The Lyme Test Access Program (Lyme-TAP) is a nationwide patient assistance program offered by Ferndale Foundation in coordination with the Lyme Patients Assistance Group to provide assistance for initial Lyme-related lab tests to patients who demonstrate true financial need. Please click here for more information.
Difficulty Affording Lyme Testing?
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Do NOT Depend on the Standard Lab Tests for a Diagnosis- Chances Are They Are Wrong!
According to a study from Johns Hopkins, Lyme tests miss approximately 75% of the patients who have Lyme disease. Other sources have determined the percentage of people missed could be as high as 90%. Remember, a negative test does not exclude the diagnosis of Lyme disease!
A false negative Lyme test is a disadvantage in several ways.
1. Your health care professional may not realize you could still have Lyme disease and not treat you as a result.
2. False negative tests can cause a delay in obtaining a proper diagnosis. Not receiving proper treatment in the early stages allows a complex infectious organism to spread throughout your body, making your condition worse and allowing it to advance to later stages. This, in turn, makes Lyme disease more difficult and expensive to treat.
3. You may be improperly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS, MS, Parkinson's, ALS, ADD, depression and other disorders when in fact Lyme disease is the underlying culprit.
4. Having a negative test provides the insurer another reason to deny your medications and any further testing or treatment for Lyme disease.
Johns Hopkins Lyme Test Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1248466/pdf/0742-05.pdf
Over the years more health care professionals have stopped using these standard "insurance approved" tests and are sending blood samples to labs that specialize in tick borne disease testing. If you would like to use a specialty lab to aid in the diagnostic process, you can have a test kit sent to you upon request. For more information please contact:
795 San Antonio Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 1-800-832-3200 Toll free
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