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Old 11-29-2007, 04:50 PM   #1
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Lyme Testing

Hello everyone! I've been having some Lyme-like symptoms and was wondering if anyone knows the differences between these Lyme tests being offered by "Health Tests Direct." I've already had the "Lyme IgG/IgM Ab and it turned out negative. Of course I want the cheapest option, but I also don't want a repeat of what I've already taken. I called them and they just told me to talk to my doctor. Thanks for any help that you can give me and here are the tests that they list on their website:


LYME 209.75
LYME ANTIBODY IgG & IgM w/ REFLEX WESTERN BLOT 73.60
LYME by WESTERN BLOT IgG/IgM 88.32
LYME IGG/IGM 201.95
LYME IGM

 
Old 11-29-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: Lyme Testing

Thanks for your response ticker. The test that I took at ******* (IgG/IgM AB) only gave me a negative result with the index being <.91 for negative. The tests that I was referring to are from an online testing service, and I was wondering if the "Western Blot" listed below could be one to try next. It sounds awfully cheap to me, but I am wondering if it's worth a try before going all the way to the more expensive IGENEX route. My General Practitioner really wasn't helpful at all when I recently had a physical. Thanks again!

LYME $209.75
LYME ANTIBODY IgG & IgM w/ REFLEX WESTERN BLOT $73.60
LYME by WESTERN BLOT IgG/IgM $88.32
LYME IGG/IGM $201.95
LYME IGM

 
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:31 AM   #3
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Re: Lyme Testing

Hi susieranger. I recommend that you have the Western Blot done at IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA. I know it may be more expensive, but this is the lab that many Lyme doctors use. They use more sensitive testing and list more bands on the Western Blot. You can submit the bill to your insurance company for reimbursement. Some companies pay more than others.

Realize that no Lyme test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. The CDC requires several bands to show on the Western Blot for it to be positive; however, many people who have Lyme do not have this many bands. Lyme doctors often look at which bands are positive, some are specific for Lyme.

 
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