Lyme Disease & Tick Borne Illness

New England is the most infested and infected area for ticks in the United States, resulting in the highest number of Lyme Disease cases in the country. For being so easy to catch, Lyme Disease is very complicated, underserved, and too often misunderstood.

There are a lot of political issues, social stigma, socioeconomic stress, and trauma associated with the disease.

How is our approach different for treating Lyme disease?

All trained medical professionals know that Lyme disease and other Tick-borne infections are on the rise. Most practitioners will treat for a very brief amount of time with current standards in place. At Greenhouse Natural Medicine we are in it with you for the “long haul,” because complex chronic diseases do not come with a quick fix.

We are very proactive in using treatments best suited for the patient and treat until the symptoms are improved. Ideally this would only take 2-3 weeks to achieve, but most cases it can take much longer.

We are here to listen fully to a patient’s story since most patients have seen multiple doctors before reaching our office. It’s very difficult to navigate through the medical system with limited attention, community support, accurate information on the web. Many people have a hard time believing they really have Lyme disease at all because they have been told so many times it’s not possible.

Our goal is to take a complete history of all your symptoms. Lyme disease and associated infections are always tested, but in the end, the diagnosis should be based on symptoms and history even if lab work is not clear.

If you have a new tick bite:

  • Send out to a lab for testing.
  • Call the office to make a new tick bite appointment with one of our doctors.
  • Document any symptoms in a diary format with timeline.
  • Take pictures of any rash or skin abnormality that is related.

Testing Labs

Common Symptoms of Tick-borne Diseases

  • Migrating joint pain
  • Floaters in field of vision
  • Headaches
  • Creepy sensation on the skin
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea/Constipation that is amplified – new onset IBS
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Intolerance to foods, smells, light, sound
  • Foggy brain
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Inability to lose weight or weight loss that is unexplained
  • New Onset of Hair loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweats during the day or night
  • Foot pain
  • Sudden onset of sensitivities or allergies
  • Loss of sensation throughout the body, tingling or burning
  • Mood changes (OCD, anger, weeping, anxiety)
  • Muscle pain and bone pain
  • Reoccurring fevers
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Insomnia

How do we treat new tick bites?

The best results in our clinic have been seen with an integrative approach. We also treat all tick bites with antibiotics immediately, and for at least four weeks. This significantly decreases the chance of long-term infection, and with the number of infected ticks in the area we feel the most preventative approach is to respond to the bite at the get-go.

At Greenhouse Natural Medicine we refer to ourselves at Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctors.

Our Hours

Monday 8AM - 4PM
Tuesday 8AM - 4PM
Wednesday 8AM - 4PM
Thursday 8AM - 4PM
Friday by appointment only
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed