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False Positive Lyme Disease Test
I got a Lyme disease test done.& IgG 66 came positive out of the other 10 bands. What does this mean? Do I have Lyme or had it? Should i worry? Thanks
Not enough info: This test is not evidence of lyme but also not proof you don't have it! ultimately lyme is a clinical diagnosis. 20-30% of those who have it never have a positive western blot. It's really important that the test include the 31 & 34 bands & most labs don't check it- igenex is the best lab for a thorough test. See a doc who uses igenex as that is someone able to make a proper diagnosis.See comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A condition caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu-like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
What to do if i did a Lyme disease test and it showed IgG p58 ab. Positive a can you explain what that means?
Nothing by itself: A single positive IgG band means nothing. Was the screen positive? How many other IgG and IgM bands were positive? You should discuss all of this with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more
If I had positive serum western blot Lyme Disease test, but my Spinal Fluid didn't turn up positive for any Antibodies, does that mean I don't have Lyme in my nervous system?
Trying to piece together what caused my neurological complications, whether th
Is it possible for a negative Lyme disease test to be wrong? I read online it's correct maybe 60% of the time....
About lab tests...: If a person does a lab test that is correct 60% of the time, that may mean the test result is incorrect 40% of the time. If a patient's symptoms and history are suggestive of Lyme disease, a Lyme disease positive test result will be more likely to be a true positive. If symptoms and history are NOT suggestive of Lyme disease, a positive test result has higher chances of being a false positive. ...Read more
What is the best Lyme disease test? I've had the basic blood test done, came back negative, but is there a more thorough test to rule it out?
Thorough WesternBlot: The screen many doctors use, the elisa, only detects about half of those with lyme. A much more sensitive and specific test is the western blot, but i strongly advise doing this through ignenex in palo alto, a specialty lab, as the test offered by most other labs does not include tests for antibodies to the 31 & 34 kda antigens, which are the most specific antigens for lyme! please see my comment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I have a negative lyme disease test, but antibiotics appear to be addressing my symptoms, is there any way to tell what caused the symptoms?
Not a clue: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You provide no info beyond a negative test result.No history, no exam findings,no initial problem. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete,We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. ...Read more
Yes!: No lab test is perfect, including the westen blot for lyme. There is an approximately 4% chance of a positive being a "false positive" test. There is also an approximately 20% chance of false negatives, someone with lyme not having a positive western blot. This is why lyme is ultimately a clinical diagnosis, with labs used to support a diagnosis. Other tests may also be useful. Please see comment:. ...Read more
How can someone test positive for two Lyme-specific bands on western blot and NOT have been exposed to Lyme disease? What is magic about 5 bands?
Immune complexities: Lyme disease is caused by a certain type of bacteria called a 'spirochete'- they are a whole class actually of bacteria and believe it or not can be found commonly in the mouth or elsewhere in the environment. You have to reach a certain 'threshold' with Lyme testing because there could be some cross-reactivity coming from these other types of bacteria. The immune system is extraordinarily complex ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Then it's not Lyme: Lyme disease can be tricky -and you want to make sure you see someone like an Infectious Diseases doctor who knows how to treat it. The diagnosis is actually based on clinical findings, and the lab testing is generally 'supportive'. Since you're Western blot is negative, then it's very unlikely you have Lyme. There are other diseases that could cause 'Lyme-like' symptoms -and good to get evaluated ...Read more
Dr said he suspects I've had Lyme disease untreated for 5 years. He will test soon, if positive, what's the treatment? Antibiotics?
Lyme disease: 3 points. Lyme does not show up with serological testing in most cases. Lyme passes 100% of the time between significant others, so have your partner checked and treated. There are 4 components to treating Lyme. Doxy Monohydrate for the Spirochete. Identify and treat accompanying parasites with Systemic Formulas' VRM herbal products. Identify and treat co-infections. Treat biotoxins c cholorell ...Read more
I have a preliminary positive test for Lyme Disease (more tests needed). I've seen conflicting information as to whether it can be transmitted sexually and would like an expert to weigh in. Thanks!
I recently had a blood test, it showed a potential false pos of hep b, but is there a link between Lyme disease and hepatitis?
In my lyme disease panel the Elisa was positive, the western blot was negative. My doctor said Elisa false positives are common. Is this true and why?
Still waiting for Lyme disease blood test results. If it is positive will i need antibiotics from an IV since I am having neurological symptoms?
Can blood test be false negative for Lyme disease? Bulls eye bite on 8/16/13 but symptoms much worse since anesthesia from g.B. Removal on 10/11/13
YES!!!: A bulls-eye rash is pathognomonic of lyme, meaning it alone generally proves you got it. Blood tests are notoriously unreliable for lyme-only half with lyme have a positive eia & the confirmatory western blot has many false negatives, esp. If not done by igenex, the only lab with a reliable test!ultimately lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis.Treatment requires a comprehensive approach.See comment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do they test for Lyme disease? I have sjogrens and fibro and positive ana.Lyme disease sounds a lot like this.I have nuro logical problems too.
Can blood test be false negative for Lyme disease?Had bulls eye bite around 8/16/13 but symptoms much worse after surgery (had anesthesia) on 10/11/3
ELISA/West blot.: The 2 main best tests, early or late, are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening for an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer