Lyme and Lupus?

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Razzle
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   Posted 11/27/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Can Lupus cause a false-positive Lyme disease test result?  I know Lupus can cause a false-positive Syphilis test, just am wondering what other tests may come back falsely positive if one has Lupus?
 
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-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Multiple Food & Inhalant & Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Very Low Lymphocyte Counts (T-Cells & B-Cells), malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.
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hippimom2
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   Posted 11/27/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Razzle, I've never heard of lupus causing a false positive lyme test, but it would be something to ask your doctor about. If you have a postive lyme test, I would take it pretty seriously and get to a lyme literate doctor.
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Razzle
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   Posted 11/28/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. My doctor seems fairly aware of Lyme and the problems with diagnosis using the CDC standards. He had the test run through the top lab in the country, Igenex, so I know the results are the best that can be gotten from a laboratory stand point. What prompted my question was looking into what the results could actually mean...I found info that suggests that other infections could cause false-positive results on a Lyme test. However, I think the specific organism is less significant than the end result of treatment - basically if I'm treated for Lyme and feel better, who cares what actually caused the problem if it is cured after treatment, right?

According to folks on the HealingWell Lyme Disease forum, they say Lyme can cause an elevated ANA too, which could explain why I have the elevated ANA without the other specific antibodies (like ds-dna, ssa, etc.).

So I'm waiting to hear back from my doctor - he said he'd call with a treatment plan, but I'm thinking I may need to go in for a more interactive discussion given my sensitivities to many things in medications and alternative treatments (herbs, etc.). Thankfully, this doctor seems more open than most to interactive discussion :)

Thanks for your support. Take care,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Multiple Food & Inhalant & Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Very Low Lymphocyte Counts (T-Cells & B-Cells), malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.

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