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zeitgeist
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Dear Group,

I only just got diagnosed with Lyme Disease two weeks ago, by having three bands positive on the IgeneX Western Blot.

I have not started any treatment for Lyme Disease yet--my appointment with a LLMD is in four weeks.

I just recently had a test at Metametrix Clinical Labratory called a "2100 Gastrointestinal Function Profile."

In the category of "Yeast/Fungi," I had a score of "+1."

During this past year, I have done three or four hours a week, every single week, in a "soft-side" hyperbaric chamber at my chiropractor's office.

The chiropractor prescribed the hyperbaric for the "soft-tissue injury" I had sustained in a car accident which resulted in "whiplash."

My chiropractor told me that insurance "never covers hyperbaric."

From what I am reading on this forum, I think my chiropractor may well be wrong when she says "insrance never covers hyperbaric."

Has anyone successfully managed to get their insurance company to cover hyperbaric if it is prescribed for "systemic candida syndrome?"

Does the insurance care if the hyperbaric chamber is a soft-side, or a "hard-shell" hyperbaric?

What is the main difference between the two different kinds of hyperbaric chambers?

Does anyone know the codes which insurance uses when they cover the hyperbaric treatments?

What is a systemic yeast blood test which tests for "candida antibody titers?" (IgG IgM IgA)

How do I ask for/order this systemic yeast blood test from my doctor, what is the name of the test and what is the lab which does the test?

My insurance is Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Thanks for helping me with this--Zeitgeist

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Regarding a blood test for yeast, the lab test I had with Quest called it:

Candida Albicans Antibodies (IgA, IgG, IgM)

Why are you waiting to treat Lyme? I would get on "something" before your LLMD appointment. Doxycycline would be a good start. Won't your regular doctor give you that until your appointment?

The longer it goes untreated, the longer it takes to get cured.

~webmeg [Smile]

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Sorry but insurance does NOT cover hyperbaric for infections unless you have resistant osteomyletis
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can one have candida and test negative to the blood antibody test?

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In Australia the government might actually pay for you to use a hyperbaric chamber.

My friends live there and after a bout with cancer my friend's husband used a group hyperbaric chamber 5 days a week for a month.

He had to do this in another town so the government even paid for his hotel stay.

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What makes you think you have systemic yeast? I'm guessing you had a stool test, as that is the only test that would give results in a 1+ format. Yeast in your stool can be very normal and is not necessarily pathologic. Do you have symptoms of a systemic infection?

Also, I don't want to sound overly cynical, but your chiropractor has a hyperbaric oxygen machine?

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quote:
Originally posted by djf2005:
can one have candida and test negative to the blood antibody test?

Oh yes, esp since most of the time the tests are negative even when candida is raging.

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zeitgeist
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quote:
What makes you think you have systemic yeast? I'm guessing you had a stool test, as that is the only test that would give results in a 1+ format. Yeast in your stool can be very normal and is not necessarily pathologic. Do you have symptoms of a systemic infection?

Also, I don't want to sound overly cynical, but your chiropractor has a hyperbaric oxygen machine?

Yes, it was stool test, and yes, I have symptoms of a systemic infection.

The chiropractor I mentioned is actually a functional medicine physician (her title is doctor of chiropractic), and yes, she has two mild hyperbaric chambers in the office.

The functional medicine specialist is the one who ordered the lab testing, and diagnosed me with a systemic yeast infection, for which she prescribed supplements containing primarily berberine acid (which did NOT agree with my intestines!).

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Hi folks,

Typically the protocol for candida would be much higher than a mHBOT chamber can provide. So I am thinking that perhaps you could look into a differential diagnosis...

As for reimbursement I have only seen on case get paid for lyme. It all depends on your carrier. Some have broader coverage than others as far as "investigational" uses for HBOT.

No insurance provider will reimburse for mHBOT now that they do note carry PVHO, pressure vessel for human occupancy registration.

You can give it a try though... If you have any questions feel free to contact me off list at [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Julia

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Anyway, as much as I love hyperbaric, the one thing it made *worse* was my candida and I heard that from others, too, especially the deep dive chambers. Remember, it's a facultative anaerobe, it can switch to oxygen, and if you're killing off lots of other anaerobes, it'll switch to oxygen and grow because there are fewer competitors. Plus in a deep dive chamber you come out *very* hungry, I remember after the first time we all went straight to McDonalds for big macs. You end up feeding your candida!

MHBOT is good for boosting immunity and for tuning up your whole body, so if you are on anti-candida meds then MHBOT would be good. Not sure that herbs with berberine are enough tho especially if systemic, you need actual Rx drugs.

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