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Lyme Disease – Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Medical Campus

Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

Johns Hopkins Hospital may have been voted America’s best hospital twenty-one years in a row but when it comes to Lyme disease Johns Hopkins is not so highly regarded by patients. Coming top out of more than 4,800 American hospitals included in the US News and World Report’s annual rankings and placing first in five medical specialties and in the top five of ten others, Johns Hopkins Hospital should be a key institution for treating a multisymptom illness such as Lyme disease. Unfortunately however, patients’ reports are less than favorable in many cases with complaints that the hospital does not recognize chronic Lyme disease and often refuses antibiotic treatment for patients with symptoms of Lyme disease.

Specialists in Lyme Disease

The five medical specialties that Johns Hopkins topped the league for include neurology, psychiatry, and rheumatology. These are all areas of medicine with which Lyme disease patients may require assistance with Lyme neuroborreliosis, Lyme arthritis, and depression and anxiety disorders often a feature of both acute and chronic Lyme disease. There are however no Lyme disease specialists associated with Johns Hopkins, even though the physicians there are likely to be familiar with the condition due to the incidence of the infection in Maryland. Patients with Lyme disease joint pain may therefore be referred by their physician to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center for further assessment and treatment, particularly where their condition is complicated by other health issues. With centers at John Hopkins Hospital itself, along with the Bayview Campus and the Johns Hopkins Good Samaritan location, patients may think that they can be seen fairly quickly but the reputation of the hospital means that it can be months before an appointment is available.

Appointments at Johns Hopkins

Those attending the clinic will be sent an information pack after appointment confirmation so as to provide additional information that may assist staff. Patients must have a referral from their physician to get an appointment and will need to send hospital and medical records in advance of the appointment or take scans and other requested records to the appointment. Patients are also responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs when visiting the centers which are situated in Maryland and should check with their insurance company to see if these costs can be reimbursed. There are additional patient history forms that require completion prior to seeing a doctor at Johns Hopkins and all new patients should allow an extra thirty minutes prior to their appointment time in order to fill in claims forms and other documentation upon arrival at the clinic.

Educating Patients and Conducting Research

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center also focuses on educating patients about their condition and has an Arthritis Education nurse on staff to discuss medications, injections, infusions and so forth. Although Lyme arthritis falls under the remit of rheumatology some patients still report being dissatisfied with their treatment at Johns Hopkins, usually due to the way the hospital perceives the condition overall. The Arthritis Center also carries out research however and Lyme disease patients may be able to help themselves and fellow sufferers by taking part in ongoing research projects. Some of the current investigations underway at Johns Hopkins include research into yoga and physical activity for joint pain relief, and explorations of the autoimmune aspects of joint disorders such as Lyme arthritis. Patients at Johns Hopkins medical centers may therefore be approached by research staff and asked if they wish to take part in clinical trials, all of which are completely voluntary.

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