Hi Lily Panda,
Although it's a basic question, the answer is not. LOL.
With your positives though, it's not a question IF you have Lyme - take a look:
Band 23 indicates OspC, with is an outer surface protein for Lyme that is highly specific - meaning that nothing else will reproduce that specific band to be positive.
Band 31 indicates OspA, and like OspC, is highly specific to Lyme.
Band 41 is a bit different, as it can be caused by other spirochetal infections, but those are fairly easy to rule out. Syphilis, Pintas, Yaws or Lyme disease are the infections that cause this band to be reactive.
So, why doesn't the CDC recognize this? Well, there's a million theories out there, but the fact is they don't. They do tell us that we may need MANY tests before we will get the positive Lyme tests as they see it -but they won't fund research to have more sensitive tests either, nor do they fund any research to help find good, effective treatments. Nearly everyone that discovers this asks why, but so far, there are no answers to these types of questions.
I don't know if it will help, but I have had workups for RA myself, because my fingers and toes are twisted and bent - and yet I don't have any 'markers' in my blood for any arthritis at all.
Lyme is called the "New Great Imitator" (the first being it's 'cousin', syphilis) because it imitates all kinds of other diseases, and if a doctor is not aware that Lyme (especially when combined with the other tick-borne infections) can present like that, then these infections won't be part of their consideration.
I do hope that helps some???
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 set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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