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I just received the results of my Western Blot for Lyme, and was wondering if anyone could help me decipher the test results. (JoJo?-the info you have given me recently about Lyme has been VERY helpful-hope to hear from you again in regards to this question.)

Everything was negative except for one band, the one I most feared-41. The exact band is the IgM 41 (it says Present next to it), and there is an A in the column next to it (not sure what that is.) On my husband's Western Blot, he tested positive for band 41 IGG only, and he definitely has Lyme,(VERY positive Spec Scan) so my results are confusing me. I've been trying to research the significance of this one band, but I am not getting enough info about it to know if I really have Lyme or not.

I should also mention, even though I feel a bit embarassed to do so, that at the time I had my blood drawn for this test I was in the middle-to end of a herpes outbreak, and had been treating myself with Acyclovir. Could the herpes in my bloodstream have altered my test results? I would think if my body had antibodies present and was fighting this virus, that it could have possibly made band 41 present. I had a Western Blot test done in 2006 which was completely negative, so I'm kind of scared about this. Should I have a repeat Western Blot test done when I do not have any infection present in my body to see if the results are different? I get these Herpes outbreaks every other month or so, so it's hit or miss as far as the virus being active in my bloodstream. I also have mild arthritis-could this affect the bands at all?

Another question-does anyone know about Dr. Leslie Fine in West Caldwell, NJ? She is the LLMD my Husband is currently seeing, and he thinks she's great. If anyone needs a LLMD in NJ, you might want to give her a try. I was in her office recently and was extremely shocked at how sick a lot of the people in her waiting room were-I'm scared to death of having this disease myself and having to go through the hell that my husband is going through now-IV Rocefin through a picline, plus starting a new oral antibiotic today as well.

Sorry about the long post here-I'm unsure where to turn anymore with questions!

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