Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics, Given orally, by injection (intramuscular), or intravenously.
Treatment of an early diagnosis is at least three to eight weeks of antibiotics or until the symptoms completely subside (which can be up to a year). In severe chronically ill lyme patients treatment can last from 3-5 years.
Treatment for an infected person having undiagnosed Lyme for months or years will need a longer course of antibiotics. In some severe neurological cases, IVIG is used to support the immune system during treatment.
In patients who have had previous treatment or inadequate treatment (inadequate doses or inadequate length of treatment), Lyme can form an L-form or a cyst. The infection then becomes resistant to antibiotic therapy. Specific treatment is often required.
It is vital that the body not see the same antibiotic treatment for too long, as resistance, cysts, and side effects develope. Consider changing dose, timing, and drug regularly to keep the germs responsive to therapy.
Don’t get scared upon hearing treatment plans of high dose antibiotic. Risks from carefully managed antibiotics are generally low .Risks from untreated Lyme are much worse.
Be aware that symptoms usually get worse before getting better. This is called a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction and is your body’s reaction to the killed bacteria toxins. The bacteria actively comes out of the cells to battle the antibiotic. Patient will feel worsening of symptoms. Patient may experience hot sweats, palpitations, feverish, a sensation of passing out or dying. The peak of a herx is usually between 2-7 days after starting any antibiotic or after increasing the dose. It can last up to 2 weeks with another few days after that of ups and downs, the body balancing out, if by 3-4 weeks after starting antibiotics you see some symptoms getting better( not necessarily feeling good) then you know you killed a layer of infection.
Alternative and complimentary custom treatments such as a variety of probiotics, vitamins, mineral, herbs, and homeopathics are essential to support and build the immune system while undergoing heavy antibiotic treatment. Chronic illness is famous for depleting vitamin stores. In chronic cases of patients with absorption problems IV can be used for vitamins and minerals.
A combined approach is the key, treating bacteria and all affected organs at the same time.
Do non aerobics exercise every other day. Get out in fresh air. Make sure to oxegenate your body as bacteria cannot live with oxygen.
Heat packs and a hot bath in baking soda or Epsom salt are known to be helpful for pain relief, as heat kills bacteria.