I get asked a lot about the treatment for Lyme Disease. The short answer is 4 weeks (minimum) of antibiotics. But that alone isn’t usually enough to clear the infection. The bacteria that causes Lyme Disease is extremely difficult to kill, and gets more difficult the longer you’ve been infected. It typically takes up residence inside cells, and can bore into bone, tissue, nervous system, brain… basically anywhere it wants to avoid the detection of your immune system.
A good Lyme doctor will work with you to get your whole body as healthy and supported as possible, decreasing “total body load” so that your immune system can focus its attention on seeking out and killing the Lyme bacteria. This is where things get a little more complicated (and why a Lyme-literate doctor is imperative), because everyone reacts to Lyme differently. Sure, there are a handful of symptoms that most people with Lyme will experience at some point–but beyond that, the symptoms can vary wildly. It can cause any manner of physical, mental, or emotional ailments. And, further complicating things, any individual’s list of symptoms will change throughout the course of the disease and treatment. A Lyme-literate doctor will assess your particular symptoms and recommend supplements, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes–along with antibiotics (most likely)–to best address your particular circumstances.
I thought I’d share my personal treatment plan as an example, partly because I get asked so often and partly because I have a very minimal understanding of the concept called “too much information.”