Lyme Specialist

Kenneth P. Stoller, MD

Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center located in Santa Rosa, CA

Integrative medicine physician Kenneth P. Stoller, MD, wrote the book Incurable Me to share his knowledge on effective treatments of Lyme disease and other difficult-to-diagnose conditions. Dr. Stoller has been treating Lyme disease for over 20 years and offers comprehensive care at his Santa Rosa, California, practice. He customizes a treatment plan to ease your symptoms and uses leading-edge strategies, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to help you recover from Lyme disease. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stoller online or by phone to get help for your Lyme disease symptoms. 

Lyme

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that results after a bite from an infected tick. This infection can be difficult to diagnose, because its symptoms are similar to many other conditions. It can mimic almost every known symptom available. About 18 to 20% of the global population is infected and in the Bay Area infection rates can be as high as 40%.

Unfortunately for many, Lyme disease goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for too long, leading to long-term health complications, like chronic nerve pain, irregular heartbeat, brain inflammation and death.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

A hallmark sign of Lyme disease is a red rash that develops on the skin near the tick bite. The rash grows larger over the next few days and may resemble a bullseye. However, not everyone with the infection develops a rash, and most don't, making a diagnosis even more difficult.

Other common symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Numbness in the legs or arms

Lyme disease can also lead to short-term memory problems and changes in your mood and patterns of sleep.

How is Lyme disease diagnosed?

If you find a tick on your skin, it’s important that you remove it quickly and correctly. You should save the tick if possible and schedule an evaluation with Dr. Stoller as soon as possible.

If you develop symptoms of Lyme disease without confirmation of a tick bite, Dr. Stoller reviews the severity of your symptoms and orders a blood test to check for Lyme disease. There are several indirect ways of making the diagnosis as well. 

How is Lyme disease treated?

In the earliest stages of a Lyme disease diagnosis, the infection can be cleared with antibiotics. Taking the full course of antibiotics ensures the infection doesn’t spread to other areas of your body.

Dr. Stoller also uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating Lyme disease. By delivering doses of pure oxygen to your body that is 10 times higher than what you breathe in, he can help kill off the Lyme bacteria. These bacteria are microaerophilic and can’t survive in high oxygen environments.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also boosts your immune system and can increase your energy and cognitive function. In some cases, oxygen therapy can reduce the need for long-term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease.

Learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treating Lyme disease by calling the office today or by requesting a consultation with Dr. Stoller online.