Dr. Raxlen's Treatment Guidelines.
- Differential diagnosis and treatment of co-infection which may accompany or mimic Lyme Disease (such as: CFIDS, Babesia, Borrelia, or mycoplasma).
- Immunological support using nutritional supplementation and intravenous therapy and immune response modifiers (i.e. thymus, transfer factor, pregnenolone, melatonin, adrenal support, therapeutic vitamin C, and antioxidants.
- Careful monitoring of gastrointestinal ecology accompanying long term antibiotic therapy, (i.e. lactobacillus, acidophilus, and antifungal agents such as Diflucan and Nystatin). This helps to avoid chronic yeast overgrowth and symptoms such as diarrhea, vaginitis, and digestive disturbances.
- Psychological Support including individual, marital, and family counseling for symptoms of anxiety, depression, confusion, irritability, fatigue, and long-term disability.
- Specialized psychotropic medications for depression and/or anxiety when necessary; specialized medications for pain control.
- Home health-care support for intravenous treatment programs, including 24-hour on-call nursing services, home dressing change, and phlebotomy.
- Monitoring of the accompanying "sleep disorder" that may occur with the illness (including sleep laboratory studies when necessary).
- Referral to Lyme Disease support groups for peer related assistance.
- Special testing for neurocognitive dysfunction: MRI, SPECT scan, PET scan, EEG, and neuropsychological testing (Halstead-Reitan test).
- Physical therapy, osteopathic therapy, and acupuncture referral for fibromyalgia and arthritis.
- Complementary therapies such as the growing usefulness of Hyperbaric Oxygen