"The theory that low CD 57 = chronic infection is flawed."
- Its not that simple. There have been cases where people's lyme infection got better while cd-57 did also.
Now, if they also had some sort of elevated autoimmune antibodies which also got better simultaneously with lyme........that would be noteworthy and possibly explane things.
We dont always here people full stories, as many are so happy to feel better they dont bother putting the puzzle together. These marker tests , and others similar, are not garbage, they are part of the equation. However; Individually, they are not much help.
Note: There are many different autoimmune antibodies, and many conditions that certainly seem to be autoimmune in nature without any associated antibodies scientificaly found yet. Vitaligo is one easy to see example.
Yes, there are. And there are people whose symptoms got better and their CD 57 didn't change at all. It is around 50/50, just like the ordinary lyme tests.
All this confirms to me one certain thing: tests are inacceptably unreliable. There are people with igenex postivie and CD 57 of over 200, just like me, and there are people with low CD 57 and no symptoms. That to me is a bad test overall, and i ordered it because some doctors told to me and now i regret it, because ultimately those doctors weren't lyme literate and didn't know what the **** they were doing.
autoimmune conditions without testing - yes, again, i agree completely, i'm not a close minded person after figuring out i have lyme after a few tests coming back negative, so i can accept totally that there can be something we don't have any clue about
. It's just that i'm frustrated when a doctor told me to order this test, not lyme literate, but whatever, and i saw that half of people on the forum praised it and other half despised it. I guess, it only confirms me how difficult it is to find something wrong when there's wrong, but not by testing results.