New Hampshire is the most infested and infected tick area in the United States for Lyme Disease and other tick borne infections. For being so easy to catch, it is very complicated, underserved, and too often misunderstood. There is a lot of political issues, social stigma, socioeconomic stress, and trauma associated with the disease.
We are very proactive with the disease treating with what is best for the patient. Best results in the clinic have been seen when natural medications and antibiotics are used in conjunction. We also treat all tick bites with antibiotics immediately, and for at least four weeks. This significantly decreases chance of long term infection, and with amount of infected ticks in the area we feel the most preventative approach is to respond to the bite at the get go. We here at Greenhouse Naturopathic Medicine would refer to ourselves at Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctors.
We are here to listen fully to a patients story, since most patients have seen multiple doctors before reaching our office. Many come with binders organizing all their lab work and chart notes. A family member usually will accompany a patient so they can keep notes and contribute information. Most patients feel they the only ones experiencing symptoms and it must be really strange for us to see, but that is not the case. It is very difficult to navigate through the Lyme disease world to get medical attention, community support, accurate information on the web, and most people have a hard time believing they really have Lyme disease at all because they have been told so many times it is not possible.
Our goal is to take a thorough history of all the symptoms. Lyme disease and associated infections are always tested, but in the end it should be based on symptoms and history even if lab work is not clear. Referrals are given when appropriate to rule out other conditions if suspected for patient safety.
Before your visit with us for tick borne disease
- If a new bite bring in tick or send out to a lab for testing (see side bar for link)
- Document any symptoms in a diary format with timeline
- Take pictures of any rash or skin abnormality that is possibly related
- Do not over-research Lyme disease on the internet. This can sometimes create more fear and frustration rather than empower a person.
Our goal is to treat the disease based on ILADS standards of care, which Dr. Greenspan is a member. We advocate for aggresive treatment of new tick bites to avoid chronic disease, longer treatment time for chronic tick borne disease infections, and an integrative medicine approach. We strive to work with other medical providers to help patient receive the most comprehensive care possible.
Common Symptoms of Tick Borne Disease
- Migrating joint pain
- Floaters in field of vision
- Creepy sensation on the skin
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Diarrhea/Constipation that is amplified – new onset IBS
- Unexplained rashes
- Intolerance to foods, smells, light, sound
- Foggy brain
- Hormone imbalances (menses, miscarriages)
- Inability to lose weight or weight loss that is unexplained
- Hair loss – women more than men
- Shortness of breath
- Sweats during the day or night
- Foot pain
- Sudden onset of sensitivities or allergies
- Loss of sensation throughout the body, tingling or burning
- Mood changes (OCD, anger, weeping, anxiety)
- Muscle pain and bone pain
- Reoccuring fevers
- Debilitating fatigue
What we do when we find a tick
- Remove it using a scoop to remove or tweezer
- We have kits by Mainely Tics for sale in our office
- Save it and send it out to local lab click here
- Treat it – you will recover from antibiotics very easily with support of high dose probiotics provided in office and will avoid longer term treatment in the future
Test that tick!
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