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Old 11-24-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Is this the right blood test?

I was possibly infected with Lyme disease about one year ago. I just got a blood test. The test they used was Lyme IgG/IgM Ab which came back <0.91
Lyme Ab Interp., EIA negative
Lyme Disease Ab, Quant, IgM <0.91
Lyme Ab IgM Interp., EIA negative

So my doc said no Lyme disease, but was this the best test and if not what other test should be done. I've read a lot about how the Lyme test is flawed and the diagnosis is frequently missed.

 
Old 11-24-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: Is this the right blood test?

Do you know what bands of igg and igm you tested positive for?

 
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:51 PM   #3
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Re: Is this the right blood test?

That was the only blood test i did for Lyme which indicated negative. Not sure what bands they tested.

 
Old 11-25-2008, 07:02 PM   #4
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Re: Is this the right blood test?

Quote:
Originally Posted by lanky0581 View Post
I was possibly infected with Lyme disease about one year ago. I just got a blood test. The test they used was Lyme IgG/IgM Ab which came back <0.91
Lyme Ab Interp., EIA negative
Lyme Disease Ab, Quant, IgM <0.91
Lyme Ab IgM Interp., EIA negative

So my doc said no Lyme disease, but was this the best test and if not what other test should be done. I've read a lot about how the Lyme test is flawed and the diagnosis is frequently missed.

The Lyme IgG/IgM Ab is the standard ELISA test, IIRC, and this is a very poor test with a high rate of false negatives if you're are infected with a strain of borrellia which is different from the strain used to create the test. A recent paper authored by Dr G. Wormser noted that this test's accuracy could fall as low as 39&#37; when used on people with subtypes of Lyme Disease. A much better test is the C6 Peptide ELISA and/or the Igenex IGG/IGM Western Blots. However even the C6 test was only 69.5% accurate according to Dr Wormser.

If you cannot afford further testing, ask your Dr to put you on minocycline or doxycycline for a month to see what happens. If you feel worse after a few days and better after a few weeks, it probably is Lyme Disease. Dr Donta, a noted IDS, recommends open ended treatment with tetracycline, until the symptoms abate. This antibiotic is very inexpensive. Dr Donta has published his treatment recommendations, and you can find them online.

Last edited by duncan1; 11-25-2008 at 07:05 PM. Reason: more info, spelling

 
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