Posted on Apr 12, 2010 in Blog |

A friend wrote me today asking for suggestions for a neurologist and a primary care physician who is a good diagnostician. ‘I’m experiencing some weird physical symptoms myself, and tested negative for Lyme at my internist’s the other day. However, she wants me to see a neurologist for joint pain and persistent neuropathy in my hands and feet.’ I replied, ‘Did the dr run the Western Blot AND the Elisa or just the Elisa? Do you have a copy of your test results? I would love to see them . . . ‘ She replied, ‘She just ran the Elisa only. She said if my symptoms haven’t cleared in 6 months then she’d like to rerun the Elisa. My symptoms aren’t debilitating, but are certainly strange, and I still second-guess myself as to whether this is just part of getting older and less fit or whether something else is at work.’ I get similar emails about once a week and each one makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs. Please tell me, please have one physician logically and reasonably explain to me why they would choose to allow a patient to deteriorate for six more months without choosing to run an accurate Lyme test, if for no other reason than to rule it out?? Someone find me a physician who will answer my question without arrogance, attitude, or ignorance. Please. I cannot say this enough. I cannot say it loudly enough. Read the symptoms at the end of this. If you have any of these symptoms, please go to a physician and DEMAND the following: I am having the following symptoms (list them). While I know they could be related to a myriad of conditions, I specifically want to rule out Lyme disease with the following specific test: I want you to run the Elisa test. And on the blood order, I want you to order that the Western Blot be run regardless of the results of the Elisa. And on the Western Blot, I want ALL of the following DNA bands tested: 12, 18, 20, 21, 22, **2325, 28, 30, **31, **34, 35, 37,...

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