Stem Cells Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of many naturally occurring diseases that are transmitted by the bite of ticks that carry the Borrelia type of bacteria. Because of this method of infection and spread, victims of Lyme disease are most commonly those individuals who spend time outdoors, live in wooded mountain areas, or who do a lot of hiking and camping in undeveloped areas. This is why it is important to know about this disease and to always check for ticks after spending any length of time outside in areas that are prone to having ticks.
Lyme disease will be less likely and usually not as severe if the tick has been attached for less than 36 to 48 hours so the sooner the tick is discovered and removed the better. It is also important to note that not all ticks are infected so finding one does not mean you have Lyme disease, it just means to be watchful for the signs and symptoms. Because of its prevalence over much of the US, this is a disease that is being studied with regard to new stem cell therapies. Stem cell therapy for Lyme disease is a new field of study with regard to using naturally occurring stem cells to heal the body, but it is already showing great promise. Using stem cells for Lyme disease therapy is one of our areas of focus here at NSI Stem Cell Centers!
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of Lyme disease are usually slow and gradual in how they develop and tend to come in stages. The first sign is usually a typical bite mark if the tick has already fallen off or the discovery of the tick still attached. Once the tick is removed, the bite area may become red and tender and swollen. The telltale sign of Lyme disease at the early stage is a bulls-eye ring type of rash that will spread out from around the bite. Over time it can grow to be about 30 cm (12 inches) across. Not everyone develops this easy to spot symptom though, and other early problems that need to be watched for include things like flu-like aches and pain, fatigue, fever, headache, chills, and so forth. Some of the uncommon but still possible symptoms that may develop as the disease progresses over the course of a few weeks include irregular heartbeat, inflammation of the liver, red swollen eyes, and severe fatigue and muscle weakness.
If these early symptoms are not caught and the disease is not dealt with for a month or more, the next stage of Lyme disease kicks in with even worse multiple symptoms. Pain and swelling hit major joints such as the knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, or elbows. Rashes known as Erythema migraines can cover various areas of the body. In severely advanced stages, the most dangerous symptoms of unaddressed Lyme disease are neurological problems. Meningitis is possible as are other conditions that can damage the brain cells and tissue. Bell’s palsy can cause paralysis of the face and is common with advanced stages of this disease. Weak and numb limbs, stiff or locking muscles and joints, nausea, vomiting, rashes, headaches, memory loss, confusion, and inability to waken are all signs of seriously advanced stages of Lyme disease.
Outlook for Patients
Even though the vast majority of Lyme disease cases are addressed successfully with antibiotics when early therapy and intervention has been started, an estimated 20-30% of people will end up suffering from a condition known as Chronic Lyme disease or as it is also known Post-Care Lyme disease syndrome. There are a number of long-term disabilities that can affect patients who suffer from severe or advanced cases of the disease and they may be faced with these conditions for the rest of their lives. Most of the long-term effects and conditions are neurological or nervous system-related and cannot be cured at this time. This is where the primary focus for improving therapies for Lyme disease lies- we can help deal with it early on but after a certain point it becomes harder to address, and the symptoms become harder to reverse.
Stem cell therapy for Lyme disease is focused on helping to reverse some of the damage done and to lessen the severity of the effects so people can have a better quality of life. Using Lyme disease cell therapy involves stimulating the growth of healthy cells to replace those that have been damaged by the disease. To learn more about employing stem cells for Lyme disease therapy, keep on reading!
Stem Cells for Lyme Disease
The long-term effects of Lyme disease are hard to address and just as difficult to live with, which is why stem cell therapy for Lyme disease is such a promising possibility. Stem cells occur naturally in the body and are what helps the body heal from injury. If you cut yourself, it is stem cells that help the skin, tissues, blood vessels, and muscles heal and regrow so the injury heals. Stem cell therapy involves harvesting stem cells from certain areas of the body and creating a concentrated slurry of stem cells. This slurry is then injected into the body in areas that need healing. This regenerative process is used to help speed recovery following surgery or medical therapies or to speed healing from a sports injury or other illnesses or injuries that the body has sustained.
Stem cells Lyme disease therapy is focused on new applications for these powerhouse cells that can help all the Lyme disease patients who suffered advanced cases and are now left with life-altering effects. Stem cells being used in testing for Lyme disease cell therapy are taken from the patient’s own body so there is little to no risk of negative side effects of the therapy.
Outlook and Future After Therapies
Right now we are seeing promising results from using stem cells for Lyme disease therapy. Here at NSI Stem Cell Centers, we are currently using Lyme disease cell procedures to deal with the illness in our patients, many with advanced cases and symptoms. Though there is still research to be done and more we must learn about this application of stem cells, the results we have seen and the stories we are hearing from our patients are very promising! Most report feeling and seeing results within a few days of the first therapy, but usually, multiple therapy sessions are needed and a full 2-4 months of stem cell therapy and healing are necessary to see full potential achieved.*
Stem cell therapy options for Lyme disease present a wonderful new way to help improve people’s lives and restore their quality of life after it has been taken away from them by illness. Where will the new advances and discoveries for using stem cells to deal with Lyme disease take us? Time will tell, but here at the NSI Stem Cell Center, we are committed to helping each and every one of our patients get the help they are so desperately seeking.
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* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each therapy option must be tailored around your specific needs.