How reliable is enzyme immuno assay for Lyme?

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   Posted 5/18/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,all - I have had a 'enzyme immuno assay' test done - could you tell me how reliable this test is -it came back neg. for Burgderfori - I would like to hear 'your' thoughts/opinions on this .
Thankyou - in advance
[I have had 'suspected' lyme for over 3 years]

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   Posted 5/18/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
The ELISA test is notoriously inaccurate for Lyme, especially chronic Lyme. You want the Western Blot IgM and IgG tests done by a reputable Lyme-Literate laboratory such as IGeneX in CA (see for details). It would also be good if you aren't already doing so to find an ILADS-Lyme-Literate MD, as they are more aware of the limitations of the tests and how to diagnose clinically instead of relying on tests to tell them what's going on.

Check out the thread at the top of the forum titled, "The Basics - Newbies, check this out!" for more info, also.

Take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
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