Lyme tests done within the first month or so after infection are unlikely to show Lyme disease because the body has not had sufficient time to develop enough antibodies for the test to detect. Also, the initial blood screening test for Lyme misses a lot of cases, so it is always good to get both the ELISA screening test and the WesternBlot test (both are blood tests). Also, most labs don't report all the bands on the WesternBlot, so it is best to go with a lab that knows more about
Lyme such as IGeneX. Interpretation of Lyme tests should always be done by a Lyme-Literate practitioner (MD or Naturopath) because there are often cases that are negative by CDC standards, but if ANY bands are positive AND there are symptoms that are consistant with Lyme, then a clinical diagnosis is potentially warrented.
The best thing you can do to rule Lyme disease in or out is to consult a Lyme-Literate practitioner.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently weaning off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Doxycycline, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (topically & nasally), probiotics, Liver support herbs, Ailanthus, digestive enzymes, homeopathy.