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Lyme Disease Arthritis Treatments

Lyme disease is an infection that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferito the humans and animals it bites, and can cause intense pain and suffering.

Lyme disease can affect many areas of the body and is often misdiagnosed. It can mimic a wide variety of conditions including fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Delaying Lyme Disease Treatment Can Be Dangerous

If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, Lyme disease is almost always curable. If treatment is delayed, up to 60 percent of patients will develop what’s known as “Lyme arthritis,” a painful swelling of the knees and other joints. Symptoms may not manifest itself for months or years later, which is why many people put off seeking treatment after a tick bite. At that point, the condition can only be managed, not cured.

“Untreated Lyme disease can lead to long-term joint and nerve pain,” says Dr. Aaron Miranda, a pain management specialist with Physician Partners of America in Carrollton, Texas. “We have many ways of addressing the chronic pain associated with this condition.”

How Lyme Disease is Treated

A primary care physician is usually the first to treat Lyme disease. The first course of treatment is antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. With antibiotics such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, doctors can help reduce the swelling of the joints, making them less painful. A 28-day supply will usually be enough to rid the majority of patients of any swelling and pain. However, if the symptoms persist, another 28-day treatment would be prescribed, possibly intravenously.

Best Treatments for Lyme Arthritis and Nerve Pain

If left untreated long enough. Lyme disease can cause long-term damage to joints and nerves. At that point, sufferers should consider visiting an interventional pain management physician. These specialists treat pain at its source instead of relying on addictive pain medications.

“After a thorough evaluation and examination, we can develop a personalized and comprehensive plan of care,” says Dr. Miranda.

To a pain management physician, Lyme disease joint pain can be treated like any other form of arthritis, while nerve pain can be treated in a number of ways.

“Some of the evidenced-based options are anti-inflammatories, neuropathic medications, and SNRI’s, which can help joint and nerve pain,” says Dr. Miranda. “Other possible treatments are physical therapy, injections, nerve blocks, and spinal cord stimulation for severe neuropathy. “

While Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and its manifestations poorly understood, early treatment is essential for the best possible outcome. If it’s too late for early intervention, a pain management specialist can offer relief from swelling and discomfort.

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Charles Schumer Lyme disease billNew York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign into law a bill that would allow doctors to treat chronic Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics without falling foul of health regulations. Standard guidelines for Lyme disease treatment deem long-term antibiotics unnecessary and dangerous for the infection, dismissing the idea of ‘chronic Lyme disease’ and, instead, marking it out as a recurrrent infection or attributing symptoms to a different condition. [continue reading…]

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Lyme Disease in Poland – Blame the Boar, Deer?

lyme disease in poland wild boar deerLyme disease is increasingly common in Europe, with recent research finding it to be an emerging infectious disease in Scotland, regions of Italy, and also in Poland. The increase in numbers of cases of Lyme disease in Poland is largely focused on endemic areas such as Szczecin city and in the north-west of the country. Recent research published in the journal of Experimental and Applied Acarology details the presence of a range of bacteria in ticks taken from host animals in the Polish countryside and in forest parks. [continue reading…]

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Lyme Disease in Italy

lyme disease in italyNew research published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health reports on the presence of Lyme disease bacteria in Italy and the potential for human infection. Specifically, following a handful of cases of Lyme disease in Ossola Valley, an area of Piemonte in north-west Italy, the scientists took it upon themselves to assess the presence of Borrelia bacteria in ticks in the region. [continue reading…]

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Penguins and Lyme Disease

penguins and lyme diseaseBy now most people know that dogs and horses, and even cats can get Lyme disease, but new research published this month reveals that penguins in the southern hemisphere are also affected by Lyme disease bacteria. [continue reading…]

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New Lyme Disease Vaccine Appears Effective and Safe

lyme disease vaccine in europeA new Lyme disease vaccine for humans is getting closer, following the publication of research indicating the safety and efficacy of a novel multivalent OspA vaccine in people previously affected by Lyme disease. The research involved people who had previously been infected with Lyme disease bacteria, including those who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Unlike with some infectious illnesses, a person who has had Lyme disease previously remains vulnerable to infection in the future. [continue reading…]

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Lyme Disease in Egypt – An Emerging Zoonosis

lyme disease in egyptAccording to a paper published in late September, 2014, infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is an emerging zoonosis in Egypt. Authors El-Helw et al., collected samples from almost 100 animals, many of whom were companion animals of humans with fever of unknown origin. What these researchers found was that many of these animals had antibodies to Borrelia burgdoerfi and further evidence of the bacteria in their blood. [continue reading…]

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gwen barlee lyme disease clinic canada ccdp FOI request crowdfunding

Gwen Barlee, of the Wilderness Committee, successfully crowdfunded a project to obtain CCDP's medical records.

The Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP) centre established in Vancouver, British Columbia, will have no choice but to be transparent about its activities now that a crowdfunding project has secured the money needed to pay for a Freedom of Information request into the centre’s failure to address patients’ needs. The crowdfunding project took just a few hours to meet its goal of raising half of the required $2,160 fee to access files related to the centre’s operations and management, with a disenchanted physician, Doctor Liz Zubek, matching the amount raised so as to contribute the balance. [continue reading…]

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Lyme Disease Bill Passes US House of Representatives, goes on to SenateH.R. 4701: Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or the Lyme Disease Bill as it’s being called by some, was passed by a voice vote in the US House of Representatives on September 9th, 2014. Introduced by Chris Gibson (R-New York) on the 21st of May this year, the bill was originally called the Vector-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (HR 4701), but its name was amended after a 40 minute discussion and the bill is now to undergo consideration by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. [continue reading…]

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Neurostimulation for Chronic Lyme Disease Pain

neurostimulation for lyme diseaseNeurostimulation is a tried and tested method of managing pain but one that is not being used to its full benefits, according to experts in the field. As Lyme disease can result in nerve damage and chronic pain in some people it is possible that improving physicians’ knowledge of neurostimulation devices could lead to increased treatment options for those left with permanent pain after Lyme disease infection is successfully eradicated. [continue reading…]

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