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confused! 2 doctors, different lab results???

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by Goimurph, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Goimurph

    Goimurph

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    As if I couldn't get more confused.

    I saw two different doctors for consults. Dr. Elson at Northampton Wellness, and Dr. Enlander.
    They both ran numerous labs. They both had completely different reports back with labs.

    Dr. Elson reported that I did not have any of the viruses commonly associated with CFS, and he did not see me as fitting into that category. Thought my immune system looked great.

    Dr.Enlander came back with a high parvovirus, elevated hhv6, cocksackie borderline high, epstien barr high. Said, yes, immune system disfunction, cfs

    What do I do now?? Has anyone ever had this happen?
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  2. Andrew

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    Different doctors and/or different tests and/or different ways of interpreting tests. For example, if a doctor gives me a lymphocyte test, I'm normal. But if they test the subsets of lymphocytes it shows that I'm below normal in specific lymphocytes. Now, with the subset tests, some doctors will say that's not normal (because it is not). Others will says "nothing wrong" because there is no illness they learned in medical school that fits that pattern..
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  3. Beyond

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    Probably the doctor that says you are in fact sick is the one that is right, bearing in mind how you feel. Andrew is right, it is very common for docs to dismiss us saying we are perfectly healthy (which makes us cannon fodder for psychobabble) because they are too ignorant to run the correct tests or interpret correctly the appropiate ones.
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  4. Goimurph

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    yes, I agree with that because I have been dealing with dr.'s like this for some time now. But I have two dr.s, who deal with CFS patients, and they are running blood tests on the same viruses.

    How can a lab show there is no virus present one day, and then show it 6 times the normal range on another day?
    A doctor can make diagnosis on many different things, and labs aren't always the best markers, in judging if you are sick or not.

    But how can they say one thing one day and another thing another day?
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    I'd demand copies of the results from both labs, and then you can see exactly what is tested and compare them. One might only be testing for new/acute infection, or ignoring elevated results for a chronic or past infection. Different manners of testing for the same infection could also yield different results.

    I'd also trust an ME/CFS specialist more than a clinic which handles a wide and disparate variety of issues, and only refers to "chronic fatigue" and not ME or CFS.
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  6. Goimurph

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    yes, I have the copy of the first set of labs and the copy from the other set coming in the mail to me. THank you
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    My gut response would be to trust Dr. Enlander. He is a specialist in this illness.

    Would you be willing to share here what exactly the first set of labs was testing for, and what the results were? Those are the ones that came back negative, correct? Were your IgG levels in the normal range? If the tests they did really are identical, you might want them retested a third time to confirm one way or the other. Some labs are more credible than others.
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  8. Goimurph

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    yes, I would absolutely share. As soon as I get the second set I will be able to see them side by side and I will post them
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