Help with picking out tests

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   Posted 5/6/2018 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
So, I grew up in the mid-Atlantic and can recall several times when I came across a tick. However there was one time in particular where I was bitten right on the area your blood is drawn from in the arm. I was 11 and I have since suffered many health issues. I kind of always felt tired throughout my childhood, got sick often, heart arrhythmia, and suffered from severe headaches at one point. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with SVT and needed a cardiac ablation. Well I am now nearly 30 and have a cardiac monitor in where I was diagnosed with PVCs- which apparently they aren’t sure why I feel them? So I have now had two heart issue.. which honestly concerns me and I feel I have a right to understand why and what is going on. I keep getting treated like I am crazy for wanting get to understand And like I shouldn’t be concerned at all. I have suffered from sinus and ear infections for the last 6 years of my life, which has been spent in Seattle. I seem to have food allergies, no gluten and can’t handle large amounts of diary. I also can’t handle alcohol anymore. My joints hurt a lot and I have been seeing a spine specialist. I had some siatica issues too. I did go on accutane about a year ago (6 months post right now) but I have had these issues way before the accutane. Anyway, doctors out here aren’t familiar with Lyme disease like they are on the east coast. I have had several bad experiences with doctors out here. I looked at my doctor and said “something feels wrong and I am just so tired of this”. It feels really frustrating we can’t figure out why I feel these PVCs or why I randomly have months where I am fine and then others when I feel crappy again. I have had full blood panels done and everything is in normal range. However I understand (pre nursing student) that PCP don’t always test or look for specific things. So I want to use true health labs to rule out Lyme Disease. Being that it’s 19 years later, does anyone know which test panels I should order?

Thank you!

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   Posted 5/6/2018 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elaine, welcome!

I think it's wise for you to be looking into lyme disease - considering you had a tick bite and have suffered from many health issues throughout your life.

Are you going through Truhealh because you can't get a Dr. to sign a lab req for lyme testing?

If you do have a willing Dr., you can just call Igenex and have them send you a test kit. It is less expensive going through them.

The basic tests to get : Lyme WB IgM and IgG for $250 (Igenex) those same tests with Truhealth are probably about $350.

You can also test for the coinfections - particularly bartonella and babesia....but they are even more unreliabel/inaccurate than the lyme tests.
Depends on how much $$ you want to spend.

Most LLMD's will clinically diagnose the coinfections...or some even treat all the B's (Borrelia, Bart, Babs)

Also, maybe consider finding a LLMD for an evaluation - either before or after you test.
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