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Dear All:

I recently had the Western Blot test. I have positive IgM bands
41 (+3), 39 (+1) and 23 (+2).

The final report for IgG was negative(normal)...

I will follow up with my doctor, but wondered if anyone could shed
some light on these results. I have no symtoms. Thank you!
You are positive for a current infection of Lyme Disease. You have all three of the bands often identified as markers for LD. You need to see a Lyme specialist, not a regular MD or any other type specialist: neurologist, Infectious disease, Rheumy, etc....... Your MD isn't trained or skilled in the treatment of lyme.

Symptoms can lie dormant and then surface, often with a vengeance, even many years later. You really do need to seek proper treatment ASAP before the critters start replicating.
Thank you for your input. Yes, I will follow through with Lyme Disease
specialist. My general practicioner advised me to and referred my to specialist which I will see next week. Hopefully, we caught this early.
Thanks again,
[QUOTE=drogojr;4918924]Thank you for your input. Yes, I will follow through with Lyme Disease
specialist. My general practicioner advised me to and referred my to specialist which I will see next week. Hopefully, we caught this early.
Thanks again,

You had 3 bands on the IgM, what about the IgG?

What makes you worry if you have no symptoms? Why did you have the test? Were you bitten? Was it a dear tick? Did you get the bulls eye pattern?

According to the IDSA and CDC, a 3 band positive is negative for Lymes. Don't let the zealots tell you you that its Lymes.

Any doctor can call himself a LLMD for the $$$. Its a big mess and I'd be cautious.

If you had 3 bands and are worried, you could repeat the test at another lab to double check and you could ask for the new culture test.
It's this type of response that would have me most worried.

-You don't need a bulls eye rash to have LD.

-Symptoms may not appear right away, even though one is infected.

-There are vectors other than ticks that also carry the bacterium.

-You don't need the IgG to be positive to have a current infection of Lyme.
Most people don't come up with the IgG positive.

-Waiting around to repeat a test from some lab that doesn't know how to properly test for LD means a delay in starting treatment.

Lyme is serious! Delaying proper care can mean greater difficulty in treating as one develops further, more chronic complications, of the disease (the spirochetes replicate about every 3 to 4 weeks!). There are [I]plenty of us [/I]that can vouch for this through our own personal experiences

CDC is ultra conservative. To only follow their directives would mean a lot more people suffering from LD would go untreated.

An LLMD is a specialist in Lyme Disease. Many of them have, themselves, had Lyme. If I break my leg I don't want to go to a gynecologist for treatment. To suggest any ol' doctor is sufficient or that LLMDs are only practicing for the $ is IMO leading lyme sufferers into a potentially chronic state. There are already enough people suffering dearly from this disease and unable to find proper care.

Worried we should be, about the dearth of lyme specialists and the blatant misinformation about lyme idsease that continues to abound in the medical community.
Hello all,

I too have the same result, with 23, 39, and 41 positive on the IgM. The IgG only has one band positive, 39. These test results were shared with me this week and are the results of my third western blot.

I was treated with 28 days of IV antibiotics 11 months ago. The original test (ordered by a neurologist after I shared my CK level was slightly high and that my legs hurt badly, I was severely fatigued, felt horribly sick, brain was mush, couldn't remember anything, husband said I was very moody and getting angry often for no reason, etc...) last July, showed 39 and 41 positive, with no IgG positive. I had no bulls eye rash, and don't remember being bitten by a tick. I do however, live in an area with a bad tick problem, as I pull them off my dogs frequently. Yes, they take medication to prevent ticks.

A second test, just two weeks after the original, showed 39 positive, and 41 read equivocal on the IgM and a negative IgG. That physician (an Infectious Disease Doc) looked me in the eye and said "You don't have Lyme Disease and you shouldn't be taking those antibiotics. They will do more harm than good" and you should see a psychiatrist.

I remained on the antibiotics for 28 days, although the Herx reaction I had experienced lasted far longer than most people say it should. After the 28 days, I did feel better and continued to improve greatly. I was my "old" self. Then a few months ago, January - February, the symptoms I had originally were back, and worse. I am nauseous, achy, can't think straight, along with the other symptoms I had magnified.

Let's add in Type 1 Diabetes for 30 years, along with a positive ANA at 1:320 this time. It was only 1:80 before.

Why is the IgG still negative? Does this mean that my body has made no antibodies to fight the Lyme itself? Only one band, not 5 as the CDC wants?

I've read both sides of the Lyme argument. I can see both sides. I don't know what these test results mean. That I have been reinfected? Again, no tick bite and no bulls eye rash. That it is a false positive, and I never had Lyme - that it is something else? Or that one month of IV antibiotics wasn't enough, and that long term antibiotic therapy is needed to kill these little spirochetes?

What I do know, is that I am not well. It is not in my head, it is real. Each day that passes, I feel weaker, and hurt more.

My MD has turfed me to another ID doc and a rheumatologist. Yes, that means waiting and waiting to get in to see them. There are no LLMD's in my state. I am driving 500 miles in two weeks to see a LLMD, but don't know how the heck I'm going to pay for the tests, much less any treatment, as I'm sure insurance won't pay for it, as long term antibiotics aren't a recognized treatment for this illness.

So, I'm open for any information, education, or opinions as to what the heck this 3rd blood test could mean. Thanks for reading and sharing in advance.

Dazed and Confuzed

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