Title

Empowering Chronic Lyme Disease Patients with the Biopsychosocial Model

Date

5-31-2018 10:30 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:45 AM

Location

HWC 203

Session Chair

Tom Kelly

Session Chair

Jennifer Taylor-Winney

Session Title

Health and Exercise Science Individual Presentations

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Janet Roberts

Abstract

Currently, in the United States, the Center for Disease Control does not recognize the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease and eludes to the idea that the patients symptoms are all in their head. Lyme Disease is spiral-shaped bacteria transmitted by a tick bite. Medical Professionals are trained to treat patients for Lyme only if they have signs of the bulls’ eye rash after bite. However, the rash is only present in about half of those infected leaving many undiagnosed and allowing the bacteria to spread. This is what is considered Chronic Lyme Disease. This case study looks at the experience of three individual patients who have tested positive for Lyme Disease, never had the bulls eye rash, and are currently being treated for the chronic form of the infection. These patient’s main complaint was the poor care that they received due to the current treatment approach, lack of funding, and the inadequate education of medical professionals. Using the Biopsychosocial Model instead of the Medical Model not only helps address and empower patients with Chronic Lyme Disease, but also those suffering from the other Chronic Diseases that are prevalent in this nation.

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May 31st, 10:30 AM May 31st, 10:45 AM

Empowering Chronic Lyme Disease Patients with the Biopsychosocial Model

HWC 203

Currently, in the United States, the Center for Disease Control does not recognize the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease and eludes to the idea that the patients symptoms are all in their head. Lyme Disease is spiral-shaped bacteria transmitted by a tick bite. Medical Professionals are trained to treat patients for Lyme only if they have signs of the bulls’ eye rash after bite. However, the rash is only present in about half of those infected leaving many undiagnosed and allowing the bacteria to spread. This is what is considered Chronic Lyme Disease. This case study looks at the experience of three individual patients who have tested positive for Lyme Disease, never had the bulls eye rash, and are currently being treated for the chronic form of the infection. These patient’s main complaint was the poor care that they received due to the current treatment approach, lack of funding, and the inadequate education of medical professionals. Using the Biopsychosocial Model instead of the Medical Model not only helps address and empower patients with Chronic Lyme Disease, but also those suffering from the other Chronic Diseases that are prevalent in this nation.