Lyme Disease

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness

Anesthesiology & Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in McLean, VA & Bethesda, MD

Around 30,000 Lyme Disease cases are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) annually in the United States (1).  It is thought, however, that the true number of annual cases in the US is closer to 476,000 (1).  Lyme Disease can cause fatigue, pain and headache (plus other symptoms) in many individuals who are infected.  Most cases, when caught early enough, can be treated and cured with antibiotics in two to four weeks (2).  Some patients, however, still have symptoms for six+ months post treatment (2).  When symptoms last this long, it is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), which has no proven treatment.  PTLDS can be painful, and can negatively impact a person's mood.  Most individuals with PTLDS feel better eventually, but it can take a long time (2).  Ketamine infusions can cause a reduction in pain and depression symptoms for patients with PTLDS.



Lyme disease Q&A

How is Lyme Disease contracted?

Individuals with Lyme Disease have been bitten by a blacklegged tick "that is infected with Borrelia burgdorferi" (1).  Not all ticks are infected; however, if you happen to get bitten, or notice symptoms like a rash, fever, or headaches after being outdoors, it is important to inform your doctor so you can get the right diagnosis.  

How many people with Lyme develop Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome?

When caught early, most individuals fully recover with the right antibiotics (1).  It is not completely understood why some people develop PTLDS; however, some experts think that the bacteria associated with Lyme can trigger an autoimmune reaction that causes more symptoms (1). 

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, "PTLDS occurs secondary to Lyme Disease in 10–15% of patients who were ideally treated with antibiotics.  It is characterized by persistent or recurrent symptoms of fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, and cognitive complaints leading to functional decline" (3).

What are some common symptoms of Lyme/Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome?

-Headaches

-Fatigue

-Stiffness

-Nerve Pain

-Inflammation

-Depression

How can intravenous ketamine infusions help relieve symptoms of Lyme/ Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome?

Ketamine infusions can relieve symptoms of pain and symptoms of depression in patients with PTLDS.  Read our blog about chronic pain to see how ketamine affects pain receptors in the brain, and read our blog about how ketamine helps treat mood disorders to understand how it can reduce depressive symptoms often associated with PTLDS.

Can intravenous vitamin therapy also help reduce my Lyme symptoms? 

Some experts believe that intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy is an effective way to reduce the severity of symptoms associated with Lyme.  Vitamins play various roles in the body, including reducing inflammation, increasing energy, and providing immune support.  When administered through an IV, vitamins are completely absorbed by the body. Discuss IV vitamin therapy with the doctor treating the symptoms of your Lyme Disease. 



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


 

(1) https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/datasurveillance/index.html

(2) https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/postlds/index.html

(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5571854/