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I don't know, I think that if you didn't have it, there would be no positives on your test but there are several and you also have symptoms that seem to like Lyme. I do think you need treatment. You could also have co infections as well but most regular doctors wont test.

I tested positive for just one band, but had symptoms..started getting bell's palsy but just a slight case. thanks goodness I caught it in time! don't waste your time with an infectious disease specialist.

oh and the (+) is a weak positive but still positive and the more (++) that show up the stronger it is! and some of those bands are specific for lyme..right now I don't remember which ones.
Hi, I'm new to this board, suffering with lyme almost 10 years, most likely misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia for 9 years.

Anyway, I wish I would have seen this article even a year ago, but it confirmed for me that I most likely had lyme all along, back in 2007, I only ever tested positive for band 58 I did not test pos on any other band. This article is from 2010.

I was always told band 58 is not specific to lyme but it IS specific. it's a heat shock protein to BB , how would it not be? and yet this is the only article I found that is the most reliable.

If one uses an expanded Western blot with revised requirement criteria for diagnosis, studies have demonstrated an improved sensitivity of detection and a low false-positive rate.

Revised Criteria with Western Blot
1. IGG WB: 2 specific band criteria has demonstrated improved sensitivity and maintained specificity

2.[B] Can diagnose Lyme if any one band (IgG or IgM) of 18, 23, 28, 39 or 58 kDa or if any 2 or more of the following bands are present; 30, 45,41 and 93 [/B]

3. If negative or require further confirmation, can obtain IGENEX WB (adds specific bands of 31, 34 an 83, which are typically seen in chronic disease)

4. Positive if any one band of 18, 23, 28,31,34, 39, 58 or 83

5. If positive for Borrelia on any test, consider testing for neurotoxins

6. Consider testing for co-infections (discussed below)

7. Check for coagulation defect (See Hypercoaguable State in CFS and FM)

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