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Doctor insights on: Lyme Antibody Spinal Tap Test

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

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


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What is a Lyme disease antibody reflex to wb test?

What is a Lyme disease antibody reflex to wb test?

see details: It is a test for lyme disease. A positive screen alone is not diagnostic. It needs to be confirmed by the western blot test which actually tests for specific antibodies related to the lyme organism. ...Read more

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How accurate is a blood test for Lyme antibodies in diagnosing whether a patient actually has Lyme disease?

How accurate is a blood test for Lyme antibodies in diagnosing whether a patient actually has Lyme disease?

What to ask: In general, accredited labs must validate the performance characteristics for tests they offer. That can be hard for a dx like Lyme where there are few definite criteria and many vague symptoms. Antibody testing is very sensitive, but antibodies themselves cross-react. The most sensitive and specific tests aim to detect DNA specific to the organism. Ask the lab for the performance profile of test. ...Read more

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Dr said he suspects I've had Lyme disease untreated for 5 years. He will test soon, if positive, what's the treatment? Antibiotics?

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

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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?

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

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I got bitten by a tick and now I am on an antibiotic. How will i know that i did not get Lyme disease. Is therea test?

I got bitten by a tick and now I am on an antibiotic. How will i know that i did not get Lyme disease. Is therea test?

Lyme disease: Check out http://www.Cdc.Gov/lyme/ & http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/lyme-disease/ds00116 for info on lyme disease. Yes, there is lab testing available but we don't usually recommend it unless we're highly suspicious. You'll need to wait a few weeks to allow your body to develop antibodies against the bacteria in order for tests to turn positive. ...Read more

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I got bitten by a tick and I am o an antibiotic now. Is there a test that would tell me that i did not get Lyme disease?

I got bitten by a tick and I am o an antibiotic now. Is there a test  that would tell me that i did not get Lyme disease?

See details: Once you start antibiotic therapy you are essentially being treated to prevent lyme disease from developing. This also will usually prevent you from developing a positive lyme test. Do not worry. ...Read more

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I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

See doctor: While breast pain can be associated with the time period before one's period starts due to effects of progesterone on the breast tissue, it sounds like your pain is excessive and difficult to live with. You likely aren't pregnant given 3 negative tests. I would see a doctor to get a full breast exam to make sure there is nothing concerning. Doctor may order an ultrasound to examine the breast. ...Read more

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I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

I have huge breastpain. Period late for 6 days. Why? I took 3 pregnancy tests, all negative. I use 200mg antibiotics for 17 days now (lyme disease).

Need reliable test: If you were using over the counter pregnancy tests, it is time to get a more reliable definitive pregnancy test ordered by your doctor and performed by a formal lab ...Read more

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Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

Sick for 6 weeks. On my 3rd antibiotic. Lyme, mono, flu, pneumonia all ruled out. Today's tests - sed rate 38 and C-reactive protein 1.7. Now what?

?: Need to compare to previous readings, looks like those numbers are coming down, regardless, please keep the follow up with your treating physicians, hopefully you will get well soon, what counts more is how you look like clinically, as we treat patients not lab results, wish you wellness ...Read more

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If I am on antibiotic and an acne gel, can that affect or cause false results on a toxoplasma IgG test or a Lyme IgG test?

If I am on antibiotic and an acne gel, can that affect or cause false results on a toxoplasma IgG test or a Lyme IgG test?

No, meds won't do it: Ninety percent of us have been exposed to Toxoplasma, so it's no surprise your IgG test for that is positive. No worries there. With Lyme IgGs it depends on 'what bands' may or may not be positive. You would need at least 5 bands on the IgG test to be considered a positive, but then that needs to be interpreted in the right clinical context. Ur meds aren't at fault. Good to check back with ur doc. ...Read more

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Had two spinal taps cont2.. Csf was Lyme negative... Symptoms still persist 2+ years. Brain MRI white matter foci.. Blood test results now normalizing?

Work with your neuro: Specialist, so you can remain in remission. Also, with your integrative medicine doctor to help you out with lifestyle management, nutritional supplements, and ways to help with energy level support as the white matter foci are areas of concern for all. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get an RNA blood result back for Lyme antibody?

within week: The test can be performed rapidly, with results within a day of the lab receiving it. Reporting is another matter. ...Read more

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When are lyme igg antibodies most present in the body.if I was exposed around 7 months ago would the igg western blot be positive?

When are lyme igg antibodies most present in the body.if I was exposed around 7 months ago would the igg western blot be positive?

IgG: Upon appropriate stimulation, body begins to produce new specific IgG within about 2 weeks. A maximal response can be expected within 4 weeks. Can occur more quickly depending on dose of challenge/infection. ...Read more

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Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Is it true that anti-inflammatories suppress antibodies for autoimmune diseases or Lyme disease?

Not usually : The most common anti-inflammatories are nsaids and these are not considered immunosuppressive's. Corticosteroids may have somewhat of an immunosuppressive effect. And biologics which are used for autoimmune disease but not lyme disease can be immunosuppressive ad well as anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your body develops antibodies to Lyme disease And blood work shows my body fighting infection ??

What does it mean if your body develops antibodies to Lyme disease And blood work shows my body fighting infection ??

Still infected: If your body is still fighting the infection, you will require further treatment even though you have developed some protective antibody to the organism. Think of it as ISIS. Certainly there is resistance to its invasion but the resistance has not killed it yet. ...Read more

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Lyme antibody positive and western blot negative. Where can I find a complete list of other id's associated with a positive igm/igm antibody screen?!

Probably have Lyme!: I don't know where to find such a list as I am not sure the causes of a false positive are known, but, esp. If the western blot did not include the 34 ; 39 bands i would not rely upon it; please do the igenex western blot, which is much more sensitive ; specific for lyme. Even if that is negative 20-30% with lyme can have a negative WB test. Other tests may be indicated. See http://bit.Ly/1aaqjgc. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


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