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Old 07-06-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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Are these the right tests?


I finally found a doctor who is willing to test me for Lyme but I am not sure if these are the most reliable tests out there. I was wondering if someone could let me know if these are the most accurate tests:

Immunology of Lyme Disease Panel
Lyme Antibodies (IgG/IgM)- unrelated peptide
Western Blot Assay (IgG/IgM)
Lyme TNF-A Antigen (A & B)- (Cytokines)
CD4 + Cell to Antigen A&B (T Helper Cells specific to Lyme)

I believe the doctor said he uses a lab called BioHealth Diagnositics.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 07-06-2006, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: Are these the right tests?

Hi wailea366, welcome to the board!

No Lyme test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. It is important to be tested at a Lyme lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. It uses more sensitive testing and shows more bands on the Western Blot. Besides Lyme, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab also.

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor. Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols. The closest Lyme doctor to IL that I know of is in Springfield, MO. Would you like his name?

If you want to post your test results when you get them, we will try to help you interpret them.

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