Dr. Vladimir Alexeyenko at Restorative Medicine: IV Therapy in NYC provides IV infusions for patients that have chronic conditions, including Lyme Disease. In this interview, Dr. Alexeyenko discusses how IV therapy is helpful for patients with chronic Lyme Disease.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is an infection that is brought on after receiving a bite from a tick that introduces Borrelia bacterium into the system. It starts small, with a developing rash or area of redness near the bite site a week or so after the bite. The bacterium, within the first few weeks, can spread throughout the bloodstream and the lymphatic system and do severe damage, especially if left untreated.
People might not be aware of having Lyme Disease until the symptoms set in. And to make matters more complicated in some cases, the symptoms are mild at first. Lyme progresses in three stages, all with varying degrees of discomfort. What makes Lyme Disease treatment complicated is that it tends to present itself differently in different patients. Many people with Lyme within the first two weeks of exposure experience fever, chills, headache, and body aches. This is followed by symptoms similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis, with extreme fatigue, joint pain, and muscle pain being common complaints. There is still debate in the medical community about diagnosing patients with chronic Lyme Disease. This is because some practitioners question whether it is a valid condition once the bacteria are eliminated. Still, many doctors and researchers say that Lyme Disease can trigger chronic conditions, especially if left untreated, or not treated correctly. Symptoms of a chronic version of this infection include the joints, nervous system, brain function, and eye and heart health.
Whether the disease is caught and treated early, or the patient suffers from long-term effects, IV therapy can be an effective way to manage and recover from Lyme more quickly. The chronic symptoms can impact a patient’s quality of life for years, or maybe a lifetime, if not addressed. There are two phases to an IV treatment for Lyme. The first is the antibiotic drip that kills the bacterial infection. The second phase is administering nutrient and mineral solutions known to reduce or eliminate chronic symptoms. This course of IV treatment can alleviate joint pain and stiffness and increase muscle strength. Patients also find relief from extreme fatigue and slower neurological function.
How can IV Therapy Treat Lyme Disease?
At Restorative Medicine, director Dr. Alexeyenko has treated patients with residual effects of Lyme Disease for many years. In his experience, once the lengthy and aggressive antibiotic protocol has taken place, the body and immune system is significantly weaker. This calls for a rebuilding of the immune system with vitamins and nutrients, and more specifically a solution rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C, especially in a megadose, has the ability to bind with Lyme endotoxins and flush them out of the system. The other benefit of an IV treatment of this nature, is that it doesn’t have any side effects or do damage in high doses.
IV therapy is a brilliant option for anyone who has gone through treatment and would like to recover more quickly and minimize the damage done by a Lyme Disease infection. And, it is a necessary treatment for any patient that went untreated or had delayed diagnosis or treatment.
At Restorative Medicine, treatment with IV therapy for something like Lyme Disease highlights the need for supervision by a medical doctor who is also an IV specialist. The blood work required is complicated, and you must work with someone that can accurately read the results. According to Dr. Alexeyenko, practitioners must look for symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, but bloodwork that doesn’t show RA. There is an aspect of blood work, he says, known as an anti-nuclear antibody. This test shows negative when the Borrelia due to Lyme is present.
The CDC guidelines for treating Lyme are outdated. In some cases, primary care physicians may prescribe prednisone, which relieves some symptoms but suppresses the immune system, which works against recovery. A better protocol is a course of ceftriaxone plus doxycycline. The first is an antibiotic that kills bacteria, and the second, doxycycline is a weird agent known to kill the rare and hard to target bacteria. These two elements make for effective treatment. In some cases, the doctor may add Flagyl, another antibiotic that can eliminate bacteria in the intestinal tract, liver, and colon.
Restoring Immunity with IV Vitamin Treatments
Once the bacteria are eliminated, it’s vital to follow up with treatments that will boost the immune system. Many of the powerful antibiotics prescribed also strip the body of good bacteria which weakens the system. An IV treatment can restore nutrients, strengthen muscles, and improve a patient’s energy levels. It’s very important to restore what gets stripped away through aggressive antibiotic therapy.
The primary goal of an IV treatment post recovery from Lyme Disease is to make sure that the patient doesn’t suffer from conditions that can ruin their quality of life. Extreme fatigue is frustrating, depressing, and puts people at risk of losing their job if they can’t keep up. Restoring energy levels, reviving healthy brain function, strengthening muscles, these are just a few of the improvements an IV for Lyme Disease can support at Restorative Medicine.
Learn more About IV Treatments for Lyme Disease
Learn more about the IV treatment that Dr. Alexeyenko provides for chronic conditions, including Lyme Disease, by calling the office or visiting the practice website (https://vladimiralexeyenkomd.com/). Patients who want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexenyenko about IV therapy for Lyme Disease should call (917) 994-9390 today.