Welcome to the community! Jo posted some really good information for you.
As Jo said, the testing is not good, and the CDC is just wrong about
needing 5 bands. This is a complex issue, but it started a while ago, when they chose to ignore certain bands on the Western blot in order to deny more Lyme cases. It happened during what is known as the "Dearborne conference" in 1998 (??I believe??).
Band 23 is highly specific to Lyme disease, it's one of the band that the only thing that makes it positive is the person having Lyme disease. So you are correct on that.
By the way, band 45 often appears for Ehrlichia -which is treated the same as Lyme, only it's not as stubborn to deal with. Usually several weeks of treatment clears it up.
Keep asking questions!! We are here to help as much as we can!
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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