Lyme Disease

The Practice of Health and Wellness

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine Specialist located in Thomaston, CT

Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and treat. Pamela Cipriano, DNP, APRN, of The Practice of Health and Wellness in Thomaston, Connecticut, is well aware of this disease’s complications caused by a simple tick bite and how to correctly identify a long-term infection and to manage the debilitating symptoms. If you think that you have Lyme disease or have symptoms like fatigue, joint problems, and weakness that can’t be diagnosed, contact The Practice of Health and Wellness for an appointment. Call or use the online tool to schedule.

Lyme Disease Q&A

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an illness that you catch from the bites of infected deer ticks. You’re at a greater risk of Lyme disease if you spend time in areas where deer ticks flourish, like heavily wooded areas or grassy plains and parks. When not treated early, Lyme disease can lead to debilitating symptoms and spread to major organs and body systems.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Lyme disease and any co-infections are extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. The symptoms can imitate those of other diseases. Many people never notice a tick or its bite. And the telltale “bulls-eye” rash associated with Lyme disease only shows up in 20% of affected people.

Symptoms associated with chronic Lyme disease include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Tingling, numbness, and/or weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis and joint problems
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Bell’s palsy (temporary muscle paralysis on one side of the face)

Lyme disease can also cause chills, fever, body aches, neck stiffness, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes soon after infection.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

Lyme disease often escapes diagnosis due to the nonspecific symptoms and because testing often comes back as a false negative. The current two-step testing practices bring inaccurate results in more than 50% of cases. This is due to a lack of actual testing for the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Many health care providers have inadequate training and mistakenly tell their patients that they don’t have Lyme disease and that their symptoms are “all in their head.”

Pamela Cipriano, DNP, APRN, has completed intensive training with Lyme disease experts and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS).

Members of her family were affected by chronic Lyme disease, which spurred her to become educated in Lyme disease and associated tick-borne diseases, including those caused by the bacteria Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, and Tularemia.

To diagnose Lyme disease, you undergo a thorough review of your symptoms, physical exam, and blood tests. Because Pamela has extensive training, she is skilled at looking for Lyme disease signs that other practitioners would miss.

How is Lyme disease treated?

Lyme disease treatment is customized to your personal case — specifically its stage and severity. You could benefit from treatments that include antibiotics, supplements, and amino acids. When Lyme disease affects a particular bodily system, treatment focuses on that area.

Treating Lyme disease is complicated and requires an expert like Pamela Cipriano, DNP, APRN. Call The Practice of Health and Wellness for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment or book your appointment online.