Why do medical doctors not understand chronic Lyme Disease?
When you study Lyme disease, there are main types.
Two Types of Lyme Disease
Firstly there is acute Lyme disease when a tick bites somebody and becomes acutely sick.
Acute Lyme disease is not very common.
The majority of people do not become significantly ill following a tick bite.
Like with myself, it is much later, when their immune system becomes weaker, that they begin exhibiting chronic symptoms.
Chronic Lyme Disease
Chronic symptoms include everything from anxiety to joint pain.
Doctors train to diagnose and treat acute illnesses, not chronic diseases, which is very confusing.
Medical doctors did a fantastic job for me when I broke my arm or recently developed a blood clot in my lung.
However, when a person walks into a doctor’s office with a list of 20 to 30 symptoms and all the lab tests are standard, most doctors do not have the time or training to uncover what is happening.
Furthermore, they have a limited and often ineffective number of therapies to help when faced with chronic conditions.
For example, scientific research on chronic Lyme disease shows that antibiotics do not work well.
Furthermore, the testing for chronic Lyme disease is mediocre, especially in Canada. Often the test results are borderline or equivocal, which Canadian doctors do not know how to interpret.
Many people with chronic Lyme disease must figure it out for themselves.
People must search online or read books to unravel the roots of their symptoms.
This approach is something I had to do for myself.
I had suffered from chronic anxiety for 17 years without understanding why.
Conventional medicine provided some help through medication but zero for looking at the cause.
If you suspect you have chronic Lyme disease and only have access to a conventional medical doctor, you must be mindful of their limited knowledge, time and treatment options.
When approaching a doctor, mention just a couple of the most troublesome symptoms rather than overwhelming them with 20 or 30.
By using this approach, the doctor can give you a better diagnosis and treatment protocol.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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