease germ in 42% of the tics recovered from small animals in their Texas study. Lyme disease is seriously under-diagnosed with some tests missing almost half of patients later shown to be infected. Studies are also showing that a number of persons may carry the Lyme bacteria and yet not have the symptoms of the disease.
What is it that causes some folks not to be sick while others are devastated? The difference appears to be in part related to the status of one’s immune system. When the immune system is not functioning at its full capacity, the manifestations of infection with the Lyme bacteria and other related co-infections is often much worse.
What is the cause of the weakened immune system?
Scientists are learning that the immune system is susceptible to damage from nutrient deficiencies life zinc, Vitamin B12 and the active form of Folic Acid. Toxins in our food and water are now known to take away our normal immune infection fighting capability. Infections with certain viruses which may coexist with the Lyme infection are known to damage the immune system. Even too much stress in our life will seriously impair our body’s ability to resist the effects of Lyme bacteria infection.
Antibiotics alone are often no enough.
Numerous studies are now showing that once Lyme disease enters the late or chronic stage that even long courses of antibiotic treatment may not be enough to eradicate the disease. A multi-faceted approach including steps to rebuild the immune system, control inflammation and restore vital nutrients is required to control the severe symptoms of the disease and allow recovery. At Forum Health Austin Wally Taylor MD takes a special interest in Lyme disease and related infections and applies a multi-system, personalized approach to help the body restore immune function and combat the many effects of the illness. Contact us today for an appointment.