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A whole body approach to Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment.

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We have extensive experience with both Lyme testing and supporting Lyme Disease recovery for thousands of patients. Recovering from Lyme Disease is achievable, but the process requires dedication. Getting started with an accurate Lyme Disease diagnosis can be be almost impossible when working with conventional medical facilities.

As you might read in her book, Dr. Tenesha Wards has experienced personal challenges with Lyme Disease. Her own journey in identifying and treating this chronic and debilitating disease has made her one of Texas’ premier experts on the topic. Read on to learn more about the prevalence of Lyme disease in Austin, Texas and the associated symptoms.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through the bite of infected Black-legged deer ticks. Due to the sheer number of white-tailed deer in parts of our area, it’s no wonder that the Texas Hill Country is likely to have more cases than other areas of the state with a lesser deer population.

While it’s true that most Lyme Disease cases in the US are contracted in the upper Midwest and Northeastern states, Texas sees dozens of cases every year.  Most of the Texas Lyme cases are within the region between Houston, Dallas and Austin. Moreover, the range of counties where infected deer ticks are being found is increasing all the time.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

If left untreated, Lyme Disease can present multi-systemic symptoms, which can make it hard to diagnose. It often presents mild, flu-like systems lasting longer than a week to 10 days with achy and swollen joints, accompanied by extreme fatigue. 50% or less of the cases will have a bull’s-eye rash is one of the first symptoms. Additional symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, facial numbness, abdominal pain, diarrhea and a range of other symptoms from night sweats to depression. Further complicating the diagnosis, symptoms can come and go, as well as worsen over time. There is, however, a specific type of test called an Elisa test. And it’s only about 80% accurate, sadly. Sometimes doctors will treat Lyme based on symptoms alone.

Do You Have Brain Fog?

One of the most common — and earliest— symptoms is a mild cognitive impairment known as brain fog. In fact, studies show that approximately 20% of patients with early on set Lyme disease only complain of fatigue, unexplained muscle and joint pain, more frequent headaches, and brain fog.

Brain fog can take two forms in Lyme Disease patients: A general experience or feeling of cloudiness, fogginess or heaviness in the head. Other people experience more extreme symptoms, where the patient cannot readily form coherent thoughts or sentences, and has trouble with short-term memory, reasoning, and focus. What many people don’t realize is that this brain fog, along with most other symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, is actually the result of an overactive immune response that has caused a build up of cytokine inflammation and other brain infection chemicals – more on cytokines below. Existing symptoms can worsen and new symptoms emerge as a result of treatment. That’s why there must be a whole body approach to achieve wellness.

What are Cytokines?

Cytokines are proteins created by white bloods cells that initiate an immune response. In the right amounts, they help the white blood cells effectively halt viral and bacterial replication. With persistent infections in the body, a cytokine storm can begin, usually a side effect of treatment. When parts of the infection die off, whether from antibiotics or more holistic and natural therapies, toxins are released into the blood that the immune system can mistake for a new threat. More and more cytokines are released in response, overwhelming the immune system and resulting in the pain, fatigue, lowered immunity, and brain fog Lyme Disease patients often report.

Whole Body Approach: Treat the Infection and Decrease Cytokine Production

The good news is these effects can be fixed by treating cytokine-producing problems, alongside existing infections and co-infections like Bartonella, Babesia and Ehrlichia. Borrelia Burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, routinely exists alongside viral and parasitic infections, yeast overgrowth in the intestinal tract, and mold toxins in the bloodstream. Therefore, for any Lyme Disease treatment to be effective and complete, ALL existing infections and conditions must be identified.

In the right amounts, antibiotics can help the white blood cells effectively halt viral and bacterial replication. With persistent infections in the body, a cytokine storm can begin, usually a side effect of treatment. When parts of the infection die off, whether from antibiotics or more holistic and natural therapies, toxins are released into the blood that the immune system can mistake for a new threat. More and more cytokines are released in response, overwhelming the immune system and resulting in the pain, fatigue, lowered immunity, and brain fog Lyme Disease patients often report.

Research indicates that while antibiotic treatment is generally effective in eradicating Lyme disease, there are cases where standard short-term protocols fail to eliminate the infection, leading to post-treatment symptoms in a significant percentage of patients. These symptoms, collectively known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), manifest as lingering fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, disrupted sleep patterns, and reduced cognitive function.

To gain a deeper understanding of why acute treatment may falter in certain instances, it is crucial to consider the interplay of factors that contribute to the persistence of the infection and the development of chronic Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease and its co-infections generally respond well to antibiotics in acute systemic cases, while the toxicity and gut imbalances can be addressed through lifestyle changes, detoxification, and specific supplementation. Some of the adjustments we recommend are:

Anti-inflammatory diet: A low-sugar, low-carb diet that is high in lean proteins and clean, whole foods will help bring the gut flora back into balance.

Addressing sleep issues: Lack of sleep encourages cytokine production, while quality sleep decreases it.

Supplementation: Specific supplementation can reduce oxidation, remove toxins, and block enzymes that encourage the production of cytokines. Glutathione, liposomal curcumin, resveratrol, and quercetin are just a few powerful tools in the treatment support toolbox for decreasing cytokine production. They are affective at removing toxins that decrease brain function and repairing nerve injury during treatment. These things are not a quick fix, but they can effectively relieve brain fog and other common symptoms associated with Lyme disease.

What are the limitations and challenges of testing for Lyme disease?

Seeking a diagnosis for Lyme disease is fraught with challenges and limitations, largely due to the nature of the disease and the diagnostic tools at hand. A pivotal concern is the immune system’s delayed response in producing antibodies, leading to a significant chance of false negatives in early testing stages. The ELISA and Western blot, the only tests approved by the FDA for Lyme disease, fail to detect up to 60% of well-defined cases shortly after infection. This early diagnostic gap presents a critical challenge.

Moreover, a negative test result does not conclusively exclude Lyme disease as the underlying cause of persistent symptoms. Antibodies can remain in the body for extended periods, even after the infection has been resolved, complicating the diagnosis further. This ambiguity often results in delayed treatment, as some healthcare professionals may opt to wait for a confirmed positive test before prescribing antibiotics. Delayed treatment allows the infection to advance, complicating its management and heightening the risk of enduring health issues.

Despite these recognized obstacles, as acknowledged by the CDC, the current state of Lyme disease testing underscores a pressing need for enhanced diagnostic methods. The existing limitations underscore the importance of developing more accurate and reliable testing techniques to overcome these hurdles effectively, ensuring timely and accurate Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment.

Can Lyme disease occur outside of high-incidence areas?

The risk of encountering Lyme disease isn’t confined to areas known for a high number of cases. Regardless of where you live, the possibility of an infectious tick bite exists due to the widespread movement of people, pets, and ticks themselves.

Indeed, ticks have made significant inroads across the United States. By 2016, the presence of blacklegged ticks, carriers of Lyme disease, was confirmed in 49% of U.S. counties across 43 states. This is a stark increase from data in 1998, which showed only 34% of counties were affected, indicating that many healthcare professionals may be basing their assessments on outdated information.

The state of Texas serves as a striking example of this trend. Despite being labeled as a “low incidence” area by the CDC—with less than 10 confirmed cases of Lyme disease per 100,000 people annually—real-world data tells a different story. Reports from Texas Health and Human Services suggest the actual number of annual cases could be significantly higher, ranging from 50 to 275. Research also indicates that in certain Texas regions, the prevalence of ticks is greater than would be expected based on the environment alone.

This information is crucial for understanding Lyme disease—its symptoms, treatment, and transmission risk—and emphasizes the need for vigilance and updated knowledge on the spread of Lyme-carrying ticks, even in areas not traditionally considered at high risk.

What are the treatments for chronic Lyme disease in Austin?

At Infinity Wellness Center, located in Austin, TX, Dr. Wards and our team specialize in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease. Our treatment approach is holistic and comprehensive, and includes personalized lifestyle modifications. By concentrating on the root causes of the condition, Dr. Wards and the dedicated team at Infinity Wellness are committed to guiding patients through their recovery journey, offering a customized treatment plan designed to meet the unique needs of each individual in the heart of Austin.

Using The Infinity WayTM to Heal from Lyme Disease

Dr. Wards had the honor of interviewing one of our Lyme Disease patient success stories, Karly Baughn. Karly was previously tested for Lyme and was told she was negative. She didn’t have a bull’s eye rash or a known tick bite but had symptoms that almost led her to a psychiatrist’s office. We discuss what we did differently with testing and how we addressed her autoimmunity and hormone imbalances with her program. We treated Karly’s whole body using The Infinity Way™ 3 step healing process. Watch the interview below to learn more about Karly’s healing journey!

FUN FACT: Through her Lyme Disease healing journey, Karly discovered her passion for nutrition and now works as our Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, helping other patients recover from Lyme and other complex medical issues.

For more information, community, and resources about living with Lyme and recovering from Lyme Disease, we recommend the Texas Lyme Disease Association and the Treat Lyme page by Marty Ross MD.

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