Lyme disease can leave those affected by it with lifelong, debilitating symptoms that often impact their daily quality of life. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted to humans through a tick bite. Although there are several tell-tale signs and symptoms associated with Lyme disease, a large percentage of those affected are unaware they have been bitten and are not properly diagnosed until more dramatic and life-altering symptoms begin to surface. Common symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
- Bullseye shaped rash, circular red rash around the bite
- Fever, chills
- Neck stiffness, pain
- Fatigue, malaise
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Facial drooping or paralysis, known as Bell’s Palsy
Misdiagnosis is a common problem because many of these symptoms overlap with a wide range of other illnesses such as the flu and viral infections. Patients who experience growing fatigue or even depression are often mistakenly diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other neurological disorders. In addition, when tested for Lyme disease many patients receive a false negative result and are left with only palliative treatment options to address undiagnosed symptoms.
Stem Cells and Lyme Disease
Lyme disease can have both physiological and psychological effects on patients who struggle with the frustration of physical symptoms, inadequate treatment, and often feeling marginalized by healthcare practitioners. In many cases, advanced Lyme disease is difficult to treat and patients rely on pharmaceuticals to manage symptoms.
Dr. Todd Malan has been a leading physician in the use of stem cell therapies for a wide range of illnesses and conditions with chronic symptoms related to the body’s inflammatory response and immune system. The Center For Regenerative Cell Medicine uses a specific Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) deployment protocol that attempts to utilize the immune-regulatory, regenerative, and anti-inflammatory properties of SVF (rich in mesenchymal, adipose-derived stem cells and growth factors). Special measures are taken to optimize transport of the SVF across the blood-brain barrier to address neurological symptoms often associated with Lyme disease. This is all done as an outpatient surgical procedure which takes approximately three hours.