Lyme disease is a complex and multi-factorial chronic illness. Subsequently there is no straight-forward, one-size-fits-all approach to treating it. At PCNM we adopt a comprehensive approach consisting of antibiotic herbs, IV therapy, detoxification, digestive support, dietary changes and symptom management.
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Chronic Lyme disease is predominantly a clinical diagnosis. Lab tests are used to back up the clinical impression and positively identify the presence of Lyme disease and/or co-infections.
ELISA: First test done measuring an immune reaction against borrelia, but it is not highly sensitive and many cases are missed. A negative ELISA test does not rule out Lyme disease! This is not considered to be a sensitive test.
Western Blot: The second test ordered if the ELISA comes back positive. This test looks at immunoglobulin M (active, current infection) and immunoglobulin G (longer term, more chronic infection or past exposure).
The conventional tests ordered by most family physicians are less than 50% effective at catching a Lyme infection.
At PCNM we use a Lyme specific lab known as IgeneX.
Due to the complexity of Lyme disease, it is important that you see a Lyme Literate or a Lyme Aware Naturopathic Doctor like Dr. Tapp.LLNDs and LANDs have extensive training and expertise in the area of Lyme disease.