Low Dose Naltrexone and Lyme Disease

Low Dose Naltrexone has shown to benefit people suffering from Lyme disease.

Bullseye Lyme Disease Rash
Bullseye rash from a tick bite.

Lyme disease is often overlooked by physicians when assessing patients complaining of symptoms, which are like many other illnesses. Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite and more specifically from a microbe called Borrelia burgdorferi. Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) has shown benefits in treating people suffering with Lyme disease.

Borrelia is transmitted during a tick bite and a “Reddish Bullseye Rash” will occur in 30% to 40% of the patients after 5 to 7 days and has been as long as 7 to 10 weeks after. Only 20% of patients will show flu-like symptoms and experience a feverish reaction lasting only for a couple of days. As many as 90% of patients are cured with or without antibiotics. What about the 10%? Only 30% to 40% of chronic Lyme patients ever remember a tick bite.

Stage III Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms

  • Power loss or reduction at work, home or sports (mental or physical)
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, listlessness
  • Tingling like ants running, numbness, burning skin sensation
  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Heachace, dizziness
  • Migrating joint pain (all joints are possible)
  • Feverish infection
  • Mental strain, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis
  • Back pain, sciatic pain syndrome
  • Sleeplessness with partly sweating, urge to urinate mostly between 2 and 4 o’clock at night
  • Sore throat, tendencies for general infections – HSV or EVB infections
  • Burning eyes, overproduction of tears, blurred vision, double vision, lightheadedness

Many times, Lyme Disease can be miss diagnosed. Could the following conditions really be chronic Lyme disease?

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Infertility
  • Arrythmia, heart attacks, strokes
  • Cancer

Dr. Axe has a good article on the symptoms of Lyme disease and causes to look out for.

Craig Wells, RPh

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