The CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is the American government’s public health agency. As a federal agency and part of the Department of Health and Human Services, it is responsible for protecting people from health threats and improving the overall health of Americans.
They work towards their mission by researching, reviewing scientific advancements, and reporting findings. The CDC is often the go-to source for disease information, treatments, and data for physicians and the public.
CDC and Lyme Disease
One area of focus for the CDC is Lyme Disease. The CDC reports there are over 476,000 reported cases of Lyme disease annually in America. They acknowledge Lyme disease cases are rising and becoming an epidemic.
The CDC reports Lyme disease is transmitted by the black-legged tick, better known as the deer tick, which is now found in every state. People encounter ticks while outdoors and when not taking protective measures to prevent a tick bite.
CDC Information on Lyme Disease
If bitten, the CDC reports you may see a bullseye rash on your body, a sure sign of Lyme disease. You may also feel symptoms like the following:
- Stiff neck
- Joint pain
If left untreated, additional symptoms may appear, including:
- Facial palsy
- Multiple rashes
- Neurological problems
- Mental health symptoms
- Severe pain in joints and muscles
The CDC admits that testing for Lyme disease is difficult because the current testing methods are not always accurate. Despite this understanding, the CDC does not recommend seeking treatment from Lyme-literate doctors with advanced testing methods.
According to the CDC, treatment for Lyme disease consists of taking antibiotics for two to three weeks. For many years, the CDC stated that after taking antibiotics, your Lyme disease had been treated and that any symptoms that linger were not related to Lyme bacteria. They claimed Lyme disease was not a chronic disorder.
CDC and Chronic Lyme Disease
Until recently, the CDC has not acknowledged that chronic Lyme disease symptoms exist. For years, they reported a lack of evidence that the symptoms a person feels long after being treated for Lyme disease are directly related to Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme bacteria. They did not support the theory from reputable and distinguished sources that an infection can cause long-term adverse effects.
The CDC stated the source of chronic symptoms was unknown and may be related to other factors.
Unfortunately, general practitioners follow the CDC guidelines when treating patients for Lyme disease. If the CDC says chronic Lyme disease cannot be treated or does not exist, doctors will refuse to treat it. Patients are left feeling alone, like their symptoms are all in their minds and like it is their fault they feel the way they do.
Something happened that would change the CDC’s stance on chronic Lyme disease, COVID-19.
COVID-19 and Chronic Symptoms
After the worldwide coronavirus pandemic began to settle, it was apparent that many people were still suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Symptoms lingered for weeks and months. Some people are still dealing with long-term symptoms.
Chronic symptoms of COVID-19 support researchers’ and Lyme-literate doctors’ beliefs that infections can become chronic even if treated early. People with Lyme disease have been saying this for years, but the CDC was not listening. Now, thanks to long COVID, they admit it is real.
CDC Validates Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms
The CDC has updated its online resources to include a page titled “Chronic Symptoms Following Infections.” They list general symptoms that may occur weeks, months, or years after an infection. The symptoms include the following:
- Feeling so tired you cannot function at work, home, or other roles.
- Feeling like you have the flu.
- Feeling worse symptoms after mental or physical exertion.
- Having trouble thinking, concentrating, or finding words to use when speaking.
- Experiencing recurrent joint pain.
- Experiencing sleep disturbances.
The CDC lists disease agents that can cause chronic symptoms, including Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
CDC Claims Causes of Chronic Symptoms Are Unknown
The CDC reports researchers are still working on discovering why symptoms persist in some people. However, infectious disease doctors and researchers have found several reasons. With Lyme disease, the bacteria can avoid detection by the immune system and antibiotics. They form biofilms, which act like tiny shields protecting them.
Lyme bacteria can also hide in cell walls and tissues and go dormant. When not active, bacteria are not detectable. Combine these factors with individual traits and possible coinfections, and symptoms become chronic for multiple reasons.
CDC Claims Treatments Are Limited
Currently, the CDC reports antibiotics are the treatment for chronic symptoms of infections. They suggest treating chronic disease symptoms using the guidelines for treating chronic fatigue syndrome. Their suggestions include establishing good sleep habits, activity management, massage, memory aids, and medications to treat symptoms.
Infectious disease doctors and researchers have numerous alternative treatments that do much more than manage symptoms. They offer treatments to eliminate bacteria from your body and boost your immune system, eliminating your symptoms.
Examples of treatments for chronic symptoms include the following:
- Therapeutic apheresis removes infected blood and replaces it with healthy, donated blood.
- Hyperthermia increases internal temperature to a degree that boosts the immune system.
- Biofilm eradication uses binders to attach to biofilms so they can be destroyed.
- IV infusions of antibiotics and vitamins, sending them directly into the bloodstream.
What the CDC’s Validation Means for the Future of Lyme Disease
Having the CDC affirm chronic Lyme disease symptoms do exist opens many doors regarding research and scientific opportunities. It also means awareness increases and gives hope to people suffering for a long time.
The CDC states they can provide funding for research projects, improve guidelines for physicians, collect data, and learn more about effective treatments so they can better serve people with chronic symptoms.
You don’t have to wait for the CDC to catch up to receive treatment. You can contact a Lyme literate specialist today who can provide the comprehensive assessment, accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and healing you deserve.
If you’re looking to travel outside the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom (UK), then Lyme Mexico Clinic is an excellent place to learn about alternative treatments. Call them today to see how you can benefit.
Dr. Morales Comments on This Below
The CDC’s recognition of Lyme Disease as chronic is a significant win for both patients and the medical community who have relentlessly advocated for the acknowledgement of the disease’s chronicity and complexity. Over 35 patient groups, including those listed below, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), which represents clinicians treating Lyme disease across the nation, have made slow but steady progress over the years. It’s important to recognize the CDC’s efforts in addressing the ongoing challenges of this hidden pandemic.
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