I had EBV panel done last year that I knew was high. My new LLMD remarked that it is quite high, indicating active re-infection w/ EB.
I know that I have Lyme, and I believe this is how my viruses reactivated. Just so happens that I had significantly high numbers on 3 of them. However my new Dr was only concerned w/ the EB, as it was the highest. He said that even tho my other 2 (see signature) were 'high, out of range,' it was possible that these still could mean past infections.
As for CD57 -- and this Dr treats AIDS patients as well, he commented that he knew other LLMDs used this for diagnosis. And he said that he sometimes uses this test to track imrovement. He did NOT say that the CD57 is indicative in other diseases, but did talk about
the fact that many of his patients who are very sick, have high CD57s, AND that he has many patients who have been treated, or are currently under treatment and getting better still have very low CD57s.
Basically, he was commenting that this test can be used for tracking progress, but that it does not always indicate how much a patient has improved.
Given the fact that Lyme spirochetes can go hiding, or ball up into round cells to hide from the ABx, I wonder if the CD57 can be used to indicate TRUE improvement of the disease -- and that maybe, just maybe, many people feel better on abx, WHILE on abx because the Lyme is in hiding.
So I am now wondering if this test can possibly be used NOT necessarily to track improvement that the patient FEELS, but actual
improvement of the infection.
Sorry if that does not make sense. It is late and I have owned a true Lyme brain today......
TOGETHER we will get to the bottom of this!
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