via FISH or PCR testing
I don’t know about
the FISH so can’t comment on that - but the pcr can’t be relied on because of false negatives due to the fact that the sample of blood may not have any bacteria in it - but it’s a relatively small sample.
Ive used the jello explanation . You have a big bowl of red jello (representing the blood in your body)
There are little blobs of green jello in it (representing the bacteria)
You take a scoop of the jello and you may or may not capture a green blob.
Doesn’t mean there isn’t any green jello in the bowl - just that that particular sample doesn’t have any.
So it’s negative.
Positives are not questioned - just negatives
That’s how it was explained to me a few years ago.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi