Is It Possible to Test Negative

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   Posted 11/18/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
...for Babs and Bart, both through Igenex and Stoneybrook and still have these co-infections?  I've been looking through my tests from the past year, and I have never tested positive for each but am being treated for both along with only positive.
Dx Lyme Oct 2007....symptomatic for at least 3 years.  Oct - Dec 2007 Doxy 200 mg/day, Jan 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day, Jan 2008 - 10 weeks IV Rocephin, April 2008 - August 2008 Ceftin 1000mg/day with Zithro 250mg/day,  changed LLMD's Oct 2007...currently dx with Bart and Lyme maybe Babs too...on Omniceff 600mg/day and Levaquin 500mg/day.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is possible to test negative for coinfections and yet still have them. Remember clinical diagnosis is supported by postitive labs, but cannot be ruled out by negative labs (because there are so many more strains of these bugs than what they have tests for, and the immune system may not be able to generate detectable response to the bugs if it is suppressed by the bugs, and also sometimes the antibodies are all bound to bugs, thus no free antibodies to detect on the test).

My doctor believes I have Bart in addition to Lyme, even though Fry Labs found no evidence on the test or the blood smear. I have to agree, given that my symptoms do include some that can be caused by Bart (burning feet, etc.).

Take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-J Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
We'll get through today - Jennifer
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, 08/25/08 - 10 weeks of IV Rocephin, my first visit to a Pain Mgmt. dr. - she was non-judgemental and will not prescribe me any "opiates" which in the end, is probably a good thing.  Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Rozerem 8mg, Darvocet, Acidophilus, Rifampin 600mg, Levaquin 500mg, Lyrica 150 to 300mg,
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes--I tested negative for Babesia but I still have symptoms and had some response to treatment (Mepron/zithro). Also tested negative for Borrelia but was diagnosed via symptoms and response to treatment. (Both via Igenx). Tested positive for Bartonella via a Fry labs blood smear.
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