Well my hubby did me another favor today and called and spoke with my llmd about all of this, as I was once again feeling very overwhelmed and emotional.
She said she sees these levels (ANA as well as monocytes) fluctuate in about 95% of her patients, she sees heighted levels and changes lasting for 5-6 months and then eventually things fall off and return to normal with treatment. Since Lyme is such an emotional roller coaster and stress makes everything worse she usually doesn't tell us every little detail or change unless it is extremely concerning.
I am really impressed with the amount of blood work she does... She does a CBC, kidney, liver, thyroid, ana, as well as many others that I don't quite understand and hopefully don't need to, but yeah, every visit - every test! And testing for all autoimmune stuff every 3 months. She also always spends 45 minutes to an hour with me everytime. Maybe that's how most LLMD's are, but I'm just very happy with her today.
Hopefully this can help another Lyme patient googling/stressing in the future.
I am still curious if anyone else here has been told their monocytes are elevated... So if you have a personal experience I'd love to hear it
Symptoms began October 2013
15 doctors from Feb. - April 2014
Began treatment with LLMD & tested Igenex + 4/2014
Zithro 600 mg x2/daily, Ceftin 500 mg x2/daily, IV/oral glutathione & PC, multiV, magnesium, calcium/D, probiotic, vit c, YL essential oils (thieves, lemon, panaway, oregano, Lyme Bullets, rain drops x1/wk, inner d), L-lysine, milk thistle, cats claw, red root, detoxing and exercise