Sorry to start a thread again. I saw another doctor today who seemed very skeptical I have lyme, even after I showed her pictures of my rash and told her I've been having joint pain in my wrists, knees and ankles. She did not up my antibiotic dosage like I asked. Instead, she gave me a bunch of blood work to see if I do have lyme. The dilemma here is that I am on a new insurance that charges $20 per test. If I do all the tests I've been given, that is $120. The only reason I don't have good health insurance is because I was laid off and am getting it through the state. Obviously, I don't have money to throw around. I am wondering what everyone else's thoughts are on the relevance of these blood tests. Would these be useful if I was only infected in the past 7 to 30 days? I can't afford to pay for worthless tests.
-lyme tilter (I can't read her writing, looks like tilt or tilter)
-hepatic function panel
-comprehensive metabolic panel w/e GFR
-rheumatoid something (rheumatoid rasch... raschm?)
-CBC w/ diff. (Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC, Plt, Diff)
I have insurance, but it's not that great... but the thought of having lyme disease is killing me. I printed out a bunch of info about
how lyme should be treated with at least 300mg Doxy and should be treated at the appearance of the rash, whether it's proven to be lyme or not, and the doctors don't listen. They think people don't get lyme where I live, the western part of NYS in Buffalo.
Post Edited (lovemuffin) : 8/19/2009 2:07:17 PM (GMT-6)