Dr. Anju Mathur is a Los Angeles Lyme’s Disease specialist that uses integrative and holistic medical modalities to help patients overcome the effects of Lyme’s Disease. While this disease can be completely eradicated if it is caught early, many times it goes undetected, which causes adverse effects in the body. Dr. Mathur’s Back to Wellness Program can treat several of these effects and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from Lyme’s Disease. She is skilled at determining which tests to perform for each individual case and how to use information gained from a patient’s medical history, test results, current lifestyle habits, and individual imbalances. Another talent that Dr. Mathur possesses involves knowing which therapies to select for an individual’s specific health problem. All inclusive treatment plans can be customized to suit individual needs and imbalances, and Dr. Mathur will create and utilize protocols that reduce and treat the effects of Lyme’s Disease.
What causes Lyme disease and what are the symptoms of this illness?
Lyme’s Disease is bacterial infection caused by a bite from a tick carrying the bacteria. Deer ticks or blacklegged ticks are usually the culprit and spread the disease while feeding on the blood of animals and humans. If left untreated, Lyme’s Disease can spread to the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system, which can lead to nerve problems and arthritis. After being treated with the appropriate antibiotics, Functional Medicine protocols can safely and effectively treat the consequences of Lyme’s Disease.
The first sign of Lyme’s Disease is generally a rash that may resemble a bull’s eye, though not all infected persons have or notice it. Lyme’s Disease can be difficult to diagnose due to the symptoms resembling the flu or other illnesses. One of the main symptoms is called Erythema Migrans, and it usually appears 7 to 10 days after infection. This rash occurs in around 70-80% of people, and it begins at the site of the tick bite from three to thirty days after infection. This rash gradually expands over a period of several days, and it can grow to around one foot in diameter.
Early symptoms of Lyme’s Disease include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle and joint pain
- Stiff neck
- Skin rash
Lyme’s Disease is treated with antibiotics and when caught early enough, most people have a full recovery without complications. If not diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme’s Disease can lead to chronic illness such as neurological problems, severe joint pain, heart problems, severe fatigue, eye irritation, and liver damage. When an infection goes untreated for days or weeks, the rash or lesions can spread to any area of the body, and patients can experience a series of other symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of a progressed version of the disease may include:
- Shooting pains that can disrupt sleep
- Joint pain & swelling
- Neck stiffness
- Inflammation of the spinal cord
- Bell’s palsy (facial paralysis)
- Heart palpitations
- Heartbeat changes
- Facial muscle atrophy
If patients go months or years without treatment, the most prevalent disease that can occur is Arthritis, and over 60% of patients with untreated Lyme’s Disease will experience arthritic pain in their large joints. Around 5% of people develop neurological disorders months to years after infection. Functional Medicine therapies can reduce or prevent these disorders and help patients to live healthier lives.
Testing For Lyme’s Disease
There is a two-step testing process involved when checking the blood for antibodies against the bacteria. A procedure called and EIA is done to test enzyme levels related to the bacteria, and if this test is negative, not further testing is needed. If it is positive, then the second test needs to be performed, and it is called an immunoblot test. To test positive for Lyme’s Disease, both test results must be positive.
Treatment of Lyme disease
In the early stages, this disease is treated with antibiotics, and patients usually make a full recovery with no further complications. Patients that are not treated early usually have recurrent symptoms and are considered to have post treatment Lyme’s Disease syndrome. Patients with this syndrome have fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, and body pain. Receiving longer courses of antibiotics helps patients to recover more fully and quickly without further complications.
Lyme’s Disease that has gone untreated for an extended period of time can produce increased toxicity, which can lead to debilitation and a reduced quality of life. As a Functional Medicine specialist, Doctor Anju Mathur looks at the different symptom manifestations in each patient before designing an individualized treatment protocol. Taking a detailed analysis of each patient’s health, she approaches the treatment of chronic Lyme’s Disease symptoms through a system’s approach to healing, and she obtains all pertinent information that can help her to promote healing. Dr. Mathur’s Back to Wellness Program utilizes the best of Functional Medicine to help patients regain their vitality.
Therapies that are a part of San Fernando Valley Lyme’s Disease expert Dr. Mathur’s Back to Wellness Program can help patients suffering from the effects and toxins created by a long lasting case of Lyme’s Disease. Therapies such as IV Nutrient Therapy can allow the body to get the nutrition it needs to support a healthy immune system and overcome lingering symptoms of Lyme’s Disease. Phospholipid Exchange Therapy can detoxify the body at a cellular level, and it may cleanse the cells of systemic toxins to improve overall organ function. Chelation Therapy can also help to detoxify the body, which may improve immune system function and organ health. Ultra Violet Blood Irradiation may also help to cleanse the blood of harmful bacteria and viruses, which may help the effects of Lyme’s Disease. Dr. Mathur’s comprehensive treatment plans include the use and benefits of these therapies, and patients can utilize this program to overcome the health challenges that present with Lyme’s Disease.