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Hello JP76, Welcome to the board. You will get some relief chatting with others in the same boat as yourself. To answer your post Lyme effects every individual in different ways. Depending on how long the person has had Lyme, or if the Lyme has penetrated the neurological/brain barrier. The neurological symptoms usually happen in advanced cases or chronic Lyme like myself. I was recently diagnosed this past June. I have been sick from what I can remember since January 06. I currently have a picc line in my arm so I'm able to do home infusion with antibiotics. This is because the Lyme is causing me neurological problems and oral antibiotics won't help fight the bacteria. In your case I noticed that you had a Western Blot (IgM) test. I am curious who did the testing? You can't go wrong with IgeneX they are one of the best labs testing for Lyme. On the Western Blot test, the tests are done in two separate studies. These are the Western Blot (IgM), and Western Blot (IgG). The difference being is that the (IgM) as in your case, is a test for short term infections. Usually 6 weeks or under the body starts to produce antibodies. The (IgG) tests for long standing infections. IgeneX will do these tests on the #6050 panel plus other testing. Just curious if you have the (IgG) results or if they were ever done. I guess one way to look at it is that you are positive in the short term infection. Treatment may help you right away to eradicate this pest. More then likely on oral antibiotics. If you have a long standing positive test, your doctor might consider the IV antibiotics.

As far as your schooling and long term diagnosis. Again it depends on how far the disease has progressed. In my case I have been unable to work this past year. I have brain cognitive problems, dizziness, ringing in my hearing, and some skipped heart beats. There are times it really feels like I am in a different reality. People call it brain fog. I work in the legal profession and this disease has made it impossible to do my job correctly. So you may have difficulty when you are studying, or staying focused in your activities.
One thing to look out for is the Jarisch- Herxheimer" reaction. This is when the antibiotics kill off the bacteria. The dying bacteria release toxins into your bloodstream. The human body can't get rid of these toxins fast enough which causes an increase in your symptoms. You should do research on the web to get more info.

Well good luck in your future. If you post your results from IgeneX, somone will help you on the board in reading them.
Hi again JP76, Here is a breakdown of the Western Blot bands. Posted on this site from a wonderfull lady by the name of Ticker. Find your bands. From what I see you have a case of Lyme disease. Remember that no Lyme test is accurate there are always false negatives and false positives. Lyme is a very smart bacteria that likes to play hide and seek in your system. If its hiding in your organs or elsewhere it might not be active or traceable in your bloodstream. I hear that sometimes after a course of antibiotics, testing is more accurate. But again nothing is concrete.

Below is the breakdown of the Western Blot. The IgM tests for a more recent infection and the IgG a longer standing one.

9 cross-reactive for Borrellia
12 specific for Bb
18 unknown
20 cross-reactive for Borrellia
21 unknown
22 specific for Bb, probably really the 23/25 band
23-25 outer surface protein C (OspC), specific for Bb
28 unknown
30 unknown; probably an outer surface protein; common in European and
one California strain
31 outer surface protein A (OspA), specific for Bb
34 outer surface protein B (OspB); specific for Bb
35 specific for Bb
37 specific for Bb
38 cross-reactive for Bb
39 is a major protein of Bb flagellin; specific for Bb
41 flagellin protein of all spirochetes; this is usually the first to appear after a Bb infection and is specific for all Borrellia
45 cross-reactive for all Borellia (sometimes people with Lyme who have
this band positive also have the co-infection Ehrlichiosis)
50 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
55 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
57 cross-reactive for all Borrellia
58 unknown but may be a heat-shock Bb protein
60 cross reactive for all Borrellia
66 cross-reactive for all Borrelia, common in all bacteria
83 specific antigen for the Lyme bacterium, probably a cytoplasmic membrane
93 unknown, probably the same protein in band 83, just migrates differently in some patients

Band 41 is often the first to show, and his are positive. Bands 31, 34, and 39are Lyme specific bands and his are either postive of IND

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