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Old 11-29-2007, 02:21 PM   #1
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Dr. suspects lyme, no symptoms?

My dr recently did several blood tests, mostly because of recurrent miscarriages. He said I failed the initial screening test for lyme (stricker CD57+ panel). Here are my results:
% CD8-/CD57+ Lymphs 5 (2-17 ref interval)
Abs.CD8-CD57+ Lymphs 100 (60-360 ref interval)
My question is, can I have lyme disease and have no symptoms? I have been battling a chronic sinus infection on/off for a few months and am at my lowest weight (115 lbs), however I'm not sure how I could have lyme disease since I don't recall any tick bites in the last few years at least. I also came up positive for MTHFR (compound heterozygous w/ C677T and A1298C) and had elevated anticardiolipin IgM (11).
Any help would be much appreciated. I don't want to worry myself too much but this is definitely disconcerting. I go back in for additional testing in a few weeks.

 
Old 11-29-2007, 06:33 PM   #2
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Re: Dr. suspects lyme, no symptoms?

Hi febu2, welcome to the board!

I am very sorry about your miscarriages.

Many people are bitten by ticks without knowing it. They are tiny, they inject a numbing agent so you cannot feel them on you, and they often go in hard to see places.

I am not familiar with these tests, hopefully someone else is. Different labs have different ranges for the CD-57. You may want to get a Western Blot test done by IgeneX Lab in Palo Alto, CA. This test lists a series of numerical bands with a + - or IND after each one. IgeneX usese more sensitive testing and lists more bands on the Western Blot. Some bands are specific for Lyme disease.

Besides Lyme disease, ticks can also transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, two types of Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected. It is important to be tested for these by a Lyme reputable lab.

Have you had your thyroid checked? I believe thyroid disorders can cause miscarriages. I suggest having the Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. They are not usually done but are necessary for a comprehensive view.

Do not give up, you will find out what is wrong. Hang in there okay?

 
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