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what is difference between IgM and IgG for western blot for lyme. positive for IgM but not IgG, what does that mean? tks

what is difference between IgM and IgG for western blot for lyme. positive for IgM but not IgG, what does that mean? tks

Recent infection: Hi. IgM is present only with recent infection. After IgM levels fall away, IgG takes over for ongoing and recurrent exposure to antigen. (The antibodies in this picture are IgG's). I'm glad your doc was on the ball. She/he may have saved you a world of hurt by making the diagnosis promptly. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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I see varying opinions online and the first time I asked it was answered backwards. What are the chances of a Lyme test false negative?

I see varying opinions online and the first time I asked it was answered backwards. What are the chances of a Lyme test false negative?

There's a reason: The reason there are a variety of answers is because the chances of getting a false negative result DEPENDS on each situation. It depends on why the test was done, on how likely it is for a patient to currently have Lyme disease, and several other patient factors. For example, if a test is done on a patient who "does not" have Lyme disease, a negative result would have a 0% chance of being false. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Could i test negative for Lyme disease but actually had it?

Could i test negative for Lyme disease but actually had it?

Only: If you recently been bitten by the tick, or where profoundly immunosuppressed. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with Lyme disease 10 yrs later?

Maybe nothing: I am not a big believer in chronic lyme disease as studies have shown that the vast majority of these cases have something else. I would urge consultation with an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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My son had bites on him one big one had light ring around it tested 4 Lyme negative but another bite has ring now too. Last one only lasted 2 days ?

Get checked: get checked by a Lyme literate doctor. Energy resonance testing will give your son an accurate and immediate diagnosis. Not every bite is Lyme, but there is an epidemic of Lyme according to the CDC. Experts like Klinghardt ad Edlow do not recommend the use of blood testing. for Lyme disease identification. ...Read more