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Massacheucettes, Massechucetes or Massachewsettes?
Dr. Christopher Camilleri (DO, MS) Northampton, MA 413-584-7787
Dr. Barry Elson (MD) Northampton, MA 413-584-7787
Dr. Art Gertler (MD- Internal & Gastroenterology, Holistic) Natick, MA 781-752-6378
Michelle Goulet (MSN, FMP) Northampton, MA 413-584-7787
Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch (Family Practice, Environmental) Watertown, MA 617-744-0401
Dr. N. Thomas LaCava (MD) West Boylston, MA 508-854-1380
Dr. Darren Lynch (MD- Family, Integrative Medicine) Northampton, MA 413-584-7787
Dr. Emily Maiella (ND) Montague, MA 413-367-9350
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld (MD, MAc) Waltham, MA 781-736-1901
Dr. Luz Ruiz (MD, Neurologist) Harvard, MA 978-772-3880
Dr. Carol Savage (MD, Family Practice) Harvard, MA 978-772-7225
Shannon Widderick (MS, PA-C, Family) Northampton, MA 413-584-7787
Boston Children's Hospital... Don't Expect To Be Treated...
Quote- "Many children with Lyme disease go on to experience what's called “post-infectious syndrome.” This is a condition that occurs after many bacterial and viral infections, including mononucleosis and hepatitis A.
Since post-infectious disease syndrome is not itself caused by an infectious agent (it follows an infection caused by an infectious agent), doctors generally don't prescribe antibiotics. Most often, different treatment modalities are used, which may include:
- keeping to a set sleep schedule
- physical therapy
- anti-inflammatory drugs to help with aches and pains
Each child is different, but it's not uncommon for symptoms of post-infectious syndrome to linger for months, or even years, and they can be made worse by stress or other illness. But most children do make a full recovery." Source
** H. Cody Meissner- Tufts Medical Center- Pediatric Infectious Disease
** QUOTE- “The evidence is fairly clear at this stage that there are no benefits from a prolonged course of antibiotics beyond what is generally recommended by IDSA guidelines,” Meissner said in an interview. “Whatever the explanation, PTLDS is not responsive to additional antibiotics, which, unfortunately, has led to some very unorthodox therapies that physicians are trying to discourage.”
“The media coverage of chronic Lyme disease is almost sensationalism, and has resulted in many people expanding upon what we recognize as Lyme disease to include symptoms that are likely not a result of the disease or even the infectious process,” H. Cody Meissner, MD, chief of the division of pediatric infectious disease at Tufts Medical Center, said in an interview.
“In cases of PTLDS, oftentimes there is nothing abnormal on the physical exam nor laboratory values that can be used to guide us in the diagnosis; therefore, we don’t know if this subjective syndrome is any more common after Lyme disease than other infectious disease or if it occurs among people who don’t have Lyme disease,” Meissner noted. “While we recognize that these symptoms can be functionally disabling, how often do these symptoms occur in someone who does not have Lyme disease?” Source Here
**Dr. Robert Kalish- Lyme Disease Clinic Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA**
**QUOTE- July 2016- "A group of doctors from Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Infectious Diseases wrote to legislative leaders, "Well-designed studies have shown that administration of additional or prolonged courses of antibiotics confers no benefit to patients who have had a standard course of accepted treatment for Lyme disease." Link Here. **
**Quote- July 2016- Christina Hermos, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, wrote to lawmakers, "Not only is the use of long-term antibiotics contrary to the best evidence about Lyme, but it also puts our patients and community at risk for the very real risks of unnecessary antibiotic use." Hermos said only a small number of doctors prescribe long-term antibiotics to treat Lyme disease, and it can cause harmful complications, such as infections, allergic reactions or drug-resistance to other diseases. Link Here **
**Quote- July 2016- "Far from improving the patient's quality of life, prolonged antibiotic therapy may actually increase the patient's suffering," society president Daniel McQuillen wrote to legislators. McQuillen called the treatment "unproven and potentially unsafe." Link Here **
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