Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator
Dr. Marty Ross, MD
Advanced Treatments for Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Complex Illnesses

Lyme Disease: The Great Imitator

There are a number of factors that make Lyme disease both difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat, creating a challenge for both the person suffering from the disease and the physician treating it. First, Lyme can mimic many other diseases. Its "clinical picture," that is, the way in which it affects your health, can be similar, for example, to fibromyalgia, producing joint pain (also associated with various forms of arthritis), pain in muscles and tendons, and chronic fatigue. Lyme may also give rise primarily to neurological symptoms that can easily be confused with multiple sclerosis. It's a disease that has been called "the great imitator." It's also a disease that can linger, causing a chronic condition, chronic Lyme disease, that seems to come and go.

Tracking the Symptoms, Diagnosis and Cause of Lyme Disease

The symptoms of Lyme disease are different in different people, for example, showing up only as arthritis in some and in others in a host of different ways, including numbness, pain, partial facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), or other neurological disorders, such as disturbances in memory, mood, or sleep patterns. Any combination of symptoms can be present. Lyme can also cause a skin disorder, weight loss, or chronic weight gain. Women generally struggle with chronic Lyme more than men, for unknown reasons. It is progressive, destructive, and debilitating, and in severe untreated cases, it can be fatal.

Lyme disease is diagnosed on the basis of patient history, clinical symptoms, and supportive laboratory testing. There is no known testing method that can exclude the diagnosis. There are some medical professionals that believe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is often misdiagnosed chronic Lyme disease. The organism that causes Lyme is transmitted to humans through the bite of a tick, and the disease can be readily treated with antibiotics if caught and treated early. However, with chronic Lyme, the treatment is more difficult, more complex, and should be multi-faceted and comprehensive.

Treating Lyme Disease with Multiple Approaches

Treatment should be sought from a physician very familiar with and specifically trained in diagnosing Lyme, and trained in conventional and complementary methods of care.

Learn about the special qualifications of Dr. Marty Ross in dealing with Lyme disease.

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  Find out about other conditions treated by The Healing Arts Partnership.
Read a series of articles about Lyme disease.
  Lyme Disease Misconceptions
  Lyme Disease Symptoms
  Lyme Disease Tick Removal
  Lyme Disease Treatment



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