Looking for opinions on my first LLMD visit

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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I went for my very first visit with a very reputable LLMD yesterday.  If you don't mind I would like opinions on the blood tests that are being done and herbs that he gave me.
Blood work as shown on the sheet he gave me:
CD57 (HNK1)
CD57 (HNK1)
Homocysteine, Plasma
Vitamin D 25-OH
Vitamin D 1,25
  Female Hormones:
  General Evaluation:
CBC w/Diff/Plts
CMP-14 +2SV
CRP Cardio
Fibrinogen Activity
Sed Rate, Westergren
  Thyroid Profile:
T4 (thyroxine) Total
T4-Free, Direct, Serum
T3-Free Serum
Adrenal Stress Index
Bartonella Stained Smear
Basic Lyme Panel: Western Blot IgG, IgM
Lyme IgG/IgM/M/Iga Screen (IFA)
Babesia duncani (Wa-1)
Babesia microti IgG/IgM
OHP Venipuncture
Then he also put me on herbs:
Botanical Treasures (reduces oxidative and inflammatory stress and normalizes cell behavior)
Adreno Distress Guard (enables stress hormone balance)
Samento (microbial defense-L4)
AND last, but not least:
Adrenal stress index panel: TAP (Cortisol x4), DHEA, MB2-S, FI-4 ISN x2 & P17-OH - which is a saliva test
Sorry this is so long, but this visit cost me and arm and a leg and I just want to make sure he's not pulling the leg that cost me so much ;>)
Someone please help - I am clueless

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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Sure looks like you got a great Dr. who was willing to run all those tests!

You will find many Lymies have thyroid issues, and have a hard time getting the BW run for that.

Along with Low D and low B-12 (which is the one test I did not see listed).

I would say you are looking pretty darn good in the test dept. and I am anxious for you to share your results once you have them.
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   Posted 8/12/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   

LabLady-that's sure a lot of tests! Now I'm wondering if your name refers to the dog, or the tests? tongue

But actually- doing all those tests is a good thing. Those are all very important things that need to be looked into- either to rule out other possibilities, or to identify things that need to be looked at in addition to Lyme. As 1xbitten said, Lyme can cause many problems with everything from hormones to vitamins.


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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Your doctor is checking for thyroid problems and adrenal issues which is awesome! I wish my LLMD would have run those tests.

A CD57 is a test that shows how low your immune system is. That test is very important to do when you have Lyme Disease.

I see you are being tested for Bartonella and Babesia, which are co-infections that can sometimes come with Lyme Disease.

It looks like everything is covered except b-12 like 1bitten mentioned. Lyme Disease can deplete b-12 levels, so you may want to have that checked later on too.
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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LabLady,

Welcome to the forum! Wow, what a great start for you!! I'm happy for you!! Make sure to get your own copies of your tests and put them in a binder or file of some sort so that you can retrieve/refer to them as necessary. You are fortunate that you did not have to "fight tooth and nail" to get these good tests. Go ahead and celebrate your good fortune!! You have been blessed! Your doc sounds good!

Wishing you all the best, bablymers mom

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/12/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I guess spending over $2000 was worth it. 
He said he felt that I had cronic lyme with co-infections.  I am wondering what the thyroid test will show since I have been hypothyroid and on Synthroid for many years and I told him that yesterday.  Is there some other reason for that test?
This is all very confusing to me so I appreciate all the input. 
I will keep you all posted and thank you, thank you, thank you!
PS  I am a breeder and AKC field trial competitor of labrador retrievers and yes, I have been bit by many, many ticks.
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