big surprise: lyme and west nile

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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all,
a lot of testing for co- infections and stuff i could have brought home; no typical lyme coinfections found but: west - nile igg positive in elisa; anybody out there with this "mixture" or am i alone with this ???

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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first got sick my doctor tested me for lyme and west nile. Of course the lyme came back normal and to my surprise the west nile came back positive.

So I was told for the next 9 months of several doc visits that I was dealing with post viral sequella. I now see this statement as stupid doc talk for how long can I milk this and keep getting my paycheck?

Anyway 9 months in I came in one of my last doc visits and told her that she needed to recheck me for west nile because something was still bugging me and I was getting worse. So she did and it came back same as 9 months ago Postive IgM and Neg IgG. She told me that was odd because after I had had it for that long I should have had IgG titers. So I went to an immunologist and he did a pcr and it came back NEGATIVE. He told me I never had west nile but he didn't know what was wrong with me. So began my search for answers.

So apparently I had a false positive test twice for West Nile. But I did have another doc who used a different lab test me in between this and that came back neg. But My first doc viewed that as a false neg.

So anyway, Do you really have west nile????? I would question that. I almost wonder if our immune systems aren't making something to try to combat the illnesses we do have that immitates west nile titers. I don't know- but I do know that the west nile diagnosis screwed me out of 10 months.

Then again I don't know how elisa is different than IgM, IgG

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   Posted 12/16/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe we never know anything for sure; but i think west nile could be possible, i spent some time in countries where it's endemic and no matter what i did i never was able to avoid some mosquito bites; they tested it with elisa, it was done at a lab specialized in arthropode-borne virus - diseases such as west nile. yellow fever, that stuff;
as far as i understand igg and igm can be checked with elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)
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