Which lab is best for Bartonella test?

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Megan Eliz
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   Posted 1/31/2018 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter has been treated for Lyme, Bartonella and Babesiosis. It has been about a year and she is under the care of Dr. J in CT. She is still on antibiotics.

Her latest blood results have two different results for Bartonella. Quest was negative but Galaxy was 1:256, Her doctor only mentioned the Galaxy results and said she could have antibodies still because her body is fighting the infection.

Does anyone know which lab has the more sensitive test? Or anyone have experience with different results from different labs.

Girlie
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   Posted 1/31/2018 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Testing isn't reliable. Many false negatives.

I would go with the Galaxy lab results.

Quest is not one of the better/reliable labs for lyme and co's testing.


Galaxy Labs is known to be one of the better labs for bartonella testing. It is expensive though.
The Bart guru (Dr. M) promotes that lab.
(Maybe he is part owner? I'm not sure)

Dr. J. in Connecticut (the 'older' Dr.) (if that's who your daughter is seeing) - is one of the best Lyme Peds Dr.'s IMO.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
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Megan Eliz
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   Posted 1/31/2018 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. That is what I thought. Just thought I would ask here because I know this forum is so knowledgeable.

And yes it is the "older" Dr. J. He is more wonderful than I was expecting. My daughter is doing so much better now.

Girlie
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   Posted 1/31/2018 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Megan Eliz said...
Thank you. That is what I thought. Just thought I would ask here because I know this forum is so knowledgeable.

And yes it is the "older" Dr. J. He is more wonderful than I was expecting. My daughter is doing so much better now.


Oh, that is great to hear. I only 'know' him from the Under Our Skin videos and what I've read on the internet...and certainly seems wonderful.


...and he's got the experience too.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

Aerose91
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   Posted 1/31/2018 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
MDL labs was the only one to find my bartonella. I am seeing Dr M in Maryland, the bart guy, and he said MDL is a reliable lab

LymeWarrior21
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   Posted 5/23/2018 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My bartonella showed up when I did testing through Accu Reference ( I wonder if anyone else uses this other than my ND)
Dorina

bluelyme
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   Posted 5/23/2018 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
dna connexions found my bart ...urine only no doc needed

Girlie
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   Posted 5/23/2018 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
An unknown lab here in Canada found my bart via pcr (blood) for 125$

That was after a full year of treatment
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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