Chronic Lyme disease
– a complex clinical picture
A complex clinical picture can develop after months or even years if an acute infection with borrelia (Lyme disease) does not heal:
Borrelia (spirochete bacteria) can change their shape (to form, for example, cysts or biofilms) and move from the bloodstream into body cells. This is why most antibiotics do not work, or are only temporarily effective.
Borrelia can camouflage themselves and inhibit the immune system, thus protecting themselves from attack. A successful therapy must focus on strengthening the immune system, regenerating damaged tissues, and combating all forms of the borrelia.
Even diagnosis is highly complicated. It is possible that the IgM and IgG antibodies against borrelia are not formed due to weakening of the immune system despite an active infection.
It is difficult for the immune system to recognise borrelia, particularly in the case of immune deficiency, because the bacteria can change their shape (they can organise themselves into a so-called biofilm or form round shapes or cysts within the cells). It is even possible that there is a kind of co-operation with human proteins for camouflage.
The most reliable diagnostic method is the lymphocyte transformation test for borrelia activity. This involves confronting the T-lymphocytes with borrelia-specific proteins and then measuring their activity (the cytokine pattern) in a special immunological laboratory. In addition, immunoblotting or determining the CD57-positive natural killer (NK) cells can prove helpful for diagnosis.
These methods may be considerably more effective for diagnosing chronic Lyme disease than assessing the borrelia antibodies IgM and IgG. The literature describes that only about 30% of patients with chronic borreliosis are diagnosed using conventional antibody detection (particularly in the case of neuroborreliosis).
A chronic borrelia infection must always be considered in the case of all hitherto unexplained states of exhaustion, chronic pain (not solely in the joints), or neurological and psychiatric illnesses.
The basis of therapy is improvement of the immunity situation
and regeneration of damaged organs.
Detoxification (see Detox/Environmental Medicine) should also always be carried out if heavy metals have accumulated, as well as a balancing of any micronutrient deficiency in order to improve general health and reverse impairment of the immune function and self-healing capacities.
If possible, of course, all forms of borrelia should be killed. In addition to antibiotics, a large range of highly effective plant-based and mainstream medicines (in the form of infusions, tinctures or capsules for use at home) is also available – based on the knowledge gained from fundamental research on borrelia.
The aim, apart from killing the bacteria, is also to change the cellular environment. Our therapy concept is supported by vital field therapy, ozone therapy, oxyvenation, IHHT and hyperthermia (see elsewhere).
It is necessary to rule out a chronic borrelia infection if you are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms.
- General: chronic tiredness and exhaustion, sleeplessness, susceptibility to infection, feeling cold, night sweats.
- Pain: joint and muscle pain (often moving from one joint to another), shinbone and heel pain when lying down, sudden shooting pains in an arm or leg, head and/or neck pain, facial pain.
- Heart: irregular heartbeat (frequently also at night), myocardial insufficiency, high blood pressure.
- Psyche: frequent depressive phases during an attack, sometimes also inner restlessness. Anxiety, panic attacks and nightmares can also occur, as can loss of drive.
- Nervous system: memory impairment, difficulty finding words or thinking, fogginess in the head, short-term orientation disorders (place, time), lameness, trembling, spasticity, sensation of cold, polyneuropathy, difficulty walking, dizziness, balance problems, tremors.
- Eyes: recurring conjunctivitis, retinitis, neurinitis, dryness, eyes are often sticky in the morning.
- Bladder: irritable bladder, urinary incontinence or retention.
- Liver: unexplained increase in liver test values, intolerance to alcohol.
- Skin: acrodermatitis atrophicans: diffuse pain, cold to the touch, bluish discoloration.