Lyme disease, is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an enlarged red rash, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful. Approximately 70–80% of infected people develop a rash. Other early symptoms may include fever, headache, and fatigue. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.
Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs. Nymphs are tiny (less than 2 mm) and difficult to see; they feed during the spring and summer months. Adult ticks can also transmit Lyme disease bacteria, but they are much larger and are more likely to be discovered and removed before they have had time to transmit the bacteria. Adult Ixodes ticks are most active during the cooler months of the year.
Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.
The CDC (Canadian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) currently recommends a two-step testing process for Lyme disease. Both steps are required and can be done using the same blood sample. If this first step is negative, no further testing is recommended. If the first step is positive or indeterminate (sometimes called “equivocal”), the second step should be performed. The overall result is positive only when the first test is positive (or equivocal) and the second test is positive (or for some tests equivocal).
It is worth noting that most Lyme disease tests are designed to detect antibodies made by the body in response to infection. Antibodies can take several weeks to develop, so patients may test negative if recently infected.
Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured with a 2-to-4-week course of oral antibiotics. However, in untreated people, the infection often disseminates to the nervous system, heart, or joints, possibly causing permanent damage to body tissues.
Some patients can have nonspecific, subjective symptoms such as fatigue, joint and muscle aches, or cognitive difficulties for more than six months after recommended treatment for Lyme disease. This condition is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS).
It is unknown why some patients experience PTLDS. Some experts believe that Borrelia burgdorferi can trigger an “auto-immune” response causing symptoms that last well after the infection itself is gone. Other experts hypothesize that PTLDS results from a persistent but difficult to detect infection. Finally, some believe that the symptoms of PTLDS are due to other causes unrelated to the patient’s Borrelia burgdorferi infection. Patients with PTLDS usually get better over time, but it can take many months to feel completely well again.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF Therapy)
As symptoms of Lyme Disease can include fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and cognitive difficulties, PEMF therapy may be used as a natural, non evasive approach to help combat these symptoms.
PEMF Therapy supports optimal cell function. When cells are exposed to PEMF it allows for the increased intake of minerals, nutrients, and oxygen which supports the production of ATP (the body’s energy supply), increased ion transfer, cellular voltage, and circulation. PEMF also facilitates the removal of toxins, CO2, and Water, maximizing cellular performance.
As the production of ATP is increased, the body’s energy supply increases, helping to battle the fatigue often experienced by Lyme sufferers.
The secret of PEMF lies in the improvement of microcirculation, the circulation of blood in the smallest blood vessels of the body. Research has found that PEMF therapy is an effective tool to combat and reduce joint and muscle pain by reducing inflammation.
The Omnium1 PEMF therapy mat delivers a specialized therapeutic waveform to target these very small blood vessels promoting improved blood flow and increased oxygen and nutrient supply to tissues and organs.
This improved microcirculation and overall optimization of cellular function increases the human body’s ability to heal and repair chronic illness and injury.
With very few treatment options for Lyme Disease, PEMF therapy could be a good avenue to explore. Renting a PEMF system to see how it works for you could be the best next step. Many clients with Lyme have had amazing results from using their Omnium1 2.0 or iMRS Prime PEMF systems. They report more energy, better sleep, a reduction in pain and inflammation, and more.