Asheville, NC (PRWEB) April 28, 2008
Ginger Savely, RN, FNP, discusses Lyme Disease symptoms and the challenge of diagnosing Lyme on the audio 'Interviews with Experts' series. Savely treats patients with Lyme and other tick borne diseases at her clinic in San Francisco, CA. She also talks about the reasons she follows the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, or ILADS, guidelines for Lyme disease treatment, instead of those of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the IDSA. The audio interview series provides Lyme specialists such as Savely a platform for talking to people about Lyme disease symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Lyme disease symptoms are tricky to diagnose in part because not everyone reacts the same to infection, which may lie dormant for an unknown amount of time. Lyme symptoms, taken individually, may plague many people at some time in their life, according to Savely. However, the severity and quantity of the symptoms may contribute to the suspicion of an underlying Lyme infection. http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com/lyme-disease-symptoms.html
"Everybody has had fatigue, everybody's had headaches, everyone's probably had some pains here and there in their life," she says. "But when these symptoms become overwhelming and the person becomes incapacitated, then that's something you need to really look into."
Savely talks about the distinctions between the two major standards of care for Lyme disease symptoms, and discusses why she follows the ILADS' Lyme disease treatment guidelines.
"I treat according to what works, and not according to the IDSA cookbook approach. That doesn't work. There are people who relapse very quickly, and are in worse shape than they ever were before they ever started treatment," she says, although acknowledging that in some cases it might be sufficient. "You have a tick bite, you catch it right away, I'd say sure, I give a month of doxycycline. Although I must say that even those come back with a chronic presentation later. Even that isn't a guarantee, even if you get treated right away."
The 'Interviews with Experts' series, available online at the Lyme Disease Research Database, offer health experts a way to reach people affected by Lyme disease. In other interviews, Raphael Stricker, MD, talks about Lyme disease treatment, and medical researcher Alan MacDonald, MD, discusses scientific studies investigating a link between Lyme and Alzheimer's disease.
For additional information on the Lyme Disease Research Database, visit http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com/lyme_disease_research_press.html . Access to the cutting edge news from experts on Lyme disease is available immediately.
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