Chronic Lyme Disease
This week, on Dr. Andrew Pugliese’s monthly special edition of Top Docs Radio we talked about chronic lyme disease. Also known as post-treatment lyme disease syndrome, this chronic, debilitating condition is frequently overlooked outside of the Northeast, where it’s known to be prevalent.
As we learned from David Baird, a patient experiencing chronic lyme disease, and Karen Huppert, the mother of a college-age student who dealt with the illness, its severe symptoms, and treatment for several years as well. They both shared their poignant stories and described how they moved from specialist to specialist trying to find a diagnosis. And they shared how they were told that, “Lyme disease doesn’t exist in Georgia,” leading to a significant delay in the diagnosis that allowed them to seek appropriate care.
David brought his wife, a local veterinarian, also talked about how comparatively easy it is to diagnose a canine, for whom there are straight-forward tests that identifies the infection, and treatment is also effective and readily available. She talked about how frequently she treats pets for Lyme disease here in her local Atlanta office.
We strongly encourage patients to seek second opinions and to seek to learn all they can about their symptoms and diseases to facilitate timely treatment, which can affect outcomes.
I was also pleased to host Dr. Leanna Kart, DC, a chiropractor whose practice is located on Howell Mill Road in west Atlanta. May is National Posture Awareness Month. We talked about how technology has affected neck/back health through creating a tendency to sit with the head in a chin-down orientation for long periods of time. This causes an increased strain on the connective tissues and muscles in the neck, which can lead to headaches, neck and back pain, and neurologic symptoms.
Andrew Pugliese, MD, Infectious Disease Consultants
- Doctorate in Medicine, St. George University School of Medicine
- Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Winthrop University Hospital
- Triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
- Pioneer in non-surgical treatment of acute and chronic sinusitis
- President of Sinus Solutions
David Baird, Chronic Lyme Disease Patient
Karen Huppert, Parent of a young Chronic Lyme Disease patient
- Doctor of Chiropractic, Life University
- Owner of NW Chiropractic for over 26 years
- Board Member, Georgia Chiropractic Association