Should you get tested for Lyme disease?

I see a lot of patients who are sick, but were told my their medical providers that they are “fine.”  Perhaps you have had this experience as well. You’ve had physical exams, blood work, and maybe even imaging.  It’s all normal, or almost normal, and no diagnosis can be made.  This would be good news if you actually felt fine.  But you don’t.  You feel awful.  If you are in this situation, you may be wondering if you should be tested for Lyme disease. It’s common around here, and you probably know someone who has had it.

Getting tested for Lyme disease is often an important part of figuring out what’s going on with your health, but is almost never the only thing that needs looking into. You should be tested for other infections as well – co infections that are also transmitted by ticks, and chronic viral and bacterial infections too.  In addition to looking for pathogens, it is important to to have a full work up of your thyroid function. This includes testing not only TSH, but thyroid antibodies and thyroid hormones.  Adrenal health is also very important and can be tested with a simple saliva or urine sample.

Once you have a complete picture of what is going on with your body, you can look into the various treatment options.  While I prescribe pharmaceuticals if needed, I focus on herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements, along with acupuncture and craniosacral therapy to correct imbalances and bring you back to health.

If you would like help figuring out what laboratory testing you need, please go to the scheduling page to set up an appointment.