Lyme Disease Testing
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that occurs as a result of a borrelia burgdorferi infection and can be found all over the world. A rash (the most well-known is the Bull’s Eye rash) and flu-like symptoms such as joint discomfort and fevers are common in the early stages of the disease.
Fatigue, joint and muscular discomfort, and cognitive impairments, among other symptoms, may appear in the latter stages. Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite, most commonly from an infected black-legged tick, and symptoms can take up to 6 weeks to appear. Co-infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, and other diseases are frequently carried by infected ticks.
Patients can develop long-term excessive weariness, joint and muscular pain, nerve pain, mental fog, psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety, and a variety of other symptoms if they are not addressed. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and psychological illnesses are just a few of the ailments that might be misdiagnosed with these symptoms.
The following conditions have been associated with Tick-born illness.
A negative test does not mean you do not have the disease.
Unfortunately, blood tests have considerable limitations, and there is currently debate over how much weight a blood test should be given in the diagnosis of Lyme illness. Lyme disease can exist without a positive test result.
You will not always have a bull's eye rash in the early stages of disease.
Commonly, many patients do not experience a rash at all, and often times the rash does not resemble the bull’s eye rash that we’re all familiar with. Instead patients will experience moderate to severe flu-like symptoms.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lyme Disease Testing?
If you are suffering symptoms of Lyme Disease or have recently visited an area where ticks may have been present, you should take the Lyme Disease Test.
Even if you eat a healthy diet, your intestines may not be absorbing nutrients from food properly, resulting in vitamin shortages. Intestinal malabsorption is the medical term for this condition. It’s frequently linked to health problems that cause inflammation and damage to the intestines’ absorptive surfaces. It may be tough to consume vitamins and nutrients as oral supplements if you have a sensitive digestive system. An inflammatory response is triggered by genetic predisposition, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. Inflammatory bowel illnesses, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are two of the most frequent. Celiac disease is another. • Nutrient deficiencies might be linked to IBS and food sensitivities.
No. Fasting before testing is unnecessary.
Antibodies for Lyme Disease can first be detected within days of initial exposure, but in some cases may take up to 6 weeks to be manifested. We recommend getting tested if you have been potentially exposed in the past two months.
If you are diagnosed with Lyme Disease, one of our connected doctors will recommend a treatment plan. Oral antibiotics are usually prescribed for two to four weeks.