In this video from 2009, Dr. Cameron and Dr. Phillips, both past Presidents of ILADS (International Association of Lyme and Associated Diseases), answer 7 commonly asked questions about the treatment of Lyme disease:
1. What is the correct duration of treatment to be given after you see a rash – 2, 4, 6 weeks?
2. How do you know when your chronic Lyme is cured or put into remission, and the remaining symptoms – aches, pain, brain fog, etc. – are permanent damage? Are the remaining symptoms permanent?
3. What supportive therapies – herbs, vitamins, acupuncture, sauna, Rife machine – do you advocate with concurrent antibiotic treatment for Lyme?
4. In neurological chronic Lyme, symptoms like memory loss, difficulty with words, etc., can this be reversed with medication?
5. Since Fibromyalgia has most of the same symptoms, how would you get a correct diagnosis?
6. Can you explain why patients become more symptomatic when treated? Are toxins released as the spirochetes are killed?
7. What’s the downside of long-term antibiotic use?
The Q & A session was held at a Lyme disease seminar on October 6, 2009 at the Candlewood Inn, Brookfield, CT. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club and the Lyme Disease Task Forces of Brookfield, Newtown and Ridgefield, CT.