Symptoms are similar and can be very complex in both disorders; some of the issues may include, but are not limited to:
Dr. Bruce Patterson and his team have developed a novel protocol to treat long haulers – and this approach has been found to have excellent results in nearly 500 chronic Lyme sufferers who were treated with the same therapy.
Additional studies are planned going forward, but perhaps now we may find that in many cases of chronic Lyme that the pathophysiology actually extends well beyond what was once presumed to be solely a biotoxin infection. As we have learned in long COVID and discussed in our long COVID blog series, the ongoing mechanisms of this disorder are indeed multifactorial. Some of these include increased oxidative stress, immune dysregulation, autoantibodies, mitochondrial disease, high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, mast cell activation, reactivation of latent viruses, and more.
As scientists further study the current and ever-evolving health events, the acquired information could shed light on other conditions and help identify appropriate treatments for even more patients. Stay tuned as we all continue to learn together!
In health and healing,
Dr. Suzanne Gazda
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1 Kinderlehrer, D., MD. What Can Chronic Lyme Disease Teach Us About Long Covid? Psychology Today. (January 29, 2022) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/recovery-lyme/202201/what-can-chronic-lyme-disease-teach-us-about-long-covid