Hi Gene Parmesan!
Welcome to our community!! I'm so glad you found us.
It's very easy to get overwhelmed with everything - the learning curve is incredibly steep with these infections!! Come here and ask question though, as we have already learned much of what you will need to - and we like to share!!
If you haven't yet, it would be helpful for you to start with reading through the thread at the top of the forum titled,"New to Lyme?...Start here!!", as it is packed full of important information, symptom lists, helpful links and pdf's, how to detox when one has these infections, information on probiotics and much more. And this is another good list of possible detoxing routines: www.tiredoflyme.com/detox-methods.html
As for your concerns about
it being MS, I would encourage you to read through this thread - don't worry, it's not very long and it's an active thread, so there could be more posts added to it still: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=3589710
Now the kicker is that these tests are not that reliable. Even the Western Blot, which in some ways is the most revealing test because it breaks it down instead of just giving us an yes or no answer, is not that accurate. False negatives happen all the time. This is partly due to the test and partly due to the infection. Lyme inhibits the immune system, so it can't produce those all important antibodies that the tests are all looking for - also, if a person has more than just Lyme, the other infections can make this action even stronger. With that being said though, the tests can still be useful.
For your husband's test results, here is the site that I use to help interpret them:www.oocities.org/hotsprings/oasis/6455/western-blot.txt
You can go there to find supporting Pubmed articles showing what these bands represent.
An IgM result means that you have an active infection. It once was thought to mean an 'early' infection, but has since been revised. IgG means that the infection is at a later stage.
IND means indeterminate - not negative, but not quite strong enough to be "fully positive". But it means that you reacted on those bands and should be considered, especially when they are Lyme specific bands.
A "Lyme specific band" means specific for Borrelia Burgdorferi, sensu stricto - Lyme disease in the strictest sense. There are only two
on the over 300 known strains of Lyme that is considered Bb, ss. Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii. Nothing else will turn a Lyme specific band positive other than Lyme disease - - even though there are over 100 different strains of Borrelia in the US that cause human illness.
Bands 18 & 41 (whether in IgM or IgG) are indicative of the tail of the bacteria, which can cross react with other Spirochetal bacteria such as Relapsing Fever, Pintas and Yaws, and Syphilis.
Here are the bands that your husband had some kind of reaction to (other than band 41) and what they are:
Band 45 indicates HGE - Ehrlichia
Band 39 indicates BmpA (Bacterial Membrane Protein "A") and is Lyme specific (see above for Lyme specific).
Band 58 is possibly from Borrelia Afzelii - a European strain of Lyme, but a strain of Lyme none the less.
So even though your husband only has one Lyme specific band, that's all he needs for it to confirm Lyme disease, since there is no chance of a cross reaction. In other words, according to this test, he has Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Babesia.
We have several members (including myself) that have recovered from Lyme-related peripheral neuropathy or demyelinating lesions/CNS issues. I'm sure you will meet us all!!
As PeteZa has cautioned, any doctor that has not had any training from ILADS won't see Lyme most likely, but will see a whole array of other things. So while you may want to go in order to rule out other things, I too would caution you on taking action on anything that the Neurologist may say. Neuro Lyme can do a LOT to the nervous system, believe me!!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)