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Old 01-25-2012, 01:39 AM   #1
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Lyme Blood Test, what does it mean?

Hi, I'm new posting on this board!

I've had two Lyme blood tests, both with IgM positive and IgG negative taken December and January, a month apart. The doctors were vague about them, and the other said it may be early Borrelia infection; the other said it means I've had "contact" with a tick long time ago but it may have healed. Yet, this past fall I suffered from vertigo, tinnitus and imbalance, and double vision, and in December, a mild Bell's palsy. I've had palpitations on and off. When I think back I've had joint pains which might be due to Lyme (or something else) I have not seen the tick but I live in an area with lots of ticks and spend a lot of time outdoors, haven't been careful in the past, I think a contact with a tick is inevitable.

The symptoms since stopped little by little, and I feel ok now, but these blood tests concern me. I have no medication and in my area doctors don't understand Lyme, I got the tests only because I demanded them. What should I do now and what do you think the test results mean? I'm feeling nervous about them.
Thank you!!

 
Old 01-25-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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Re: Lyme Blood Test, what does it mean?

I'm sorry to say that this is what occurs, and all too frequently, when a doctor other than an LLMD - lyme literate medical doctor - is consulted. You tested positive for lyme and you have clinical symptoms. You need to forgo visits to anyone but a lyme specialist. Hopefully there is one in your area. Any other type doctor does not understand lyme disease! You should have been treated immediately after receiving the results.

Look for lyme support groups in your area or national lyme organizations to obtain the name of an LLMD. You may have to travel, but it would it worth it to get proper care. Also read, at the top of this lyme page, "lyme newbies" and "how to share doctors names" as we cannot mention their names on this board.

Wishing you all the best to get the help you need.

Jen

 
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:03 AM   #3
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Re: Lyme Blood Test, what does it mean?

Hi, Jen
Thank you for the helpful response! I'm trying to locate a lyme literate doctor in my area now, I think I've found one (fingers crossed). I have an appointment in two weeks. I'm glad I found this site, thanks again for the info.

 
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Hi, Jen
Thank you for the helpful response! I'm trying to locate a lyme literate doctor in my area now, I think I've found one (fingers crossed). I have an appointment in two weeks. I'm glad I found this site, thanks again for the info.
NovMoon - its a long road but we're all in this together. sending you my support

 
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