Complex Chronic Disease

Complex Chronic Disease

Complex Chronic Disease

Some of the conditions that make up this category of illness include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Lyme disease
  • Co-infections of Lyme including opportunistic infections such as Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae as well as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, etc.
  • Mold toxin illness
  • Chronic viral infections like Epstein Barr

Unfortunately, many people affected by these conditions go undiagnosed and miss-diagnosed for many years, in large part because of the variety of organ systems affected and therefore symptoms produced.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Profound fatigue
  • Roving or intermittent pain
  • Palpitations
  • Intermittent fevers or chills
  • Brain fog, confusion or poor memory
  • Intermittent flu-like symptoms
  • Digestive disturbance
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Weakness

Testing for these conditions is notoriously unreliable, however, there have been important commitments by the Canadian government regarding improving testing and diagnosis.

While we are waiting for the necessary updates to the Canadian testing system, Armin labs (based in Germany) has proven to be the most reliable for various infectious causes of illness. Thankfully there are other labs very useful and accurate for mold toxin illness and gastrointestinal causes of disease.

Treatments are very personalized and dependent on many factors. The cause of illness, organ systems involved, length of illness, and severity of symptoms all have roles to play in the types and intensity of treatments used. At Port Moody Health we have access to many innovative tools for treatment, including:

If you would like any additional information about the various treatments we offer or how we may assist you in managing these complex and debilitating conditions please contact us at or 604-949-0077 to speak with one of our patient care coordinators.