Hi again Lamb,
Well, this is the rub. If your doctor is interpreting the Western Blot results according to the CDC standards, he or she may be disregarding a result that does indicate that you have Lyme.
The CDC itself recognizes the inaccuracy of the tests (the tests rely on reading antibodies to the disease, when the disease actually suppresses the immune system, preventing production of those very antibodies): the CDC recommends that Lyme disease be diagnosed clinically.
So your next step? Hey, no one wants you to have Lyme disease, but as you have symptoms and one positive test result, you should continue to look into this. If you get a copy of your Western blot results and post it here, we would be able to put our heads together and give you an idea of what the test actually says when not using CDC standards.
That costs you nothing. You could also go to a Lyme Literate Doctor for a proper diagnosis. They would send your tests to the lab IgeneX for more accurate testing and take your history and symptoms into account. This will cost you something approaching $1000, some of which would be re-imbursed by your insurance company.
Well we're here to help!
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Post Edited (achievinggrace) : 10/7/2011 7:09:07 AM (GMT-6)