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Hi Mepmom. Which lab did your testing? Which band was positive?

No Lyme test is completely reliable, and results can vary by lab. Some people who have Lyme test negative. On the Western Blot, the CDC requires a large number of bands to show for it to be considered positive yet many people who have Lyme do not have this many bands show. Lyme doctors often focus on which bands show, some are specific for Lyme. It is important to be tested by a Lyme reputable lab such as IgeneX in Palo Alto, CA. They have more sensitive tests and list more bands on the Western Blot.

Testing should be used as an aid in diagnosis not solely for diagnosis. A lyme knowledgeable doctor will not rely solely on test results to diagnose tick-borne illnesses.

Often infectious disease doctors are not the best to see for tick-borne illnesses unless they specialize in Lyme. The doctor in Wilton comes highly recommended.
Hi Mepmom. You are not crazy, dealing with Lyme disease is crazy. In my opinion, the most important thing someone who has or may have Lyme can do is see a Lyme doctor, the sooner the better. Not doing so is like seeing a podiatrist for a cardiac problem. You also need to be tested for the co-infections.

As I stated previously, infectious disease doctors are not usually the best to see.

Which band is positive on your Western Blot? Which lab did the test? This is relevant.

What dose of Doxy did you take, and how long did you take it?
[QUOTE=ticker;3290593]Hi Mepmom. You are not crazy, dealing with Lyme disease is crazy. In my opinion, the most important thing someone who has or may have Lyme can do is see a Lyme doctor, the sooner the better. Not doing so is like seeing a podiatrist for a cardiac problem. You also need to be tested for the co-infections.

As I stated previously, infectious disease doctors are not usually the best to see.

Which band is positive on your Western Blot? Which lab did the test? This is relevant.

What dose of Doxy did you take, and how long did you take it?[/QUOTE]

1.) I was tested for the co-infections and they were neg.
2.) not sure which band was positive..all the nurse told me was "one band was positive and you need at least 4 to be considered positive for Lyme"
3.) The lab my blood was sent to was Quest but according to the nurse at my dr. Quest sends it out
4.) I took 100mg twice a day for three weeks





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