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    Old 03-05-2014, 04:16 PM   #1
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    Interpreting Recent Lyme Test Results

    2 months ago I started having symptoms which came on suddenly: dizziness, terrible fatigue, muscle achiness, trouble concentrating and thinking, strange head spasms, neck, hip and upper back pain. I have never experienced anything like this before -- thought I was coming down with the flu - but no fever - and it did not dissipate.

    I went to neurologist and Internist and nothing showed up in any routine blood tests, so I was at a loss as to where to turn. I made an appt. with a physiatrist for pain management and he ordered some different blood tests -- including a Lyme Screen. (I never saw any rash) The ELISA screen came back positive so they did the Western Blot. Here is where it gets confusing. The interpretation of the Western Blot is that I am negative for IGm but positive for IGg antibodies. The doctors say this indicates that I do not have a "current" or "active" infection -- but that I had a previous infection at some point.

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    [*]Can Lymes disease clear up on its own without antibiotics?
    [*]I did some research on what IGg antibodies are. Couldn't a previous untreated infection still cause symptoms weeks/months later? OR -
    [*] Is is possible that I was infected recently (not years ago) - but it was several weeks before any symptoms showed up?
    [*]Does IGm have to be positive before they can diagnose Lyme Disease?
    [*]Does the presence of IGg antibodies indicate that that you "had" an infection or that your infection is not recent, but still present, since the IGg antibodies are what are produced by the body later on in an infection?

    The IM doctor thinks my symptoms are not related to LD and this is just coincidental. He put me on 2 weeks of Doxycycline anyway - probably just to ease my mind. It doesn't make sense to me - if I don't have an active infection the AB will do nothing. If I do have an active infection - I have read that 2 weeks is not enough.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

     
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    Old 03-06-2014, 02:36 AM   #2
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    Re: Interpreting Recent Lyme Test Results

    It's. It gonna go away in its own you need to find a llmd who will treat you. You have the symptoms and a ops blood result which a lot of ppl don't get. IGG or not. Just means you've had it long enough for igg to show up, in my opinion. Cas the blood tests are nowhere near 100% accurate with a lot of false negatives from what I hear. Lbs what bands were pos might give a clue n two weeks is not enough

     
    Old 03-06-2014, 02:56 AM   #3
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    Re: Interpreting Recent Lyme Test Results

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    I never saw any rash) The ELISA screen came back positive so they did the Western Blot. Here is where it gets confusing. The interpretation of the Western Blot is that I am negative for IGm but positive for IGg antibodies. The doctors say this indicates that I do not have a "current" or "active" infection -- but that I had a previous infection at some point.

    Many people do not get the rash. Your test is positive for lyme. Your clinical symptoms confirm. The doctor you are seeing is not qualified to treat or advise about lyme disease. You need to see an LLMD (check the sticky "'Lyme Information" at the top of the page"

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    [*]Can Lymes disease clear up on its own without antibiotics?

    LD is a serious disease. You need serious treatment. The longer you wait the more serious your symptoms will become. You can do antibiotics or alternative treatment, but you have to do one of them . . . or both.

    [*]I did some research on what IGg antibodies are. Couldn't a previous untreated infection still cause symptoms weeks/months later? OR -
    [*] Is is possible that I was infected recently (not years ago) - but it was several weeks before any symptoms showed up?

    Don't get hung up on the test. You have LD. You need to begin treatment ASAP
    [*]Does IGm have to be positive before they can diagnose Lyme Disease?

    No. Again, lyme is diagnosed primarily by clinical symptoms. Your present doc is giving you incorrect information.

    The IM doctor thinks my symptoms are not related to LD and this is just coincidental. He put me on 2 weeks of Doxycycline anyway - probably just to ease my mind. It doesn't make sense to me - if I don't have an active infection the AB will do nothing. If I do have an active infection - I have read that 2 weeks is not enough.

    Your doctor is misinformed and you're right, 2 weeks of doxy is definitely not enough. Find an LLMD and get the proper treatment.
    I hope you find the help you need. Also, look for a support group in your area and, of course, you can continue to bring questions here.

    Best,

    Tess

     
    Old 03-06-2014, 06:37 AM   #4
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    Re: Interpreting Recent Lyme Test Results

    thank you so much for your reply. I have been hesitant to embrace the diagnosis "Lyme disease" mostly because of the ambiguity with the test results and their interpretation by the available medical professionals. I will press on and try to find a LLMD.

     
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