Remedies For Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
Lyme Disease usually occurs when someone is infected with a
spirochete bacteria. The most well-known
mode of transmission is through a tick bite.
The mainstay treatment for Lyme disease is a course of anti-biotics. Although
most people feel “normal” and have no more symptoms after treatment, for some
the symptoms do not go away.
This article is for those who have already undergone under
treatment for Lyme disease and are still having symptoms. It is for those people in whom the spirochete
infection has been cleared, but they just don’t feel the same anymore. Prolonged symptoms of Lyme disease is often
called Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). They have lingering symptoms, both emotional
Persistent Lyme Disease Symptoms may include
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Myalgia (muscle aches)
Some Reasons Why Lyme May Still Be Affecting You:
The body reacts to spirochete infection, by producing inflammatory
chemicals called cytokines. Cytokines influence
inflammation. This can result in symptoms
such as, swelling, pain, or mental fog.
In people who have persistent Lyme disease the immune system may be
overproducing cytokines, which can lead to chronic symptoms
Post Tick-Bite Immune Activation Can Affect Neurological Function
BH4 Enhances the Production Of the Following Neurotransmitters:
- Reducing serotonin levels- serotonin helps to relax your
- Increasing oxidative stress- oxidation damages brain cells
(and all other tissues of the body)
- increasing glutamate levels- Glutamate is an amino acid that
contribute to anxiety by causing excitement of the brain. It can also reduce your ability to focus.
- Increasing inflammation
- Inhibiting Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4)- Inflammation from persistent Lyme disease inhibits Tetrahydrobiopterin
(BH4). BH4 enhances neurotransmitter synthesis.
- Serotonin- BH4 increases production of 5-HTP- an amino acid
which is ultimately converted into serotonin and melatonin.
- Melatonin- see above.
- L-Dopa- It converts tyrosine into L-Dopa, which is converted
into dopamine- (makes your feel good and elated).
- Epinephrine and norepinephrine- Dopamine is converted
into norepinephrine and epinephrine. They
help us deal with stress. Less of these
body chemicals = a decreased ability of the body to deal with stress.
How can we influence these neurotransmitters, which have
been affected by Lyme Disease?
Five Supplements That Can Help Attenuate the After
Effects of Lymes Disease
- 5-HTP- an amino acid supplement that comes in capsule
- Velvet Bean- contains L-Dopa, which the body converts
to dopamine and epinephrine and norepinephrine.
This can be purchased in capsule form.
- N-acetyl Cysteine- an amino acid inhibits inflammatory
cytokines. It also reduces glutamate
levels, thereby decreasing anxiety and improving focus.
- L-theanine- and amino acid that reduces the effects
of glutamate. Ir comes in a capsule form
Anti-inflammatory such as: Boswellia, Skullcap, Ginger, or Turmeric. They come in capsule form.
Lyme Disease Can Cause Sleep Disturbances
Lyme Disease can cause sleep disturbances though chronic
inflammation. Chronic inflammation increases
sympathetic activity (fight or flight response) of the body. It also affects sleep by depleting the relaxing neurotransmitters
as we already discussed above.
The Following Substances May Help with Sleep Disturbances:
- 5-HTP- your body uses this to make serotonin
- Phenibut- attaches to GABA receptors for a calming effect. GABA helps to calm your brain.
- Taurine- enhances GABA effects
- Vitamin B6- the body uses this to make GABA
- L-Theanine- inhibits glutamate
There are many supplements that can help with Post-treatment
Lyme Disease Syndrome. You may have
question like; Which ones do I need to
take? Do I need to take all of them or
can I take one or two? The answer is: I don’t know.
Everyone is different and responds to Lyme disease differently. That is why I do a simple Applied Kinesiology
muscle test to determine which of these supplements will be beneficial to you
and which ones may not be or be detrimental to your health.
If you do not have access to a Applied Kinesiologist who
does nutritional testing, then you will have to figure it out by trial and
Feel free to contact me at 212-286-2012