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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease?
 

Lyme disease is a relatively common infectious disease spread by black legged tick found in tall grasses and wooded areas. It can cause a number of severe health complications if left undiagnosed.
 

The first sign that someone may be developing Acute Lyme disease is the development of a rash on a their skin. The rash appears around the area they were bitten by the tick, and often has a bull’s eye shape. It is itchy and sensitive to the touch, and develops about a week after the tick bite first occurs.
 

If this rash is noticed in time, a person can receive a standard antibiotic treatment that clears the infections and prevents Chronic Lyme Disease from developing.
 

However, not everyone who gets infected with Lyme disease develops or notices the rash, meaning that many people live with undiagnosed cases of Lyme disease for years. This is Chronic Lyme disease which requires a different treatment approach than Acute Lyme disease. Once the rash disappears, receiving a diagnosis becomes difficult, as symptoms often overlap with that of other diseases.

Common Symptoms of Lyme Disease:

 

  • Whole body pain (joint pain and muscle pain)

  • Fever-like symptoms like chills and aches that persist over time

  • Cognitive and memory problems

  • Brain fog

  • Insomnia Trouble sleeping

  • Intense Headaches or migraines

  • Sensitivity to lights, noises, and temperatures

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Irregular heart palpitations

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and have not been able to find a diagnosis or treatment that provides relief for your symptoms, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease.

What is it so tough to diagnosis and treat Lyme Disease? How can Naturopathic Medicine help?
 

Canada is suffering a Lyme crisis. Many doctors don’t have training and experience in detecting Lyme disease. Since the symptoms are so similar to other illnesses, unless specific tests are done, it will be missed.

A misdiagnosis can lead a patient down a treatment course for the wrong illness for months, even years. Meanwhile, their condition has continued to decline despite treatment.

Lyme Disease and co-infections are often misdiagnosed conditions. We provide lab testing and integrative treatment for  these conditions, so you can get back to living life.

The first step is to get the right diagnosis. At METALAB, our Naturopathic Doctors are experienced in investigating, diagnosing, and treating Lyme Disease.

Treatments for Lyme disease include natural and conventional medications, lifestyle changes, stress mitigation, and a complete dietary overhaul, all of which have been proven to help people suffering from the long-term consequences of undiagnosed Lyme disease.

HOW DO NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS TEST AND TREAT LYME DISEASE?

Treating Lyme Disease and other chronic infections is not straightforward. There is no quick fix solution. It takes a lot more than just antibiotics to clear the infection and get your health back. Often antibiotics alone will exacerbate symptoms without long term resolution. We use a top-down approach to heal the disfunction going on in your body, boost your immune system and effectively clear the infection. For this we use a step-wise approach to address your body as a whole.

  1. Replace nutrients that are commonly depleted by Lyme disease and associated co-infections

  2. Boost the immune system

  3. Heal the gut

  4. Address inflammation with diet and supplementation

  5. Target active infections with herbs, IV therapy, and/or antibiotics

  6. Support your mitochondria

  7. Address hormonal imbalances caused by the infection. This may include the use of bio-identical hormones or thyroid.

With our approach, we fight the infection while building your immune system and your overall health.

Our comprehensive, holistic approach to your health and beauty

Our medical team will provide a comprehensive diagnosis and assessment of the area you would like to perform any procedure. We will discuss all the available options that can either be paired or added for an integrated care of your health and beauty - an approach that will treat you from the inside out. Our team offers naturopathy which can assess your nutrition/diet/lifestyle for optimal skin health, IV therapy and vitamin infusions for rejuvenated skin, medical facials including microneedling and hydrafacials, and more.

 

All new clients will consult with a certified and trained medical staff in order to properly assess the preferred area of treatment.