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Well, band 30 is very Lyme-specific. I think band 58 is, too .... can't remember ... does it have a star next to it? IGeneX is good about marking which ones are important.

It looks like you should see an LLMD. A positive Lyme-specific band plus symptoms typically indicates Lyme Disease.

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This is a quote from Dr. C in Missouri:

In my clinical experience, if a patient has symptoms suspicious for borreliosis, and has one or more of the following bands, there is a very high probability the patient has borreliosis.

These bands are 18, 22, 23-25, 28, 30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 41, 83, and 93.

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Scotty, glad you are posting here. I hope you soon get some relief. I am glad you are looking into lyme. Vaccinations are another source of mercury.

Sherry

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What does IND mean?

It means "indeterminate", which basically just means they saw something there, but weren't comfortable calling it a positive--it also doesn't mean it's a negative either--there IS something there.

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Thanks for the info everyone. Carla, On that site about Dr. B's guidelines, it indicated Band 41 to be spirochetes "in general". Any idea what this means. Are there other *bugs* that are considered spirochetes?

I don't have any under the Specific Bands. Except an IND in one.

Guess I'll have to pay that doc by the minute to go discuss the results..... :huh:

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Band 41 to be spirochetes "in general". Any idea what this means. Are there other *bugs* that are considered spirochetes?

Yes. Gingivitis and syphilis.

I don't have any under the Specific Bands. Except an IND in one.

Guess I'll have to pay that doc by the minute to go discuss the results..... :huh:

band 30 is specific.

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Just Fyi... my two tests from Igenex from 1/14/ 08 were still the 190 dollars. I had the kit shipped to my home. It may be more expensive if you get the kit from the Dr.

Also it is confusing with the lyme specific bands. Dr. J criteria is different from Dr. B's and according to Dr. J my 8yo son would not have lyme but with Dr. B he would. I'm definitly gonna ask the PA at Dr. H office for advice. Thanks Carla.

April,

I'm glad you have some results. Is your Dr. a llmd? My holistic Dr. looked at my positive Igenex test and said it was negative. Just beware.

Scotty,

Praying for you today. I believe besides my 10+ mercury fillings I was mercury toxic from my mothers mouth full of amalgams. (in utero) Mercury was also in contact solution years ago, (thermerisol) and is currently in flourescent lighting and is a danger if broken.

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Carla....where did you find info that band 30 is highly specific?? I had a positive on band 30....I did as much research as I could on that band but never came up with anything definate.

I couldnt find anything "scientific" that implicated band 30 as being lyme specific. I did come across the info. you posted but in nearly all other lists/charts band 30 was not included as a specific band and there was no explanantion as to why this Dr. believes that 30 is highly specific??

I also had bands 58, 66 and 41....none of which were lyme specific. Band 30 was the one that I wasnt too sure about...lots of people saying it might be specific but nothing to really show that it is.

April,

I went to IgeneX last year and had the opportunity to sit down and talk to the lab director (Dr. Harris) about how to interpret the test results. I asked him about the IND's and was told that they do NOT mean that "something" was seen. They do not suggest a positive....they are neither positive nor negative. There was not enough info. for the lab tech to call it a negative or a positive....he suggests retesting following abx challenge or trying other methods of testing.

Alot of doctors are under the impression that an IND means that the lab tech must have "seen" something....but thats not the case. If it were positive then it would be indicated as such.

There seems to be alot of cunfusion re: the IND bands....I go with what the lab director told me since I think he probably has the best understanding of these tests.

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Just Fyi... my two tests from Igenex from 1/14/ 08 were still the 190 dollars. I had the kit shipped to my home. It may be more expensive if you get the kit from the Dr.

That's so strange. I got the kit directly from Igenex and it cost $245.

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i will just have to ask how much 2 Western Blots with a side of fries and a large Strawberry milkshake (mmmm) "to go please" will run me. do they have a value menu? see what they email i guess.

i got a response from 'my' doctors office that my doc wants me to ask the gastrologists? Gastroenteroligists? the GI guy to "precertify" enterolab. i just get the feeling my doc does not want anything to do with my current situation. at least the allergist was more helpful and actually was curious to see how i will be doing in a couple months for a follow-up. not sure why he suggested that my bloodwork results be copied to 'my' doc. i'm sure he won't look at them any more than he would look at me!!

i can't get a large enough quantity to put in the bowl right now. which is strange. usually i fill the larger bowl, but ever since enterolab arrived i been having small BMs, a fingers worth not always in that state. hardly anything comes out. i think it is a good thing, at least better. i'm thinking of splurging on some rice or quinoa, some good carbs always bring a load for me, but it porbably wont come at the right time. unless i have to go i generally cannot. who knows maybe by some miracle the carbs will work again. i got to get some results, something to work with here.....

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Scotty, I drank a large cup of coffee prior to doing my Enterolab test, LOL.

Rachel, on LN under medical questions, Dr. C's (Dr. C from Missouri) interpretation is there and includes band 30. I'm getting it from there.

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Scotty, I drank a large cup of coffee prior to doing my Enterolab test, LOL.

at least i will get a night of "sweets"--but a week of sheets :))

GI wants to see me. they never heard of Enterolab!! "you can't just order lab tests on-line" as if it is someone in there garage stealing my money in a stained wifebeater. my insurance actually did research....but they like doctors orders

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Its a pretty common response from doctors about Enterolab, because Dr. Fine hasn't published yet.

LOL, I did Enterolab malabsorption recheck last week, I thought I'd never get the specimen! I told my DH--I was so anxious about getting it into the "hat" that I couldn't go at all!

Scotty, you are allowed to do sequential BMs with enterolab in order to get enough to meet the volume requirement, just have to freeze in between...which is gross, but you have to freeze at the end anyway, so what's the difference IMHO.

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Its a pretty common response from doctors about Enterolab, because Dr. Fine hasn't published yet.

LOL, I did Enterolab malabsorption recheck last week, I thought I'd never get the specimen! I told my DH--I was so anxious about getting it into the "hat" that I couldn't go at all!

Scotty, you are allowed to do sequential BMs with enterolab in order to get enough to meet the volume requirement, just have to freeze in between...which is gross, but you have to freeze at the end anyway, so what's the difference IMHO.

ok thats a good idea. i usually never have a problem. like when people talk about struggling to get a urine stream started.....i get in there every time like a little kid dancing out of my pants. although it is nice to not have D past few days, this is where it gets tricky usually

thanks

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I believe besides my 10+ mercury fillings I was mercury toxic from my mothers mouth full of amalgams. (in utero) Mercury was also in contact solution years ago, (thermerisol)

truth,

i have 3 fillings that are shiny looking and assumign these are mercury.....did you have them replaced? maybe this TMJ somebody mentioned is in my near future. closer than i expected.

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i found a mercury free dentist in the area (the only one), but i dont get dental :( so that could be expensive not to mention my poor quality of teeth as it is. might have to check into him. i notice my back teeth with the fillings are even more bothersome at times now. like i am acknowledging the throbbing as being the result of the wedge of mercury in there. you would think after all these years the mercury would wear off.

Igenex said 2 western blots are 190 dollars. i'm going to contact the LLMD in Penn. see what happen + i got a name and now an appt with an ND today see what she thinks is going on down there.

i dropped my enterolab in the UPS today so here goes with that. still awaiting the bloodwork results.

here's mindboggler i manage to come across........opposing sides to Prilosec??? Nexium makes it very apparent on their website that it is gluten free. maybe i will see if i can switch, but Nexium needs a prescription. anyone know??

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Scotty, I'm glad you're making progress. I hope you can get your teeth done.

Prilosec is fine as far as I know ... I've not heard differently.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

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NMD was a homeopath...why do i always learn things the hard way? she just wanted me to buy some sugar pills. my organic foods store recommended her. they failed to mention she was homeopath which i would not have known the difference anyway. said she was the only ND around. i was really hoping for someone to work with. what are these places set up for if they send you to people like that. i mean in all due respect lady i'm sure you have worked hard for your position but i REALLY need some help. makes me wonder where my poop is going right now. i hate having to live on this side of the fence.

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I was diagnosed clinically with Lyme today.

None of the bands on the Western Blot came back positive, but I got a (very strong) positive for Ehrilichiosis. So based on that, my history, and my symptoms I'm starting treatment!

Birdy

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