Lyme Disease Specialist

Shawn Roofian, MD -  - Ketamine Therapy Clinic

Ketamine Medical Institute

Shawn Roofian, MD

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Beverly Hills, CA & Tarzana, CA

Each year, around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease, a potentially serious illness that causes both physical and psychiatric problems. Dr. Shawn Roofian, of the Ketamine Medical Institute, with three locations in the Los Angeles area, expertly treats Lyme disease with ketamine infusion therapy. This cutting-edge treatment method relieves pain and psychological symptoms so you can live a better quality of life. If you’ve tried other treatment options without success, ketamine infusion therapy may be the solution that gives you long-term relief. Call either the Beverly Hills, Tarzana, or Chula Vista, California, offices, or schedule a consultation online.

Lyme Disease Q & A

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted through bites from infected deer ticks. On the West Coast, black-legged ticks also transmit Lyme disease. Anyone can get Lyme disease, but it is especially prevalent in younger children and older adults.

Everyone who spends time outdoors near woods or grassy parks is at risk of exposure to a bite from an infected tick. Often, the tick bite is painless and unnoticeable because the insect is so small. It can stay attached to your skin for several days, and the longer it stays, the higher your risk of getting the infection directly into your bloodstream.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Early signs and symptoms often include fever, chills, and headache similar to the symptoms you feel when you have the flu. About 70-80% of infected people also notice a rash around the area on their skin where the bite occurred. In the first 3-30 days after you’ve been bitten by an infected tick, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headaches
  • Stiff neck
  • Tendon, muscle, and bone pain
  • Severe joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nerve pain or shooting pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Take these symptoms seriously, especially with younger children and older adults. Because the symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, it is often misdiagnosed, so it’s important to get examined as soon as possible after you may have been bitten.

How is Lyme disease treated?

If you wait to begin treating Lyme disease, it can become chronic, advancing to the next stage. It can spread to any part of your body and affect any system in your body. In many instances, when you treat Lyme disease in its earliest stage, the infection can be cured with antibiotics.

However, if you’re still dealing with chronic pain even after taking antibiotics, you could be suffering from post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). There is not yet a “gold standard” treatment method for PTLDS, but Dr. Roofian successfully helps relieve many of your symptoms with ketamine infusion therapy.

What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a series of intravenous treatments in which a specially created ketamine-saline solution goes through your system to affect the pain receptors in your brain. Dr. Roofian and his expert medical team create a treatment protocol based on your specific symptoms to give you the maximum benefit from ketamine treatment. In many cases, once the treatment is finished, you enjoy long-lasting relief from debilitating Lyme disease symptoms and a renewed quality of life.

If you were treated for Lyme disease but continue to struggle with painful symptoms, call one of the Los Angeles-area offices in Beverly Hills, Chula Vista, or Tarzana, California, or request an appointment online.