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What does that mean? I have been looking around on these boards for a while now, and have gotten more info here than from 3 dif docs! I have had symptoms for about 8 months now. It started with numb, cold tingling in my arms and legs and extreme fatigue. Then I got my energy back, but numbness turned to pain. Pain in my legs, and arms and my back. I was told it could be MS, Fibro, or gas! The second doc refused to test for lyme after I asked her to. I had no rash, no fever, but read that symptoms are very similar. All of my blood work came back normal. They did very general labs. My third doc tested for Lyme, and the results came back Lyme screening positive, Western Blot negative. My liver is normal, and my thyroid is normal. She is referring me to a rheumatologist. Now I have severe back pain, and a pressure in my head that comes and goes. I feel my heart rate jump from time to time, and the backs of my knees kill. If anyone has any info or advice, I would greatly appreciate it. I am tired of being sick and getting no answers.Thank you for your time. :)
Thanks for the reply and the welcome. I do have my lab results, but I don't know how to read them. I will try to list them here...maybe you would know what they mean.

Lyme Screen SE Positive *f

(Then under Positive it reads)
Antibodies to B. burgdorferi detected. Sent to a refernce lab for Western Blot confirmation. Results to follow.

Lyme IGM Inter Negative f
IgM Western blots which have 2 or more of the 3 significant bands are considered positive for specific antibody to B. burgdorferi.

There is more, but too much to list unless I know specifically what you need to know.

My doc said the antibody could mean something else like lupus, and that she feels 100% sure I do not have Lyme, but I am not sure.
I live in south Jersey.

Any info is appreciated! Thanks.

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