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imagine2
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I have always thought Quest and Labcorp were not sensitive enough for tickborne infections.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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I agree with that.

I'm sure in some situations it picks up Lyme, but from what I've learned from others (and experienced personally), they are unfortunately not sensitive enough at all!

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Once in awhile, someone will show positive on one of those. But if it comes back negative, you can NOT bank on it.

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IMO, band 41 shows up often, only to be dismissed.

Wish I knew then what I know now...

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Thank you for your responses.

I just dont understand why LLMDs are even sending patients there. I had a new tick bite recently and my dr sent me there.

It could cost me $400 for a test that insurance may not pay for.
Now it's just a guessing game. [Frown] I should have insisted on Igenex.

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I was raised in Maine, graduate school in NYC, summer house share on Fire Island from 1980 until 2001....don't know where I first got infected but when I started feeling unwell around about '80, my NYC doctor would annually send my blood to Quest, sometimes Labcorp I don't recall when we started testing for Lyme, but the tests continued to be negative year after year until finally in 2001 I knew something was terribly wrong and a savvy LLMD sent my blood to Igenex and Stony Brook where I finally had positive results

whenever someone says to me that their blood was sent to Quest or Labcorp I shudder...and advise them to try other labs....

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If your doctor is not using Igenex, then he is not a true LLMD.

Dan's story illustrates this perfectly.

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