If you were denied benefits because your doctor followed the IDSA/AAN guidelines be sure to point out to your insurer that you have a choice when determining how you will or will not be treated. (Patient autonomy.)

The guidelines below are the ones you and your doctor chose to follow and the insurer is not permitted to chose what treatments you receive.

LB- It is reported Lyme disease can be cured in some individuals if caught in the early stages and treated effectively with a standard course of antibiotics. Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines outlining established protocols and recommendations for individuals suffering, as I do, from multiple chronic tick borne infections are noted below.

My individualized treatment protocols were prepared by experienced Lyme-literate physicians practicing in highly endemic areas. Treatment regimens were based on clinical presentation and laboratory confirmation of multiple acute and chronic infectious diseases caused by a combination of protozoa, bacteria and viruses. Lyme disease, Bartonella henselae, Babesiosis microti, Babesiosis duncani, Mycoplasma, Ehrlichiosis (HGE), and Epstein Barr were some of the known infectious agents I was diagnosed with, which all required various medications and adjunct therapies.

Untreated or improperly treated, any one of the infectious organisms are known to cause chronic illness, disability and even death in individuals.

Guidelines for Management of Tick Borne Illnesses. MANAGING LYME DISEASE, Burrascano, J. 16th edition, September, 2008. (pg. 20 of 33). http://www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf

Evidence-based guidelines for the management of Lyme disease- The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Cameron, D, et al. and The ILADS Working Group, ILADS, P.O. Box 341461 Bethesda, MD 20827-1461. USA Future Drugs Ltd. 2004 ISSN 1478-7210 http://www.ilads.org/files/ILADS_Guidelines.pdf

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Last Updated- April 2019

Lucy Barnes