Astroman, thats true. I really believe that when IVIG is indicated, its pretty obvious.
IVIG is used when you have an autoimmune disease. Not inflammation or lingering lyme effects or what have you. It is used in a very specific scenario, when your body is stuck in a runaway humoral response where its creating autoantibodies against itself, and when this happens it becomes a disease that really is its own thing, caused by but separate from the lyme, and it's usually *very* severe.
Preaching to the chior on autoimmune (ha ha). Just came back from the immunology/infusion clinic. I have an autoimmune Hashimoto which was worse in the past, and a few other things that come and go, . Autoimmune is not necessarily very severe, remember here are many types, only a few kill you. Sometimes diet can change it, Ive had some documented/tested success with this. That said, Anyone with ANY autoimmune owes it to themselves to get food testing. You only live once.
IVIG's first main use and intent from the places that do this (IVIG centers) is for very low immune systems, mostly immune compromised kids born that way.. Prob is, from my regional experience, the few IVIG centers there are have their own Drs too (who dont think out of the box) and only use it for its first intent, not autoimmune or lyme. I have low immune cells and immunoglogulins (possibly permanent immune damage from lyme), but since Im not "sick" they will not try this.
Using IVIG for lyme or autoimmune related is a second thought brought on by different Drs, not Drs at Infusion IVIG centers. I suspect some people travel long distance to get this done and covered by insurnace possiblly by LLMD's who have some connection or deal with and infussion center. I dont think insurance will pay if its not from and Infusion center. Infussion at an LLMD clinic?- insirance would most likely laugh the whole way. Then is $10-20K out of your pocket for just one treatment good for 4-6 weeks. Wish that were not the case.