One size does not fit all and this can’t be more true than when treating tick borne illness. The treatment journey is nearly as unique as one’s fingerprint. One of the most often prescriptions I write is PATIENCE. This can be a long journey forward. And it is rarely a straight path. It will take time to understand your unique presentation, your particular responses to various therapies; and to begin to recognize patterns. This will emerge only after consistent dedicated therapy. My goal for all my patients is to help you find, and sustain, enduring remission, and to live a life free from the daily migratory symptoms of Lyme illness. This will not be an easy path. And it will take everything you’ve got. But YOU CAN HEAL from Lyme.
Generally, my patients can expect to be in some sort of treatment, on average, for 12-15 months. Some shorter. Some longer. The initial visit must take place in person. Follow up’s thereafter can be done by telemedicine.
At the initial visit you will begin the process of what is called Stabilization. It generally lasts four weeks, will continue ongoingly, and will begin to address what you uniquely need to stabilize in order to prepare for treatment. It usually falls into one of the following areas: sleep, pain, gut, mood. Basic supplements are started. Pharmaceuticals may be prescribed. Lab work is ordered. Further diagnostics are ordered, if needed.
Your first follow up will take place 4-weeks later to review testing, assess stabilization, and proceed on the proposed treatment. Treatments can be any combination of pulsed polymicrobial therapy, dapsone protocol, disulfiram or herbals depending on many things such as duration of illness, laboratory data, what has been tried before, lifestyle, preference, and, of course, my expertise in treating thousands of patients.
You can expect to have follow up’s more often in the beginning of your treatment journey, which will allow for me to fine tune your protocol and steer you away from pitfalls, generally every 4-6 weeks. Less frequent as your body begins to heal. The use of safety labs are employed monthly to assess for toxicity and safety.