By Alane Stieglitz-Wincek, ND, CNC, Atlanta, Ga
Comprehensive Lyme Disease Testing With Co Infections is Very Important!
If you suspect that you got a tick bite and want to have a Lyme Disease testing, my experience has been that it should include all the Lyme infections. The best way to share how to test for Lyme is to take you through my journey.
In the 1980s, little was known about Lyme Disease, and testing for Lyme Disease was not easy to do. After five long years of searching for answers to my symptoms, I had my first positive test result for Lyme. It was from an antibody test run by a doctor in Denville, NJ. He listened to me describe my symptoms and said he thought he knew what was causing them during my first office visit.
I will never forget that life-changing, prayers answered, fantastic phone call. The doctor called me on July 4th to tell me the Lyme Disease testing was positive. The test detected antibodies for Lyme, which meant that a tick bite caused my symptoms. I thought back over the last five years and remembered precisely when I got bit and remembered the bull’s eye rash on my right leg.
I felt so thrilled and relieved to know what was wrong finally. Unfortunately, the next step was a little confusing. I went to an infectious disease doctor in NJ, and he ran a Western Blot test. The laboratory testing results showed four positive bands, and he said I needed five for a precise diagnosis, but he would treat it anyway. It took me a while to understand that I needed five IGG bands or two bands of IgM antibodies for what is considered a CDC positive result. But he knew I had Lyme, and I am grateful for him taking me seriously.
After years of research and trying to get better through natural methods plus some antibiotics, I decided I wanted to help others with Lyme and Lyme disease testing. I earned my certification degree in holistic nutrition and naturopathy and started a practice to help others who were ill gain their lives back. I learned a lot about Lyme Disease testing from ILADS training every year. They explained an antibody test, a Western blot, and testing for co-infections.
We use in-network labs for regular Lyme disease testing, including a Western Blot. But since our clinic does not want to miss anything, we also do comprehensive Lyme and co-infection testing. If a test is positive, we utilize natural remedies and dietary supports, and we refer you to our MD on staff to see if medication is needed.
I can personally say that after having Lyme for many years, it wasn’t until I did complete Lyme Disease testing with co-infections that I was able to know precisely which infections were causing my symptoms and how to get better.
If you are dealing with Lyme symptoms and want Lyme disease testing, please make an appointment in our Atlanta, Ga office or virtually, so I can get you the answers you need to feel better and accomplish more in this beautiful life!
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Medical Disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.