The Right Lyme Disease Test

by | Jun 6, 2011 | Body, Lyme Disease | 2 comments

Getting the right test for Lyme Disease can be a lot harder than it should be, partly because most physicians are not Lyme Literate.  The right test is the Western Blot, tested at Igenex.  This hard-won information comes from the numerous people I know who have struggled with Lyme Disease.  Many of them only learned about this test after years of being misdiagnosed and told they were crazy.  During that time, the disease was eating away at their bodies and brains, ruining their lives and bringing them to the brink of death.  So, please take heed and get the Western Blot right from the beginning.  Also, if your doctor does not respond quickly to your request for help, move on to a doctor who is known to help people with Lyme.

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Blessings, and let us know how things are going.

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2 Comments

  1. Nick Bearce

    Heather, is Lyme desease prevalent in Northern New England right now? If so what are the hot spots? Thanks for the write up and keeping us informed!
    Nick

    • Heather Cate

      It absolutely is, Nick. Good question. Lyme Disease has been endemic in parts of Massachusetts for over 20 years, and is quickly becoming so in New Hampshire and Maine.

      Unfortunately, most of the doctors in Maine are not “Lyme Literate.” The latest spread maps show the primary spread up along the coast, but that also happens to be where most people in Maine live.

      Since *many* doctors refuse to even test for Lyme, and then often use sub-standard tests which are highly inaccurate, reported cases are lower than they should be.

      Insurance companies and hospitals are claiming that Lyme is not a chronic disease and are punishing doctors who treat people for Lyme, which is another reason reporting of cases is low. Some doctors are treating Lyme, but “under the table” so to speak, saying a patient has another need for long-term antibiotics so that the insurance company will cover treatment and medication.

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