Treatment for Lyme disease neck pain will depend on the severity of the condition and the cause. Where stress is thought to be at the root of the problem care should be taken to assuage any concerns that the patient has over their condition, treatment and Lyme disease prognosis. Relaxation techniques may be helpful, such as meditation, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and aromatherapy. Patients may also find it helpful to have counselling in order to work through any previous traumatic experience associated with achieving a Lyme disease diagnosis, especially where they were previously misdiagnosed with a chronic, life-threatening, or painfully debilitating disease.
Lyme disease neck pain may, however, be totally unconnected to stress and be the result instead of nerve inflammation, abnormal nerve signalling causing muscle cramping and spasm, and mobility problems. No amount of counselling is likely to help in such cases, which is one of the dangers of patients being told that their symptoms are ‘all in their head’. Appropriate antibiotic treatment is necessary, with the use of antibiotics in most cases that can cross the blood-brain barrier in order to eradicate any infection that has spread into the brain.
Persistent Lyme Disease Neck Pain and Co-Infections
Lyme disease neck pain may also cause balance problems, through trapped nerves, ischaemia (loss of circulation), and altered hearing. Where the eighth cranial nerve is inflamed patients may experience neck pain, dizziness, and a loss of equilibrium (balance disorder). It is also important to consider the role of co-infections in Lyme disease neck pain as Babesiosis can cause symptoms of dizziness, fatigue, and back pain and is not treated using the same Lyme disease antibiotics. Many patients treated for Lyme disease but with continuing neck pain and other symptoms may feel that they have chronic Lyme disease when in fact they have an untreated co-infection that was never tested for in initial blood tests. Lyme disease neck pain has many causes and, therefore, numerous treatments, and should not be overlooked as an innocuous symptom.