"Dr. Donta reported that in Lyme disease, the nervous system seems to be the primary target for the bacteria causing the disease. Patients with Lyme disease express many neurologic symptoms such as pain, paresthesias including numbness, tingling, crawling and itching sensations, as well as cognitive difficulties and mood changes. Even the joint pains and occasional arthritis appear to be neuropathic in origin, as anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) have little if any effect on the pain. Experimental evidence from animal models also affirm the localization of B. burgdorferi DNA to the nervous system. Dr. Donta postulates that the disease mechanisms could involve inflammatory responses, autoimmune responses or toxin-associated disruption of neural function. Any inflammatory responses appear to be weak, and there is no compelling evidence that Lyme disease is a result of immunopathologic mechanisms."
Hi, when absolutely nothing else worked to ease my neck/shoulder/head/back pain - I took 'diazepam' [valium] - I don't know if it is known by either of these names in U.S. - I am in U.K. - this is a drug used for 'anxiety and/or muscle spasms' - so it did 'fit the bill' for me - as we all know anxiety is a big factor with lyme but also when we are in a lot of pain - regardless of the cause - anxiety is a part of it .
I found a small 'dose' of 'diazepam' before bed - helped to ease these horrible symptoms. - I only took it when absolutely neccessary.