Lyme disease can become chronic if not diagnosed and treated with something such as neural therapy soon after the initial infection. For some, chronic Lyme disease means chronic pain. Not just ordinary pain, but severe, debilitating pain.
Pain can come from several sources, but the most common associated with Lyme disease is arthritis. Every time the body thinks it has a foreign substance or invader, it produces inflammation. The inflammation travels to the spot where the invader is hiding and attacks it. This is a great feature of the human body unless you have Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease and Arthritis
When you become infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, it travels in your bloodstream. The bacteria is strong and intelligent. It knows how to create biofilms that act as armor, and it can hide in the lining of blood vessels and go dormant.
However, your body constantly senses an intruder is trying to harm you. It feels the Lyme bacteria is still somewhere in your system, and it wants to eliminate it. So, it is constantly producing inflammation and instructing it to hunt down the bacteria and kill them.
The problem is that the inflammation cannot always find the Lyme bacteria. This leaves your body in a constant state of inflammation.
Lyme Disease Pain
Inflammation often travels and stops at your joints. Some think this is because there is usually scar tissue in those areas and Lyme bacteria like to hide out in scar tissue. The most important factor to address, however, is the pain you feel.
Inflammation causes swelling and tightness in the areas around your joints. They may feel hot to the touch. You may not be able to bend or flex areas that are inflamed. This causes great pain, a painful sequela, which is how pain management specialists identify pain that follows another disorder. The pain appears as a sequel to Lyme disease.
Treatment for Lyme Disease Pain
The first line of treatment by general practitioners is anti-inflammatory medicines. Inflammation is always present if you have Lyme disease, but some days it will be much more noticeable than other days. Most anti-inflammatory medications are topical and can be rubbed on directly at the spot of pain. Topical medicines allow you to have the total dose since it does not have to pass through the digestive system where medications are broken down.
Another pain management method is from a pain management specialist. The use of prescription drugs is often recommended. They may begin with an analgesic, but they will add muscle relaxers, hypnotics, and opioids over time. Before long, you are too sedated to get out of bed. Doctors may not tell you that drugs like these cause their own set of pain, and addiction is likely, especially with opioids.
Treatments Other Than Pain Medicines
There are many other options besides seeing a pain management specialist. However, you will need to seek treatment with a Lyme literate specialist.
Lyme-literate doctors have spent years researching, studying, and practicing in the field of Lyme disease and other infectious diseases. They have advanced treatments that your general practitioner may not even know about yet.
Pain treatments are based on many factors outside of the location of your pain. Your intensity, duration, and co-occurring conditions are a few other components. Also, if a structure is involved, that means a nerve supply is nearby. Each time the structure is stimulated, the pain will appear. There are treatments to help with this type of pain.
One promising treatment is Neural Therapy.
Neural Therapy for Lyme Pain
Every person has electrochemical functions happening in our tissues and cells. They send signals to our nervous system. When your body experiences a trauma, the electrochemical operations can be disrupted. Your nervous system may be receiving false signals, causing a reaction, a pain reaction.
Lyme-literate doctors have discovered ways to take control over the electrochemical functioning using a local anesthetic injected into specific areas of your body. Examples include scars, peripheral nerves, autonomic ganglia, trigger points, glands, and other tissues.
A comprehensive evaluation will determine where your injections can give you the most relief.
Neural therapy is an excellent alternative to surgery and pain medicines, both of which carry significant risks and can be expensive. While most people get three to six injections, many report almost immediate relief, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis in just a few hours.
Theories Behind Neural Therapy Effectiveness
Researchers claim there are multiple reasons for the effectiveness of neural therapy. Here are their theories:
- Nervous System Theory, which is centered on the fact that illness leads to changes in nerve cells that lead to disorganized, chaotic signaling of nerves. Neural therapy calms the nerves.
- The fascial Continuity System suggests a scar or anomaly in the tissue surrounding your joints, ligaments, tendons, and organs, causing a defect in electrical signaling. Neural therapy is a solution.
- Ground System Matrix Theory, a complex theory, states that our bodies are made of a web or matrix of elements that function correctly, especially electrical functioning. A problem anywhere in the matrix will cause the whole system to malfunction. Neural therapy can correct this problem.
- Lymphatic System Theory claims neural therapy can restore the lymphatic system that illnesses have damaged like Lyme disease.
There are many other alternative treatments used by Lyme literate specialists that can complement neural therapy.
Biofilm eradication is designed to break down the barriers of biofilms to destroy bacteria. They are broken down until they are no longer able to reproduce and form more biofilms. This protocol helps to rid the body of the entire biofilm, not just a portion of it like many antibiotics do.
Other treatments include apheresis, hyperthermia, antioxidant protocols, supplements, and detox therapies.
Call a Lyme-literate specialist today to learn more about neural therapy or other advanced treatments. Don’t be afraid to seek treatment with the best specialists in the industry, even if that means they are outside the United States. You deserve a life without Lyme.