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sissy36
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I just noticed that the llmd I am going to see uses only Quest lab.

I have heard that it needs to be Igenex to help with a possible Lyme diagnoses?

Also, would you recommend trying to get your regular md to send off bloodwork to Igenex before seeing a llmd?

symptoms for 18 years

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susank
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I would ask your GP to test you with the new direct culture test from Advanced Laboratory Services. Read my sig. line and you will understand why I say that. I think that somewhere along the way I also tested with Quest and was negative there as well.

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Pos.Bb culture 2012
Labcorp - no bands ever
Igenex - Neg. 4 times
With overall bands:
IGM 18,28,41,66 IND: 23-25,34,39
IGG 41,58 IND: 39
Bart H IGG 40

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susank
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Further thoughts. If anyone feels I should delete this reply please let me know.

Suppose you test positive with Advanced Lab via your GP.

Your LLD tests you via Quest or Labcorp for Lyme, Mycoplasma Pneumonia, Chlamydia Pneumonia, ASO Strep etc. And you come back neg. for Lyme but positive for other infections. The LLD could prescribe Abx for the other infections - that would also hit Lyme.

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Pos.Bb culture 2012
Labcorp - no bands ever
Igenex - Neg. 4 times
With overall bands:
IGM 18,28,41,66 IND: 23-25,34,39
IGG 41,58 IND: 39
Bart H IGG 40

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Keebler
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Susan, your post is just fine. Good thoughts.

Sissy, in addition to some other tests that Quest might be okay with . . . if the lyme test happens to come back positive, it is likely covered by your insurance.

But, if a "CDC negative" it could mean your insurance will not pay if a later test is positive.

Read BEFORE any testing:
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http://www.canlyme.com/seronegreasons.html

27 REASONS WHY A SERONEGATIVE TEST RESULT MIGHT OCCUR

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The new ADVANCED LABS lyme test is the last post here:
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Diagnosing Lyme Disease (&/or whatever else is going on)

Includes other tick-borne infections and other chronic stealth infections.
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When locating a possible LLMD, the first thing you should ask them on the phone is what labs they use for testing. If they only use Quest or LabCorp, go elsewhere. Just my opinion.

My LLMD used LabCorp for auxiliary testing, but Igenex for Lyme and coinfections.

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Richard1062
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Our daughter had several negative Lyme tests from Quest but a strongly positive one, including CDC positive, from Igenex.
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susank
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I think it might be possible that LLD's (and patients) don't want a positive test in the chart. A neg. test could mean treatment is not for LD. No flags raised. Treat for the other infections that tend to come with LD - MyP., CP., ASO Strep - etc. Usually same Abx and long treatment times.

I don't know re: insurance companies paying for Abx long-term knowing Dx is LD. I would think that some might not pay.

If you have several infections - treat for those and hopefully hit LD.

Sometimes I get a little worried when folks have positive LD tests in their charts. Maybe some doctors do as well.

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Pos.Bb culture 2012
Labcorp - no bands ever
Igenex - Neg. 4 times
With overall bands:
IGM 18,28,41,66 IND: 23-25,34,39
IGG 41,58 IND: 39
Bart H IGG 40

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If you want a regular doctor to order the Igenex tests for you, you have to be sure the one drawing the blood will follow the Igenex instructions. The blood must be drawn Mon, Tues or Wed and express mailed.

If this is not done, you have wasted all of your money. Blood that sits too long (in the office, in the mail, etc.) will clump and will then return a negative result for lyme.

So, read the following thread that explains the Western Blot and how the blood must be prepared and shipped:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/42077?

Then, decide whether you trust your doc's office or other lab to follow these instructions. I would get it clear with them in advance before setting up the blood draw. You are paying a lot of money for the tests. So, you want to be sure your blood is handled properly.

A lyme doc's staff does all of this routinely since they deal with Igenex all the time, but a regular doc's staff has likely never had to do this--express mail, draw blood only early in the week, etc.

The lyme doc's staff calls for pick up of the blood as soon as it is drawn, it seems to me.

Also know that your reg doctor will get the Igenex results. Whoever signs the order for the test will get the results. Then, you have to get them from that doc.

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My doctor requested an IGenex test and I had the blood draw done at Quest. Quest ignored my doctor's request for IGenex and did the test themselves.
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I had to get our primary care Dr. to sign the Igenex lab order, emailed and got the test kit from Igenex, went to CLAB with the instructions from Igenex highlighted.
They drew it and spun it for us charging a $50 handling fee and when it was done handed it to me to mail in the fed ex packaging that Igenex sent with the kit.
Quest or other labs do not send stuff to Igenex.

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quote:
Originally posted by lymenotlite:
My doctor requested an IGenex test and I had the blood draw done at Quest. Quest ignored my doctor's request for IGenex and did the test themselves.

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My old doc did initial test with igenex and then did regular checkbox with quest so the ins would pay

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My PCP used Quest Labs for ME & we got back significant results after a week.
I tested + for almost all bands on the Western Blot's IgG panel. (CDC+)
But that's probably due to my strong immune system reaction to the Lyme...
likely more than 1 strain acc. to ALL my docs.

A month later, my LLMD sent my blood off to Igenex for a "better look".
They test for more anti-bdy bands on BOTH the IgM & IgG Western blots.
The results confirmed the Quest findings, but with more resoution.

I'd find a doc who is atleast *willing* to use IgeneX, even if you have to pay for it in advance.
They're a better lab when it comes to TBDs.

I'm pretty sure your doc uses Quest as it's closer & a standard nation-wide laboratory group that has a good reputation.

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