the western blot

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abanana07
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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to clarify something: I read on a different forum  that the western blot shows antibodies for other things besides lyme like the epstein barr virus (ie mono). This made me worried but I think this is slightly incorrect. The western blot for lyme shows antibodies FOR LYME. I'm guessing you could do a western blot for mono to detect mono antibodies. But you couldn't do a western blot for mono and test positive on the mono western blot just because you have lyme. My western blot tests have all said "for B. Burgdorferi" next to each band... which is why I suspect that this western blot is specific for ONLY lyme and not other diseases. I have also heard that if you're getting tested for other things the lyme can make your tests false positive. Is this true?
 
I think my problem now is that I am reading too many things on the internet and I am literally scaring myself silly!! I am worrying about things so much I'm losing sleep. Can someone please tell me that I am correct about this?
 
 

abanana07
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   Posted 2/10/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Villi Phanatick! That was reassuring. I know that I have lyme - I had all the symptoms, I herxed while on abx (multiple times), and I live in an area where lyme is endemic and I used to spend a lot of time walking outdoors.

I think I just managed to scare myself by reading things on the internet. I know I have lyme. Just when the other person brought up mono I was like OH GOD - I had mono 15 years, is it related? And started freaking out. I know I am just getting way too worked up about all of it. I had a positive IgM and two positive bands IgG (23 and 41). But somehow managed to convince myself that I've got some other illness. I'm guessing this happens to people with lyme a lot - there are so many "unknowns" out there that when you start looking around for answers you can drive yourself crazy.

Didn't help that I presented the first dr (infectious disease dr) i went to with positive lab results and he said it wasn't clear enough (because of not enough IgG bands) and that he thought i should get tested for hiv. which i do not have.

abanana07
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   Posted 2/10/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
*correction, I had mono 15 years AGO
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