Welcome to the forum! Sorry you're here but glad you found this community - I hope we can help you answer some questions.
Your IgM antibodies (that's what the Western Blots test measure - your immune response to the Borrelia burgdorferi or Lyme microbe - not the microbe itself) reacted to band 23, which is a Lyme-specific band. So that is very likely a positive result for Lyme.
But to answer your specific questions - NO, a yeast/fungal overgrowth cannot turn a Western Blot test positive if Lyme isn't present.
Do you have any other sx that could be related to Lyme? There are MANY that overlap with other coinfections that are common with Lyme, and overlap with yeast/fungal overgrowth.
The CDC recommends to MDs that Lyme is a clinical diagnosis - and not to rely solely on test results, which is why it's important to work with a Lyme specialist:"Surveillance case definitions establish uniform criteria for disease reporting and should not be used as the sole criteria for establishing clinical diagnoses, determining the standard of care necessary for a particular patient, setting guidelines for quality assurance, or providing standards for reimbursement." www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/survfaq.html
Since you're new -
Please review the "New to Lyme?" thread info at the top of the page - it has invaluable information about
diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, etc. and will help you prepare for your first appointment.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1606610
Please email Girlie
, our head mod, and she can help you with contact info for LLMDs in your area to consider. You can find her email address in her profile. Or click here:www.healingwell.com/community/profile.aspx?f=30&p=197951
I'm also a mod but not around as consistently but will help however I can.
You can go to The Lyme Disease Association and search for LLMD's 3 times in a month. You have to register first. Here is the link:www.lymediseaseassociation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=277&Itemid=74
You can email the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ILADS has their own referral system as well:ilads.org/ilads_media/physician-referral/
You will want to find an ILADS trained doctor, as ID Docs (Infectious Disease Doctors) as well as many others believe Lyme is hard to catch and easy to treat, and don't believe in the reality of chronic Lyme--they adhere dogmatically to the IDSA and very narrow definition of Lyme and limited treatment. Go to the ILADS site to read the new (2014) Treatment guidelines to get you started on your healing journey: www.ilads.org/lyme/treatment-guideline.php
Here is a lot more info on yeast/fungal overgrowth -
Y/FO post in the "New to Lyme?" thread:www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1606610&g=3644275#m3644275
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions that come up!