Posted on May 11, 2017 in Blog |
If you have Lyme disease, you need to be treated by a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, also known as an LLMD. You can’t just Google them.
A good place to start looking is through the ILADS.org website. They can direct you to physicians in your area who have taken courses through their organization. Or even better, look for physicians who have taught the courses. They are the ones who see the most patients, have the most experience with effective treatment, and hold the most wisdom for healing their patients.
There are not many LLMDs in the world. You may have to travel a great distance to see a qualified LLMD. Do not cut corners on this aspect of your healing. All LLMDs are NOT created equal.
Most LLMDs now require an “application” process. They are literally so overloaded with patient caseloads, that they can pick and choose which patients they will see. While this process may seem absurd from the patient’s point of view, I can tell you now (from the other side), that the physician wants to make this a win/win experience. They want to match up well with each patient to make this a healing experience. If you don’t click with your physician, if you don’t feel you can work as a team, the treatment will not work. So find someone you trust, someone you can align your beliefs with.
A few questions you may want to ask your possible physician are:
Do you test for co-infections? If so, which labs do you use?
How long does your average treatment protocol last? (none of them like this question)
What is your philosophy concerning antibiotic treatment?
Do you prefer PICC lines or oral antibiotics? Why?
Do you treat other conditions such as thyroid and adrenal issues? Or do you focus on only Borrelia and co-infections?
How often do you see patients? Some physicians set monthly appointments, others every six weeks.
How do I contact the office when I have a problem that cannot wait until the next appointment or if I have an emergency? What is the best way to communicate with office staff and with you between appointments (if needed)?
Have you ever tried complementary therapies for your own well-being (i.e., acupuncture, energy healing, supplements, cranial-sacral therapy, massage)?
The most important elements of the relationship with your LLMD need to be honesty and trust. You must be 100 percent honest with your LLMD and you must trust them enough to go with the treatment protocol or it simply will not work.
There were definitely times during my treatment when I didn’t want to do something.
How your LLMD responds to situations like this is key. At one point, I didn’t want to start a tough phase of treatment because it was a busy time of year for me and I knew the fatigue it would cause. I was in angst. When I went in for the appointment and Dr. Mozayeni recognized the anxiety, he immediately said, “We won’t have you start it until you are ready. If we start it any earlier than that, then it won’t work. So let’s figure out when you think you will be ready and plan accordingly.”
That, to me, is a good physician, LLMD or not.