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What happens when you have Lyme Disease? How is Lyme Disease progressing?

Lyme disease (Borreliosis) progresses slowly and in different stages. A typical sign, shortly after an infection, is reddening, usually about the size of the palm of your hand, in the area of the sting, although the size can vary greatly.

This is followed by (mostly acute) manifestations in various organ and tissue systems with a variety of symptoms.

  • The nervous system falls ill (neuroborreliosis): The second stage can be recognized by meningitis and nerve root inflammation. Inflammation of the heart and myocardium: Trigger cardiac arrhythmia. Inflammation of the eyes: This mainly affects the middle of the eye.

How dangerous is Lyme Disease?

According to the Robert Koch Institute, up to 30 percent of ticks are infected with the borreliosis pathogen, the so-called Borrelia, depending on the region. These screw-like bacteria burrow deep into the tissue and can sometimes escape the body's own immune system. If this infection is detected in time, it is highly treatable. According to studies from Germany and Switzerland, a Borrelia infection was detected after a tick bite in 2.6 to 5.6% of those affected, characterized by the so-called seroconversion, i.e. the appearance of antibodies in the blood. Only a small proportion of those infected become ill. Overall, 0.3 to 1.4% of tick bites are associated with symptoms (Nahimana et al 2004; Heininger et al 1993; Maiwald et al 1998; Paul et al 1987).

How fast does Lyme Disease show?

Reddening of the bite site that appears and disappears shortly after removing the tick is harmless. Skin reactions that only show up a few days later, on the other hand, are typical of a Borrelia infection. The first symptoms appear within a few weeks to a few months after infection with the Lyme disease pathogen (via a tick bite). Typically, a painful, nonpurulent inflammation of the meninges and nerve roots of the spinal cord develops.

What kind of pain does Lyme disease cause?

  • fleeting Migratory Arthritis, Arthralgia and Myalgia Bursitis, Enthesitis (Bursitis)
  • Cephalgia (headache)
  • radicular pain syndromes (so-called Bannwarth syndrome)
  • cranial nerve symptoms (especially facial paralysis)
  • sensory disturbances Cardiac Arrhythmias, excitation formation and conduction disorders
  • Eye symptoms (eg. double vision)

What are the late effects of Lyme disease?

Characteristic of the late manifestations are chronic exhaustion and rapid fatigue, an episodic course of the disease with a strong feeling of illness, and symptoms that jump from place to place. In addition, many different symptoms of the respective organ manifestations can occur.

  • inflammation of the nervous system (meningitis and Bannwarth syndrome)
  • Arthritis
  • inflammation of the skin over the joints (Acrodermatitis)
  • numbness in the feet
  • stiffness in the neck area

How long is reddening visible? How long does the redness stay with Lyme disease?

In the period from 3 to 30 days after infection with Lyme disease. Without treatment, the redness will disappear after about 10 weeks.

In half of the cases of incipient Lyme disease, a blush sets in. The technical term is erythema migrans. Redness appears around the sting site over a period of seven days to three weeks. In some cases, this migrates in a locally limited area.

What happens if Lyme Disease is not treated?

The temporal differentiation between early and late stages is arbitrary. Manifestations of Lyme borreliosis that occur more than 6 months after the onset of infection are referred to here as late manifestations or as chronic.

Lyme disease can cause numerous symptoms. Particularly common are:

  • Fatigue (exhaustion, chronic illness)
  • Encephalopathy (brain disorders)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological symptoms (including polyneuropathy)
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Urogenital Symptoms
  • eye symptoms
  • skin symptoms
  • heart diseases
  • Acrodermatitis chronica is a late-stage disease-proving skin manifestation
  • atrophicans (ACA)
  • Chronic polyneuropathy, which is often associated with ACA, is also considered a typical late-stage disease manifestation

Why do Lyme symptoms last so long?

The symptoms are diverse, diagnoses are often incorrect and misdiagnoses are often made. Chronic joint inflammation develops that feels like rheumatism. The severe pain comes in spurts. Other symptoms: encephalitis, muscle or facial paralysis - and the heart can also be damaged The disease can be acute or chronic and damage various organs. The most common symptom is erythema migrans, a spreading reddening of the skin that usually develops a few days after a tick bite and is the surest clinical sign of Lyme disease. Another common sign is lymphadenosis benigna cutis, a reddish to bluish, circumscribed swelling of a soft consistency that manifests itself a few weeks to months after a tick bite, usually on the earlobe, scrotum, or in the nipple area. A so-called acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans (ACA) develops many months to years after the acute infection, usually asymmetrically and often unilaterally, preferably on the extensor sides of the legs (knees and lower legs) or arms (elbows and forearms). In the early stages, the skin is bluish-red and thickened with oedema, after months it becomes pale, thinned, and inelastic (wrinkled like cigarette paper).

Symptoms

How does Lyme disease become noticeable?

Classic signs of infection such as fever, muscle, joint and headaches or swollen lymph nodes can also occur. If Lyme disease is not recognized and treated professionally, the second stage begins after weeks or months, some of whose symptoms can already be counted among the long-term effects.

Symptoms

  • fever & chills
  • tachycardia
  • headache
  • facial paralysis
  • hearing loss
  • Erythema migrans (migratory blush)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain

 

Lyme disease symptoms stage II

  • paralysis
  • muscle and nerve pain
  • increased occurrence of flu-like symptoms
  • reddening of the skin over the entire body
  • impairment of cognitive abilities

 

Therapy

Course of Therapy

It is our own organism that knows how to defend itself against invaders - be it bacteria such as Borrelia, viruses such as the Epstein-Barr virus or other pathogens. However, an affected organism and its overwhelmed immune system need "help to help themselves" and thus an impetus from the outside! This happens e.g. B. by increasing the temperature up to 42°C, which in the case of the EHP® a therapeutic fever (controlled technically generated temperature) is generated by an external hemoperfusion.

 

The artificial generation of fever (hyperthermia), various types of blood purification (hemoperfusion and apheresis) and finally or additionally a strong enrichment of the blood with oxygen (oxygenation) to achieve a maximum treatment effect. The intention is to help the body as efficiently and with as few side effects as possible to free itself from any burdens and to allow the immune system to resume its own work with full force. To put it bluntly, you can do this procedure, which is carried out over several hours in one day with the participation of various specialists and a perfusionist. Pathogens, heavy metals, cell waste and other foreign bodies are removed from the body - neutralized (?). For this purpose, the blood is drained from the organism and heated to over 41.6 °C by means of hemo-hyperthermia (heating of the blood). This leads to the death of Borrelia and other pathogens. A special and unique form of apheresis cleanses the blood of it. These operations are repeated over several hours. By administering massive amounts of oxygen (oxygenation), an oxygen saturation or pO2 (oxygen partial pressure) of approx. 700% is finally reached in the tissue. This form of oxygenation leads to maximum cell renewal processes and a real restart of the immune system.

What happens if you stop ongoing therapy?

Each patient is free to discontinue treatment before the end of therapy. In any case, we recommend a discussion with the treating team of doctors to rule out possible risks.

How long does Lyme disease therapy last?

The duration of therapy is individually dependent on the current state of health of the patient and on the healing success of the therapy.

What prospects does the client have after the therapy has been completed?

The unique overall concept developed by us offers those affected and their relatives a competent, interdisciplinary method, free of any doctrines, to successfully treat Lyme disease in the acute stage and especially in the chronic course. We also pay attention to diseases associated with Lyme disease and initiate the recovery process as quickly as possible with accompanying pain therapy.

What can be done against chronic Lyme disease?

1. EHP up to 42°C

2. Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)

3. Ten Pass Ozone Therapy with 40 times the ozone dosage

Therapy with EHP®

Extracorporeal hyperthermia perfusion

We have a very good experience with EHP® therapy. You can also find more information about the therapy on our web page .                                                    We are happy to explain the content of the EHP® therapy in a personal conversation.

 

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FAQ

Am I allowed to work with Lyme disease?

Many Lyme Disease patients are not well enough to go to school or work.

Can Lyme disease be detected?

  • Blood test to detect antibodies - Here, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient through a blood draw
  • Detection of the antibodies in the cerebrospinal fluid - Another test is the examination of the cerebrospinal fluid
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) - With the help of the polymerase chain reaction, Lyme disease can be detected in a short time
  • with ELISpot test
  • CD57+ blood test

Can an MRI show chronic Lyme disease?

  • In order to rule out other causes, imaging is often requested (e.g. CT, MRI of the brain)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including MR angiography is indispensable in the diagnosis of Neuroborreliosis

How can Lyme disease be detected?

The diagnosis of Lyme disease is based on the typical clinical symptoms, the detection of specific antibodies in the blood and - in the case of certain organ manifestations - also in other body fluids (cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid) or the detection of the pathogen DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Can Lyme disease be completely cured?

Overall, it cannot be said with certainty whether Lyme disease is really completely curable. On the other hand, patients can carry the antibodies for a lifetime without the disease ever breaking out again. The success of Lyme disease therapy depends on the start of treatment. The earlier it is started, the more effective it is.

What does redness look like in Lyme disease?

In the case of erythema migrans - known as erythema - the skin reddens. This skin irritation appears at the earliest one week after a tick bite. The reddening is usually painless and rarely itches. The epidermis is not affected. For this reason, there are no scales. In the case of erythema, both lymphocytes and plasma cells flow through the skin. It is recommended for those affected to document the redness by means of photos. If the reddening of the skin occurs, it initially has a diameter of about three to four centimeters.

How is Lyme disease treated in traditional medicine?

Depending on the form of manifestation, various antibiotics are used in conventional medicine to treat Lyme disease. Both a sufficiently high dosage of antibiotics and a correspondingly long treatment period are of great importance for the success of the therapy. In combination therapy, two, sometimes three, antibiotics are used at the same time.

How long does it take for antibiotics to work against Lyme disease?

With regard to the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease, two findings are of outstanding importance:

  • Antibiotics are more effective in the early stages than in the late stages.
  • With an antibiotic, the success of the therapy can be delayed or not occur at all, so a follow-up treatment, possibly with another antibiotic, is necessary.

Is Lyme disease cured after antibiotic treatment?

The fresh infection can often be contained quickly and effectively with antibiotics, but this is often no longer the case with an infection that happened a long time ago.

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