Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infectious disease in America. It’s caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, one of over 150 different pathogens potentially carried and transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged “deer” tick.
Cases of Lyme disease have been increasing globally, leaving many physicians and practitioners caught off guard. This means that many cases of Lyme disease go under-reported, and the disease continues to be fairly under-researched.
At One Agora Integrative Health Clinic, our specialists are not only aware of the disease, but through our extensive functional medicine approach, we’ve helped our patients return to living healthy, vibrant lives.
Some of the more well-known symptoms of Lyme disease include:
Lyme disease is a multi-system infection that can be acute or chronic. It can cause systemic inflammation, restrict your immune system function, and has been linked to several autoimmune diseases.
When it comes to testing for Lyme disease, the conventional method involves a two-tier strategy. This includes the ELISA and Western Blot tests. The challenge with these tests is that they’re sometimes limited in accurately diagnosing Lyme or picking up certain strains of Borrelia bacteria.
This is where a functional medicine approach makes a difference. We partner with independent labs that have developed innovative tests that are more sensitive and specific. After your initial exam, we may recommend tests that include ELISA and Western Blot as well as more sensitive tests, like Immunoblot or molecular testing.
It’s important to note that testing still isn’t perfect. That’s why it’s crucial to look at what’s going on in your body as a whole. This includes other health factors that could indicate Lyme disease, such as:
When it comes to treating Lyme disease, One Agora Integrative Health Clinic goes beyond simple tests and a round of oral antibiotics. We use cutting-edge tools and a holistic approach to get you the most accurate diagnosis and achieve a quicker recovery.
Diagnosing and treating Lyme disease is complex. Lyme disease affects multiple systems in your body – so your treatment should, too. At One Agora Integrative Health Clinic, our medical experts specialize in identifying Lyme disease and creating a tailored treatment plan to help you heal.
If you suspect you have Lyme disease, or if you’re not satisfied with your current treatment, we invite you to book an appointment at our Bloomington, MN, clinic. Give us a call at (952) 234-5898 or contact us online about testing and treating Lyme disease. We look forward to helping you heal from Lyme disease with our functional medicine approach.