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What would cause a positive Lyme titer but negative western blot?

What would cause a positive Lyme titer but negative western blot?

see details: The lyme titer is nonspecific and can be positive by itself if the presence of other autoimmune diseases, viral infections or a history of lyme in the distant past. I negative western blot rules out active lyme disease. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme is 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 diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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Does the anti-nuclear ab titer and pattern check for Lyme disease?

Does the anti-nuclear ab titer and pattern check for Lyme disease?

No: Anti-nuclear antibody tests check for autoimmune diseases such as lupus. Some people with longstanding lyme do develop auto-immune disease and might have anti-nuclear antibodies, but most people with lyme do not have anti-nuclear antibodies. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking minocycline affect my Lyme titers?

Expert opinion please: could taking minocycline affect my Lyme titers?

Yes: Minocycline is one of several antibiotics used to treat lyme. Falling lyme titers and increasing cd57 levels are a good sign. ...Read more

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Diagnosis help: for 6 wks I had sore, dull ache in my neck and along my spine. Also I have numbness and pain on sole of left ft. Lyme titers were neg.

Diagnosis help: for 6 wks I had sore, dull ache in my neck and along my spine. Also I have numbness and pain on sole of left ft. Lyme titers were neg.

Need evaluation: You need to see your physician to clarify the involvement. I doubt Lyme but think more of a type of neurological involvement ...Read more

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Numbness/ pain in sole of left foot along with soreness along back of neck and spine for 6 wks. Stool has also been very loose. Lyme titers were neg.

Numbness/ pain in sole of left foot along with soreness along back of neck and spine for 6 wks. Stool has also been very loose. Lyme titers were neg.

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. We need age, country or state, and gender. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you, too! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lyme's diease?

What are the symptoms of lyme's diease?

Many and varied: Lyme disease can cause virtually any symptom in the world. Early lyme tends to cause non-specific flu-like symptoms & a rash. Then it tends to cause joint pains (esp. Knee pain) & fatigue. It often causes problems with memory & concentration & a variety of neurological symptoms. As it progresses it may be misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis etc. ...Read more

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