As far as I know the Lyme tests I have had were sent to LabCorp. They were just done for screening purposes really. Many, many years ago I went to the doc when I noticed that I had quite a few lymph nodes swollen.....cervical (behind the neck), axillary, and inguinal. They tested me then but it was negative. I actually had a biopsy cause the doc was concerned about
lymphoma...it was negative thankfully. The biopsy just showed reactive. This was in my early 20s. They thought it could be related to my tonsils which were always flaring up. I always felt like I was fatigued more than the normal person but I attributed it to my stressful job as a nurse and possibly the tonsils. Later, I had them removed and felt some better because I didn't have tonsillitis all the time! lol! But in 2006 , I really started to feel horrible. I ached all over and was fatigued beyond belief. Saw a doc and he ordered tons of blood tests including LYme. All came back negative. He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. Saw a rheumatologist and he agreed. So, jump forward to 2008 when I started having the joint pain and hardly any muscle aches. The fatigue was still there though. Saw my doc again and this time my sed rate and CRP were elevated showing inflammation. So, I knew by that, that I had inflammation and now it was showing up in my blood. Saw the same rheumatologist..he still wanted to say fibromyalgia! I knew that with fibro you have normal blood tests for inflammation not abnormal. I could hardly
open a door or drive very far with my hands. My feet hurt something awful. I was still working full time and I wanted to feel better. I got a second opinion and he diagnosed me with polyinflammatory arthritis....which is still basically my diagnosis even though he says I have seronegative RA. I've had a few Lyme tests through the years but like I said they were just done through LabCorp I believe like the other send-out labs...ANA, etc.
I am on RA meds now. I still have joint pain and fatigue and really the only time I feel good is when I take prednisone. I haven't had the knuckle swelling like most people with RA get.
I grew up in the country and ran around barefooted in the summer. I had horses, dogs, cats, and even a pig lol. During the summer, it was a daily occurrence almost to find a tick somewhere on my body. I always had to check for them when I came home. We would roam in the fields and woods all day during the summer. So, I have been exposed lots of times LOL!
I've never been treated for Lyme or had long-term antibiotics as the docs have never had a suspicion of Lyme. They believe if the tests are negative then they are negative. I don't even know if they know of sending it to IgeneX but I'm gonna ask my NP when I see her in a couple of months...maybe she will just humor me and send it there. Does anyone know if insurance will cover the testing there?