Question about Igenex test

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Solid8
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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
I currently don't have much funds, so I would like to order the right test. I was going to order test #188,189, and 5090. Do you think these are enough for now?
 
188 = Western blot IgM
189 = Western blot IgG
5090 = Complete Co-infection panel
 
Thank you so much!

ticker
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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Solid8, welcome to the board!

How long have you been sick?  I think the tests you have chosen from IgeneX are a good place to start.  Although no test is completely reliable, I think the Western Blot is a good choice because it gives a breakdown of numerical bands and some are specific for Lyme.  Even if the test is not positive by CDC standards (which require several bands to be present to be positive) it can be telling by which bands show.  Getting tested for the co-infections is very important.

Below is a Lyme disease symptom list.  You can have any combination of symptoms. 

Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Swollen glands
Sore throat
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Upset stomach
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Headache
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Lightheadedness, wooziness
Tremor
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol

It is very important to see a knowledgeable doctor.  Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols.   If you need a doctor recommendation, you can email me at ko_@bellsouth.net  

It is also important to learn as much as possible.  I recommend reading Dr. Joseph Burrascano's 2005 Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines For Lyme and Other Tick Borne Illnesses at http://www.ilads.org/burrascano_0905.html  He is one of the top Lyme doctors in the country, and many Lyme doctors follow his protocols. I also recommend the books "Everything You Need To Know about Lyme Disease Second Edition" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner and "The Lyme Disease Solution" by Kenneth B. Singleton MD.

 


Solid8
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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ticker,

I have been sick for 2.5 years after I got bite by something in Oct 2006. Main symptoms I have is vibrations in my legs and twitching of eyelid. Do you happen to know how much those three tests above would cost? I hope no more than $200. Thx

ticker
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Solid8.  I am sorry you have been sick for so long.

I don't know how much the tests cost, but I believe it would be more than $200 for all of them.  You can call IgeneX at 800-832-3200 to find out.  If it is too expensive, you may want to check out how much the antibody tests are for the co-infections.  That may be a place to start instead of having the panel done (which is more than one test) if you cannot afford it.


Solid8
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   Posted 3/30/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ticker, I will call them asap.

ticker
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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Solid8, did you get the information?
 

Solid8
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ticker,

yes I did, unfortunately I won't be able to afford the co-infection panel. It's so stressful when you don't have enough money.

ticker
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   Posted 3/31/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Solid8.  I understand the stress of finances.  Did you ask about the prices for the Western Blot IgM/IgG and antibody co-infection tests only and not the complete panels for Lyme and the co-infections?  This may be more affordable and is a place to start instead of doing the complete panels.

 

Solid8
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   Posted 3/31/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing test #4090 which includes western blot IgG, IgM, and something else. I didn't see an option for antibody co-infections? What is the difference between that and the normal co-infection panel? Thx
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