Girlie, to be honest after a while I wasn't 100% convinced that I had lyme due to no herxing with herbs (i know dumb reason) and the 100 other diseases that have the same symptoms. I also wanted to think that it may not be lyme and instead something easier to treat. So when I saw the IgM results it just reinforced the idea that it is probably lyme and the IgM usually means an "active" infection where in the past I was just positive for a couple of bands for IgG (albeit with a different lab) which could've meant that I was just exposed to it.
The reason I did the IGENEX was to proof to my self that I am indeed suffering from lyme.
Would you take the IGENEX results as a "stronger" indicator of the presence of lyme than the IgG from Quest?
The IgM 23 positive on the Igenex test means you have/had the bacteria in you....and since you have symptoms, you have active lyme.
So your Dr. never ruled out all the other 'diseases'? For me, the lyme diagnosis came after 14 months of symptoms and oodles and oodles of tests and specialist appts. to rule out autoimmune, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, thyroid, adrenals, etc. etc.
Finally the lyme diagnosis meant sense.
I think you can rest assured your symptoms are from lyme...but if it's really bothering you...maybe talk to your Dr. to rule out some of the more 'common' misdiagnoses for lyme.
Autoimmune can be done with blood tests.
I personally wouldn't bother with MS, Parkinson's, or ALS - since they go mainly by symptoms (and for MS - imaging of the brain) - and even if you are diagnosed with one of those...what is the cause? Lyme?
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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