Posted 3/22/2017 5:47 AM (GMT -6)
HI. Thanks for the response. Here is where my confusion sets in.
To test for Lyme, they use a 2 step process. The first step uses a testing procedure called “EIA” (enzyme immunoassay) or Lyme titer . This is the test Lyme AB, W/reflex that showed a 9.7 for me. However it says on the blood work results that this test can show a false positive.
So they follow up with the Western Blot, which only shows iGg Band p41 for me. So according to the CDC, this does not show a positive Lyme Disease diagnosis.
Now, say that I just have a cold and not Lyme. How would I know that? The symptoms are all the same. So I am not sure how does someone know they have Lyme?
You get regular cold or flu symptoms (I don't have a fever) and the tests do not show a positive in a lot of cases.
I understand that it is best to see an LLMD, but reading online it seems like I can have mono, LUPUS, any number of immune issues or just a plain cold after having gingivostomatitis and my body is weakened.
I am really confused on what indicates that someone has Lyme disease, especially if they have not had a tick bite that they found and no rash.
Thanks again. I just want to make sure I am making the right choices.