Testing this week for co-infections

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   Posted 8/30/2009 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone tell me if you must be off antibiotics to be tested for co-infections? LLMD did not mention it so I assume it doesn't matter. Appreciate any input. Bev

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   Posted 8/30/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi merks!
I know as for me, I didn't test pos. for any TBI's until after 1 full yr of abx. - and now it doesn't matter what abx I'm on - I keep coming up pos. for LD, RMSF, & Masters'.

I'm sure someone with a lot more knowledge will post a reply soon!!!

- Traveler
"Conditions": Lyme Disease (neuro, gastro, bone, brain, muscle, hearing involved), STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lyme Arthritis, Neuro LD, FM, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis") & now Lyme arthritis (?).

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   Posted 8/30/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I just gave blood for Igenex co infections testing and asked my doc if it mattered I have been on abx for 6 years and he said. No?
I have heard it can through other peoples posts though and that it can affect the test in some way? But I sure do not know more details..? I know I asked and was told no but this one Doctor. .. ??
I wish I knew for sure.

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   Posted 8/30/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know but I can tell you that the labs only test for 3 strains of bartonella and there are over 30, so a negative test is meaningless. Go by symptoms. If you have lyme, you probably have at least one other infection.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Anitbiotics will not interfere with Coinfection testing as these tests are looking at antibodu responses. Lyme Western Blot that detects spirochete proteins and these can be altered by antibiotics.

Nicky D
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Different people say different things. My Dr. doesn't even take me off antibiotics for a regular Lyme Western Blot. So I had a blood test (today, actually) on antibiotics. It was for babesia (since my symptoms are borderline for that), and a re-do of the IgM Western Blot for Lyme (hoping for a more positive result than my first test).

I know a negative doesn't really mean anything, but a positive does, and that is why I am doing the testing.
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