Unfortunately, unless you are working with a Lyme literate doctor (LLD), most doctors don’t know how to adequately diagnose or treat common co-infections from a tick bite. In most cases, people have co-infections that need to be treated first in order to successfully treat Lyme. Also, doing a parasite cleanse is vital in the treatment of Lyme and should be a consideration before treating Lyme, as well as addressing dentistry with a biological dentist if you have mercury fillings or root canals.

The following is a list of the most common co-infections and symptoms. The trickiest thing about lyme and co-infections is no two people will have the exact same symptoms, and because these infections move around the body, symptoms often change and present in new areas. I was surprised to find out that many people have no swelling in their joints and lyme is often one sided, but with co infections, symptoms may be on both sides! Lyme is truly such a complex disease to navigate because of the varied co-infections, symptoms and that no single protocol works for everyone. Lyme treatment should be a highly customized, integrated approach, working with an experienced practitioner familiar with lyme toxicity, parasites, co-infections, healing protocols and the role of biological dentistry (if needed) while working with a patient

Description, symptoms, and treatments of co-infections:

Babesiosis:– is a malaria-like protozoa illness that invades, infects, and kills the red blood cells.  Symptoms include fatigue, night sweats, chills, fever, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, headache, dark urine, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, and jaundice.
Ehrlichiosis:– is a bacterial infection that invades and infects the white blood cells.  There are two types of Ehrlichiosis:  Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (HME) and Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (HGE).  Symptoms include malaise, fever,
sweating, nausea, dry cough, headache, muscle aches and
pain.
Bartonella:– also known as cat-scratch fever is a bacterial infection.  Symptoms include swollen, painful lymph nodes, muscle and/or joint pain, nausea, vomiting, chills, anxiety, insomnia, red rashes.
Mycoplasma:– is a bacterial infection.  Symptoms include fatigue, breathing problems,
headache, muscle pain and soreness, nausea, lymph node pain, and cognitive problems.  Treatment

For more information on the co-infections, see “Everything You Need To know about Lyme Disease (2nd edition)” by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and Dr. Joseph Burrascano’s Lyme Treatment Guidelines at:
www.ilads.org/files/burrascano_0905.pdf