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Lyme Disease Ig M Positive
Old Infection: This most likely means you had an old infection with lyme disease. Our bodies make IgM early in an infection and IgG later. Even once the infection is gone there will be detectable IgG for quite some time. This is part of how our body remembers previous infections so we can fight them off better if we get them again. ...Read more
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
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
How long could the IgG in Lyme disease stay positive? Could it stay positive more than 5-10 years? I know the IgM ab convert to IgG just want an answer
Yes, positive 20+ yrs: Research suggests igg antibodies can persist at least 20 years after infection. While igm antibodies appear first, unlike other infections they often persist ; are a good indicator of persistent infection. One may have chronic lyme with or without persistence of igg antibodies. Chronic lyme is difficult to fully eradicate ; no current test proves that it is no longer present in your body! ...Read more
I tested positive for Lyme disease. I was given the EIA (result 6.1), IgG (10 bands present) and IgM WB (3 bands) Does this mean I've had LD for a whi?
Yes: The presence of IgG usually indicates past infection which might have occurred months or even years ago. The presence of IgM indicates a current or recent infection. ...Read more
Could I have Lyme disease? Not posible its recent. Borrelia Oct 14 IgM = 1.00 (1-1.5 inconclusive), Jan 15 IgM = 1.53 (1.5+pos) IgG = 0.16 (<1.00neg)
Why would my lyme disease western blot test show 4 igg bands as reactive? Could this mean I have the disease? None of the igm bands were reactive.
"p23 ab IgM reactive" "p41 & p39 non-reactive" do I have Lyme disease, or can something else cause this? (diagnosed w/ rheumatoid arthritis 7yrs ago.)
Complex: The diagnosis of lyme disease is usually on a clinical basis. Serologic testing should not be done for screening purposes. False positive results are very frequent in patients with autoimmune diseases, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and particularly when these are IgM antibodies. ...Read more
Lyme disease ab plus reflex to igg, igm-wb blood test done today. How long for results and how accurate are they?
About a week: The regular lyme test is specific but not very sensitive. There can be many reasons for a false positive result. If it is positive on the screening test it is then sent for the more sensitive western blot test. If the igm test is positive it could represent a recent exposure to lyme disease if the igg is positive it indicates a more distant orast exposure. If the igm is positive you should be eval. ...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
Dr called with a "not 100% sure but positive you have Lyme disease" diagnosis from bloodwork. How is this possible?
Difficult diagnosis: I agree that "not 100% sure" and "positive" are in conflict; you'll have to clarify with the doctor. However, diagnosing Lyme disease by blood test can be difficult; the available tests are notoriously unreliable. For these reasons, Lyme is often blamed for nonspecific sypmtoms caused by other things. Before getting into prolonged Rx, request consultation with an infectious disease specialist. ...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 more
Tested positive for 3 IgG bands (41, 58, 66) in March. Tested again in Dec and a 4th reactive band appeared (45). Could I have chronic lyme disease?
Possible: You need to discusswith your physician - this may say you have been exposed but that enough is not able to make a diagnosis of chronic lyme disese. ...Read more
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 more
What makes it unknown if chronic Lyme disease is real or not? I just tested positive for past infection and have gone unbelievably downhill since bite
Need more info: "chronic" lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because isolation of the organism has not been effected and the serologic tests used can be misinterpreted. Many doctors feel that these symptoms are the result of some immune process, but the details have been resistant to definitive diagnosis or understanding. To know what you have you need to see a doctor, preferably id. ...Read more
Tested positive for 2 bands of lyme disease. Can this lead to serious life complications. This could have occured years ago?
Not Lyme disease: These KD bands are common and you do not have enough bands to diagnose to Lyme. O ...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
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!
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?
Yes: The Western blot is a more direct measurement than Elisa. ...Read more
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?
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
May be related to it: It could be related to your inflamation - especially any vascular issues. This will depend on the manfestations that you are having. You can discuss that with your physician. ...Read more
Bite of infected tic: Lime disease is spread by ticks that have acquired the germ in the past and it stays in their system. A tick bite from another of the same species without the LD germ will not do it. The tick must get on your body, settle in for a feeding & feed long enough to pass the germ to you (hours). ...Read more
See below: Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called borrelia burgdorferi, named after the scientist willy burgdorfer who discovered the bacterial pathogen - a spirochete (spiral appearing bacteria). It is transmitted by tick saliva but primarily only after being embedded for at least 48 hours. It causes disease by infecting many types of cells and destroying their function. ...Read more
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