317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Effective Treatment for Persistent Lyme Disease


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We Help What Hurts Effective Treatment for Persistent Lyme Disease

Effective treatment for persistent Lyme disease is available but it requires a high index of suspicion, a long term view, and realistic expectations.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a bite from the Borrelia Burgdorfer tick that can cause arthritis, musculoskeletal, heart and brain problems. Other reported symptoms which may come and go include fatigue, mood changes, psychiatric disorders, dizziness, shortness of breath, eye inflammation, heart rhythm problems. Since the incubation period is one to two weeks, because many patients do not recall having been bitten by a tick, and since many Lyme disease symptoms mimic those of other disorders, the diagnosis of can be difficult.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Many people know that with heart or cerebral vascular disease, you can have a heart attack or stroke, but they are not aware that PAD, too, can have a dramatic effect on quality of life. To get an idea of how disabling PAD can be, imagine if the arteries in your legs were having angina or if your foot were having a stroke.

The majority of people do not go from having no symptoms to severe vascular pain overnight. However, without an index of suspicion for PAD, most confuse the leg pain — and cramping caused by PAD — with something else. One common example is neurogenic claudication. In this case, leg pain is due to narrowing of the back’s spinal canal (called stenosis).

Non-Cardiac Chest Wall Pain

Relief for Non Cardiac Chest wall pain can be difficult to come by. Quite often a full evaluation is done to rule out cardiac sources of chest pain but if none are found consideration of non cardiac causes can be lacking.

Non Cardiac Chest wall pain refers to chest pain secondary to musculoskeletal or inflammatory causes. The pain may be secondary to a muscle strain in the chest wall itself, or in the back. It may be secondary to sprained ligaments in the neck, mid back, shoulder or chest wall itself. It may be due to nerve entrapment, irritation or to non cardiac vascular sources (such as thoracic outlet syndrome).