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Low Dose Naltrexone and Lyme Disese

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 every 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, over production 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.

There are studies showing that 20% to 30% of autistic disorders could be caused by Borrelia (Bransfield et al.: Med Hypotheses.2008; 70(5):967-74). 90% of chronic fatigue patients are Lyme positive (informed study by American Lyme Disease Alliance at www.lymealliance.org). Borrelia can cause Parkinson (Arch. of Path. & Lab. Med. 127(9):1204-6).

This documentary is long, but well worth the time if you know someone with symptoms mentioned above. Low Dose Naltrexone has shown to benefit people suffering from Lyme disease. You can go to LDN Research Trust for more information on how LDN can benefit one with Lyme disease. Click HERE to watch the video.

Lyme disease hits home with me on a personal note. My wife and I have been married for 21 years and after being married for a short time, she started experiencing insomnia, fatigue, drowsiness, joint pain, swollen joints, depression and could not work but 3 to 4 hours a day. I had my own drug store at the time and she kept the books. During that time, she could not come to work until around 10:00 a.m. and would stay long enough to go get me something for lunch. She would have to go home around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.

She could not sleep in our bed and would sleep on the couch. She went to the doctor and the doctor could not find anything. I researched her symptoms and came across fibromyalgia. Symptoms were spot on and we started trying to treat it as fibromyalgia. It worked some, but no real recovery.

A couple of years went by and our daughter was selling magazines when I read the first issue of an outdoor sports magazine about ticks and Lyme disease. I could not believe it and had my wife read the article. I called the wife of a friend I went to high school, which the doctors thought had Lyme disease. They found out later he had ALS. His wife told me the doctor they had seen when they were thinking it was Lyme and I immediately made an appointment with the doctor.

As you have probably guessed, she had Lyme disease! We were very fortunate with the fact that she recovered after treating with antibiotics. We just wished it could have been diagnosed much sooner. It would have eliminated a lot of suffering. Many people are not as fortunate. The documentary above mentions how treatment must have two parts, the antibiotics and the immune side of the disease. This is where LDN comes in, taking care of the immune system.

Please contact us if you have any questions about Low Dose Naltrexone. You may not have Lyme Disease, but LDN has been shown to help with the autoimmune diseases mentioned above and more, which have very similar symptoms. Hayley and I are very excited and passionate about what LDN has done for many patients. I have talked to several of our own patients and was overwhelmed about their testimonies of the benefits of LDN. Hayley or I would love to talk to you about it. LDN just may be what you need!

Craig Wells, RPh

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