B-12 injections once every 2 wks
to add: Multivitamin
Check out Dr. Burrascano's (1998) recommendations:
Studies on patients with chronic Lyme Disease and in those with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have demonstrated that some of the late symptoms are related to cellular damage and deficiencies in certain essential nutrients. Double blinded, placebo controlled studies, and in one case direct assay of biopsy specimens have proven the value of the supplements listed.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS:
Studies show that when EFAs are taken regularly, statistically significant improvements in fatigue, aches, weakness, vertigo, dizziness, memory, concentration and depression are likely. There are two broad classes: GLA and EPA, derived respectively from plant and fish oils. The plant sources are many, so choose one from the list below.
Plant Oils: evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, borage oil (probably the best choice)
Fish oil: "MAX EPA" (or any similar preparation containing 1,000 mg of EPA)
RECOMMENDATION: four plant oil capsules and two to four EPA capsules daily, taken with the largest meal of the day. Benefit begins within several days, but further improvement continues to occur over time. Continue for three to four months.
CO-Q 10 (ubiquinone):
This is a vitamin B- like compound essential to every living cell. Deficiencies have been related to poor function of the heart, limitations of stamina, and poor resistance to infections. Tissue biopsy studies have resulted in the recommendation that a patient with chronic Lyme should take between 200 and 300 mg daily, in two or three equal doses. Improvements in stamina and general well being do not begin for several weeks. The body will manufacture its own Co-Q 10 when the original infection is controlled, but only if stimulated by aggressive exercise. Therefore, use this supplement until the patient is feeling well and is exercising regularly, usually three to four months.
Studies in the 1950s demonstrated the need for supplemental vitamin B in infections with other Borrelia. This enhances clearing of neurological symptoms. I recommend one 50 mg B-complex capsule daily long term.
Magnesium supplementation very helpful for the tremors, twitches, cramps, muscle soreness, arrhythmias and weakness. It may also help in energy level and cognition. Unexplained hyperreflexia is an indicator of Mg deficiency. The best source is magnesium chloride ("Slo-Mag", one or two qid) or magnesium oxide (Mag-Ox, 400 mg one or two daily). DO NOT rely on "cal-mag", calcium plus magnesium combination tablets, as they are not well absorbed. In many cases, I.M. or I.V. magnesium is necessary. Continue long term.
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