I am an adult male in the New Haven, CT area looking for an LLMD.
I was tested for lyme disease last month, Western Blot was performed and I tested reactive for 3 bands (30, 41, and 58). IGN and IGG were performed but I do not have those results. Sorry if I can not be more specific. This was done at a Quest Diagnostics center. My doctor said the tests were "equivocal" but I am well aware of the margin of error for lyme disease tests.
I was put on a 3 week course of doxycycline but experienced no results.
I have had symptoms for 6 months now.
My symptoms are muscle twitches, headaches, joint pain/stiffness, numbness and tingling, palpitations, muscle loss, muscle aches and cramps, enlarged veins, TMJ and lightheadedness.
No other diagnosis has been made.
I am looking for a more standard medical approach over a holistic one, and also a doctor that is thorough in testing and analysis. Preferably a rheumatologist or neurologist. If that doctor accepts insurance that would also be good.
• Also, we'll need the following info in your request post:
in your llmd request, please EDIT and add more info ok.
Are you UNDER AGE 21;; if yes, I need your age shown as some of our llmds have AGE RESTRICTIONS; thanks!
how long you've been sick
if you've tested for lyme/co-infections;
which labs doing work for which specific test, etc.
did you have western blot igm/igg done by igenex?
if yes, what were the POSITIVE & INDETERMINDED numbers; NOT negatives.
thanks for understanding; just EDIT your post. you can find all by going to left MY DISCUSSIONS, click on it.
after you add more, a LEADER will send you names ok.
I RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER 6 LONG YRS. OF DOING THIS!
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Bettyg, Iowa activist FOREVER
YES, be prepared to PAY UPFRONT!
i've heard of some requiring down payments; i wasn't aware of that one at all!!
very FEW accept insurance; why?
insurance co. allow 7 min. per patient; we can hardly say hello in that time!
you also have to follow INSURANCE'S GUIDELINES ON TREATMENTS, IDSA/infectious disease drs. socieity guidelines... BAD NEWS FOR US!
by NOT accepting insurance, they can practice ILADS/intl. lyme and associated disease lyme guidelines ... treating you longer than 4 wks. of antibiotics, herbals, and alternative therapeis.
they allow 30-60 min. appt; longer 1st time; you pay accordinatelly for those appts.
ACCEPTING INSURANCE; they get very little $$ to pay the staff/overhead of building/utilities, etc.
many call patients day before to make sure they will be there; MANY DO NOT SHOW UP NOR HAVE THE DECENCY TO CALL SAYING THEY ARE NOT COMING!!
they could get those close by to come in but NOT being called; they are OUT THE MONEY and having one hell of a time meeting the bills.
our LLMDS are NOT RICH by any mean]]]]
i hope this answers your questions so you understand what THEY are going thru too.
bettyg, Iowa activist forever
RETIRED llmd coordinator for 6 yrs working directly with these drs/former group leader
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