That would depend on the band, and of course, symptoms mean everything especially when the person has had these infections for more than a year or two. If the symptoms can't be easily explained, or it takes 6 or 7 conditions to "explain" why you have these issues, its' time to think of these infections. Also, even if the symptoms can be easily explained, but the person is not responding to the medications, then it's time to think of these infections.
Someone that has had these infections for 10 - 15 years, you know their immune system is much too low to respond to an antibody test that is quite faulty to begin with. I never tested positive for even one band the first time I tested with Labcorp. After a FULL year of abx treatment, I tested fully CDC positive for Lyme and RMSF. I had had these infections for 37 years when I had started treatment.
We can't say that the immune system quits on people that have had these infections for extended periods, otherwise I wouldn't be alive. My immune system was putting up one heck of a fight for 37 years to keep me going much of that time, and for the infections to not completely ravage my body completely.
But even hypochondriacs can get Lyme, and heaven knows how many times I have been accused of being a hypochondriac by doctors. It was even written in my records when I was in my early 20's - which is why and when I quit transferring my records from doctor to doctor.
Can I suggest that you reach out to her? Even if it's just to mention this community or to share my email with her?
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)