Will Untreated Lyme Disease Go Away?
Most people never consider the possibility that they’ve contracted Lyme disease, but the reality is that it can be very serious. Untreated Lyme disease can lead to significant long-term complications, including inflammatory diseases. If you or someone you know is suffering symptoms after a tick bite, it’s possible that they have Lyme disease, and you should seek medical care as soon as you can.
Lyme Disease—Misunderstood and Underdiagnosed
Most people and doctors aren’t familiar with Lyme disease and aren’t likely to attribute their symptoms to it, but it affects roughly 30,000 Americans every year. When treated with antibiotics, approximately 90% of cases are cured, and even without treatment, the majority of patients will soon recover.
On the other hand, some untreated cases will not resolve themselves so quickly, and people who do not follow the antibiotic regimen may experience fatigue, joint pain, and/or other symptoms. This is known as stage 1 of Lyme disease, but again, if left untreated, it can progress to further, more serious stages.
Stages 2 and 3 of Lyme Disease
Later stages of Lyme disease can present more severe symptoms. Stage 2 can cause intense sickness in roughly 15% of those affected, typically between two and ten weeks after infection. These complications can include intense pain, migraine headaches, and even paralysis. Closer to 5% of patients experience heart block. Like earlier stages, stage 2 can typically be treated with antibiotics, but can also worsen if untreated.
Stage 3 is the most serious stage of Lyme disease and also the least responsive to treatment. Some common stage 3 symptoms include arthritis and long-term inflammation. The biggest difficulty in addressing Lyme disease is achieving an accurate diagnosis, as many of its symptoms mimic those of other conditions.
Effective Lyme Disease Treatment with Jack Miller
Given how difficult it can be to diagnose and treat Lyme disease, it’s important to get the best care possible. Jack Miller, CTN, has extensive experience with the condition and was inspired to become a practitioner following his own battle with Lyme disease.
Jack Miller brings an unmatched understanding of the disease and its symptoms along with a commitment to holistic treatment. If you or someone you know may be affected with Lyme disease, reach out today—the most important factor in successful treatments is early detection.