My parents took me to someone who did this. He seemed alright. He used it to identify some gut bacteria which were in my blood, and after taking some medication, they did seem to disappear. No difference to my fatigue though. Apparently it's difficult to do well and it's easy to get misdiagnosed with L B A.
I've had one. It was interesting and did point to a few things--like need for digestive enzymes. It can also show the size of red blood cells and how they are spaced and this is significant for CFS. I'd say it's worth it if you have a doc who can interpret it and follow up on it. It supposed to reveal a lot of things I just can't remember them now!:tongue:
I'm planning on having this done in a few weeks so will let you know how it turns out. I had it done once years ago right in the beginning of my energy crash. The practitioner had a devil of a time finding a white blood cell (my WBC count is either subnormal or very low normal on regualr CBC tests) and noted other things which were suggestive of my condition, but I forget the details of that earlier test now. The person who will be doing my test in February is supposedly very experienced and good. But I am wondering if I ought to be bothering with this (price, recommendations for pricey supplements, etc.) Maybe I would be better off just waiting until there is an accepted test for XMRV and go that route.
I've been chronically burned out over the years with all the testing and treatments, most of which doesn't even help and none of which is curative. My inspiration is very low.
I had one in London that showed my lymphocytes were old with poor motility, my red blood cells were poorly oxygenated and I had Olympic champion levels of inflamation.
It also showed very, very low levels of parasite likely Blastocystis hominis, no yeast and no other parasites, and no signs of food particles. the last was interpreted that I was unlikely to have a leaky gut, the low parasites and yeast might imply these were not a problem, my view is that whilst they low in blood it doesn't mean they are low elsewhere, e.g. brain, cerebral spinal fluid,organs, tissues etc.
Probably more but I don't recall what.
So for me interesting but didn't translate into treatment/treatment alteration that was do-able for me.
I had this done years ago, when I was trying to get a diagnosis. There were abnormalities, but I can't remember what they were.