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.
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 Many doctors do not understand Lyme and treat with outdated protocols.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.