Hi there springsjean! The Lyme test that I took is called "Igg Igm - serology for Lyme Disease" here in Brazil. I wonder if it is the same as ELISA, commonly performed in the U.S. It doesn't show bands, just came out as "negative", with no further information. The infectologist who saw me was 100 percent sure I have Lyme, despite the test result, but it is so confusing to be diagnosed with something that exams don't confirm!
What exam should I try to take? The western blot? It is a very expensive test in my country, so I must be sure that it is the right one to take before paying so much :/
The doctor prescribed me a lumbar puncture as well. Is it a trustworthy test for Lyme and MS? Does anyone know? Thanks!
If it's for lyme - don't bother - it's not a reliable test. Maybe do the Armin Lab test Elispot/Ispot test (Germany) instead.
If you're wanting to rule out MS - get the MRI that looks for lesions.
The lumbar puncture does come with some risk.
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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.;
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Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi