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Alot of regular drs will retest you after your round of antibiotics and see usually you lose a few bands here or there to create a negative IGM as it's 2 out of 3 bands on a western blot test for cdc positive that most dr's go by (not LLMD' of course).

I would try and remember if you were restested and so, what the results were. Usually your IGG will pick up where your IGM leaves off to an extent.

I had severe symptoms for a year, then they said ohh lets do a lyme test! Full blown (by cdc standards) positive. After the 6wks oral antibiotics, a 'cdc' negative IGM (1 lyme specific band), and a cdc positive IGG (shows exposure to the lyme bacteria), rounds of doctors, rounds of tests, ruled out other diseases, then yet years later with drastic symptoms had a positive spinal tap to lyme.

Symptoms, and with some doctors western blot correlation is what you go by with this disease.

Some people stay positive and feel better, some are always negative, turn positive after treatment, some are book standards turn negative after treatment and are not symptomatic ever again.

When your symptoms are mimicing Lyme but you've got NO (not by cdc I mean) lyme specific bands, always go the route and rule out other diseases before going back to Lyme. It's a long battle for some, and ruling out other things is the only way for sanity and dealing with most doctors who are not the 'llmd's'.

Just my opinion. Good luck.

As for treatment, it depends where you land, if nothing else correlates for a reason for your symptoms go for lyme treatment again. Or goto your pcp request a lyme test since you've been unwell and start there to see where you land on your bands since you had it prior and can compare results.
BUT by no means is a cdc negative result, a negative lyme test.

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