3love... Stonybrook is now just like any other lab.. they closed down the lyme lab they had a few years ago.. But from what i understand they still have some of the same doctors.. although they are not LLMD's
I don't know if Stony Brook is as good as IgeneX, but that's where I got my bloodwork done. I believe Dr. F. chose it because of my insurance, but I had a few bands react on that bloodwork (and had other work done almost simultaneously through Quest where no bands reacted at all).
I have now lost my insurance due to unrelated issues, so for the time being I will have to pay out of pocket. Dr. F. wants me to have bloodwork once a month, so I am going to ask for IgeneX next time (a couple weeks) and see how the results differ. I'll let you know.
3Love, my LLMD does not use an acceptable lab either. I think it is because he really does not care about the results. He believes in clinical diagnosis. Maybe he choses his lab becuase it is cheaper and his patients may be paying themselves? I don;t know- it is a very good question. On the other hand, I heard Dr P in CT does not use a well known Lyme lab either and you cannot question that he is a good LLMD from what I hear from his patients.
Please be aware that just because someone claims to be a "Lyme specialist" or even an infectious disease doctor does NOT mean that they are Lyme literate. As for your particular neuro, I have no idea, he may be a great doctor, I don't know, you'd have to base that on yours and other Lyme patients' treatment experiences. The way to find someone who is truly Lyme literate and treats competently is through other people who have had good experiences and have received successful treatment.