Gettysburg Osteopathic Family Health Center, PC - Osteopathic Manipulation, Integrative Medicine and Lyme Disease
   
Lyme Disease - The Unseen Epidemic?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of deer ticks.  The CDC estimates that over 300,000 people are diagnosed annually with Lyme disease.  This is 1.5 times more people than who are diagnosed with breast cancer and 6 times more than diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria can infect multiple organs including the brain and nervous system, muscles, joints and the heart. Symptoms of Lyme can affect every body system and include fatigue, muscle pain, brain fog, headache, hormone imbalances, chest pain, sweats, and many others.  Blood testing for Lyme disease is problematic in that results can be negative and yet Lyme is actually present. Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that a physician experienced in the diagnosis of Lyme asks questions about the patients medical history, symptoms and exposure to ticks. If indicated a trial of antibiotics can then be given. There is disagreement between two medical societies regarding diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease. The IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) believes that chronic Lyme disease does not exist.  They believe that a 4-6 week course of appropriate antibiotics will cure Lyme. On the other hand, ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) believes chronic Lyme does exist and has published scientifically based treatment guidelines for its management. Because of this disagreement, many patients, children and adults, fall through the cracks and remain undiagnosed and untreated for many years. These patients are the victims of this unseen epidemic. 

Lyme Disease management is very complex, typically involving imbalances in multiple body systems.  For the best outcome, all these imbalances need to be considered and corrected.  Dr. Mauss incorporates all of knowledge and skills he has gained to treat Lyme disease. This includes both conventional and integrative medical interventions.  This holistic approach helps the patient to recover faster and with the least amount of adverse effects. 


Erythema Migricans - the widely recognized Erythema Migrans -
the widely recognized "Bullseye" rash of Lyme disease







 
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