Lyme Disease: “The Great Mimicker”
Jun 28, 2018 10:11AM
From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City
What’s wrong with me?
Michael came into the office taking short baby steps. His 19 year old arms and hands were bent and twisted into a weird spasmodic position. His head tilted to the side, eyes nearly closed with his face in a strange grimace. He spoke in short three or four word sentences. He had been suffering since he was 13 years old and his father was ready to institutionalize him for the rest of his life. Until he became ill he was a normal boy and a commuter whiz. One day he developed what appeared to be the flu, except it was in the summer and not the flu season.
His doctor recommended typical care for the flu, bed rest and lots of fluids. Things got worse. Testing showed “nothing wrong” just a high white blood cell count. The doctor was savvy so he tested for Lyme disease. It was negative. That is, until 2 years later.
Several courses of oral and intravenous antibiotics failed to work. The symptoms improved but never went away and came back with a vengeance when the medicine was stopped. His symptoms worsened over the years and several Lyme experts later left him in the state in which he arrived into our office. He had late stage Lyme disease.
Are you suffering with symptoms of an illness that doesn’t seem to respond to any normal treatment? Have the doctors changed the diagnosis several times or can’t agree on a diagnosis? Does nothing seem to help get rid of it that should? Maybe, just maybe, you are suffering from the “great mimicker”, Lyme disease. Even if you know you have it but believe you can’t get rid of it, don’t give up hope! Read on.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia burgdorferi is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, though up to five co-infections are often present. The disease is named after the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA, where a large number of cases were identified in 1975. It is a worldwide pandemic.
The infection is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. The ticks are extremely small and often fall off the body after feeding, thus masking the fact that you’ve been bitten. They are so light that they can be air-bourn thus night requiring contact with grass, plants, bushes or animals.
The Symptoms and the Difficulty in Diagnosis
Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash, which has a “bulls-eye” (target-like), appearance. The “bulls-eye rash” is thought to occur in only about 80% of infected patients adding to misdiagnosis. Patients often experience flu-like symptoms, such as headache, muscle soreness, fever, and malaise, which can also confuse early diagnosis.
Unfortunately, left untreated, symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. The disease can affect multiple body systems at the same time and produce a wide range of symptoms. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms are not specific to Lyme disease, but can occur with other diseases as well, also making it difficult to diagnose. Also, blood testing frequently shows false negative testing or indeterminate results, causing doctors to delay diagnosis and treatment until it’s too late to easily kill the infections. It may take several years after numerous false negatives to finally test positive for Lyme infection!
Every part of the body can be affected. Various acute neurological problems including facial palsy, which is the loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face, as well as meningitis, which involves severe headaches, neck stiffness, and sensitivity to light are common in untreated cases. Nerve inflammation causes shooting pains that may interfere with sleep, as well as abnormal skin sensations. Mild encephalitis may lead to memory loss as well as sleep disturbances, and mood changes. In addition, some case reports have described altered mental status as the only symptom. All this makes often makes it extremely difficult to diagnose leading to incorrect treatment and unnecessary suffering often for many years.
The late stage is where the infection has fully spread throughout the body. A polyneuropathy that involves shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet may develop. A neurologic syndrome called Lyme encephalopathy is associated with subtle cognitive problems, such as difficulties with concentration and short-term memory often accompanied by profound fatigue.
Other progressive late stage symptoms include cognitive impairment, weakness in the legs, awkward gait, facial palsy, bladder problems, vertigo, and back pain. In some cases untreated Lyme disease may cause psychosis, which has been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Panic attacks and anxiety can occur; there may also be delusional behavior.
Lyme arthritis usually affects the knees and feet and in some patients, arthritis can occur in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, wrist, hips, and shoulders. Pain is often mild or moderate, usually with swelling at the involved joint.
In many but not all cases, antibiotics may eliminate the infection and its symptoms, especially if the illness is treated early. Unfortunately, even when caught early, antibiotics don’t always work. Many people are allergic to the drugs needed or develop sensitivity reactions and have to stop them. Delayed or inadequate treatment (often treating for too short a period of time) can lead to the more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and even harder to treat, that is, unless medical ozone is used.
Over the past 22 years intravenous medical ozone has been safely and effectively used to destroy and eliminate Lyme disease, even in late stage infections. Often when all hope is gone, even after years of suffering medical ozone has proven successful.
Usually in just a few weeks symptoms begin to diminish offering hope and finally giving relief. Intravenous medical ozone when it enters the body attacks and kills all Lyme disease causing bacteria. It does it safely, virtually with no adverse reactions. In addition it destroys all unwanted viruses, fungus, yeast, mold, harmful free radicles and toxins, thus cleansing your body and boosting your own natural immune system. And did I say it does it safely and with virtually no adverse reactions?
You can learn more about intravenous medical ozone at www.ozoneuniversity.com as well as buying a copy of the award winning DVD “Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine” by Dr. Gary Null at www.garynull.com which contains testimonials from Lyme patients as too medical ozone’s effectiveness.
You can also call Dr. Howard Robins in his Manhattan office at 212-581-0101 with questions. He is considered my many to be the foremost clinical expert on intravenous medical ozone in North America with 22 years experience.
Don’t wait any longer. You’ve suffered long enough, haven’t you? It’s time to stop suffering.
DR. HOWARD ROBINS
The Healing Center
200 W 57th Street, on corner of 7th Ave by Carnegie Hall
New York City
To find out more about this time proven safe treatment go to www.ozoneuniversity.com. If you have questions concerning the treatment call Dr. Howard Robins, considered by many to be an international expert on Intravenous Ozone Therapy and the foremost clinical expert on it in North America at 212-581-0101 or email [email protected]
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