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Infectolab vs igenex what's more accurate? For Lyme testing ?

Infectolab vs igenex 
what's more accurate? For Lyme testing ?

Lyme disease: Both of these commercial laboratories hold themselves out as experts on serological and other testing for lyme disease which is often diagnosed based primarily upon the manner of clinical presentation. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme is caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Lyme disease testing needed. Any financial help possible!?

Needed?: Lyme testing is generally unnecessary. If you have symptoms of acute infection with this bacteria it should be treated whether or not you are tested positive. If you insist on this check with your local health department and perhaps they can help. ...Read more

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Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA. Any doctors specialize in this area?

Where can I get Lyme Disease testing in Burien or Renton, WA.

Any doctors specialize in this area?

IM or ID.: Your general Internist or Family Practitioner can perform this testing. If you feel you need to take it to a higher level, you can locate a local Infectious Disease specialist. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about Lyme disease testing? What are symptoms that would warrant getting tested?

Varied features: Lysis testing involves blood tests. There is a screening Lyme test and a Western Blot that is more specific. Symptoms vary and are often missed. Typical rash( bulls eye lesion ) may be seen fatigue, joint pain, neurological changes like facial numbness or Bell's palsy and many others ...Read more

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Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing? ,

Whats standard infectious workup post POTS diagnosis? Does typical workup include Lyme disease testing?
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Yes: Lyme can cause autonomic dysfunction including POTS- good idea to get tested for lyme and its coinfections such as bartonella, mycoplasma, erhlichia, anaplasma, babesia and rocky mountain spotted fever which are all tick borne infections ...Read more

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What is the difference in testing an IgG and IgM bands for Lyme versus multiple myeloma?

What is the difference in testing an IgG and IgM bands for Lyme versus multiple myeloma?

Different Diseases: Lyme and multiple myeloma are two very different diseases which are not likely to be confused for one another on a test like this. Igg and igm are two different types of proteins made by the immune system, and within each category you have thousands of different proteins in your body. For lyme, the test looks for a protein that proves your body has "seen" lyme organisms before. ...Read more

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2 years ago i had lyme ab screen mildly elevevated but western blot all non reactive. Now im testing pos for igm 23 and igm 41. What does this mean?

Interpret clinically: Lyme is known to be 'tricky'. The first set of tests I would ignore, since the Western blot was totally negative. In the second case, this could indicate an acute exposure since you've got 2 out of 3 IgM bands. You definitely need to talk to the doctor about these- since the lab work needs to be interpreted in the right clinical context. Sometimes lab tests come up as 'false positive'. See ID doc. ...Read more