Chronic Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Q & A

Each year in the United States, almost 400,000 people contract Lyme disease through a tick bite. If left untreated, this disease can turn your body into a multi-front battleground as it ravages various body systems. And the news doesn’t get better when it comes it to medical help, as Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are often misdiagnosed. At Environmental Health Center–Buffalo (EHC Buffalo), environmental and integrative medicine specialist Dr. Kalpana Patel has extensive experience helping her patients get properly diagnosed in order to find the right treatment. If you’re dealing with chronic Lyme disease and are in or around Buffalo, NY, call the office, schedule an appointment using the online booking tool or call for a phone consultation.

What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, which can deliver spiral-shaped bacteria-spirochete called Borrelia burgdorferi or Borrelia mayonii through their bites. In the eastern part of the US, the carrier is typically a deer tick.

When caught early, Lyme disease can be successfully treated. Unfortunately, many cases are misdiagnosed and chronic Lyme disease can set in, creating serious health problems that can involve almost every system in the human body.

In fact, many victims of chronic Lyme disease suffer from co-infections, so no two cases are alike as the different bacteria attack your body without bias, affecting different systems in different people.

What other diseases are passed through ticks?
Lyme disease isn’t the only problem when it comes to ticks, which can also pass on the following diseases:

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Babesiosis
  • Bartonella infection
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Southern tick-associated rash illness
  • Relapsing fever
  • Tularemia
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Powassan encephalitis
  • Q fever

The bottom line is that if you’ve been bitten by a tick, you should monitor the area closely for any rash or reaction and have an expert like Dr. Patel take a look. While most tick bites present nothing more than a nuisance, the threat of any of the diseases listed above should prompt you to err on the side of caution when it comes to tick bites.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?
This question is arguably one of the biggest problems when it comes to Lyme disease. There’s no single test for Lyme disease — it is a clinical diagnosis supported by lab tests. Chronic Lyme disease often mimics other health problems, sending doctors on a wild goose chase.

This is why a specialist like Dr. Patel is so important: through her thorough understanding of the disease, she knows what to look out for and what important markers indicate the presence of the insidious spiral-shaped bacteria.

Dr. Patel understands how Lyme disease can affect multiple systems, especially if there’s a co-infection, which means that the tick also carried other bacteria that’s causing another infection in addition to the Lyme disease.

What are the treatments for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases?
In its early stages, a strong course of antibiotics is usually sufficient in battling tick-borne diseases. If your disease was left untreated, however, the battleground is constantly moving throughout your body.

Again, this is why a specialist in tick-borne diseases, such as Dr. Patel, is crucial in treating your chronic condition, because she understands the cascading effect of these diseases and works to regain control over your health.

If you’re frustrated by the lack of proper care when it comes to your chronic Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease, call EHC Buffalo to get the help you need. Or you can schedule a consultation online using the booking tool.