Anyone ever found out why that exists? If it's a weak positive, then shouldnt that be a positive? why the grey area? isn't it akin to being a little pregnant, or are there other reasons besides Lyme that one would get IND on a test, other viruses, antibodies, etc....? I know about the wide array of reasons for band 41, but others?
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I completely agree.. I had several IND bands and feel that they really are a useless guage for diagnosis.
It's all just a guessing game anyways.. Even an experienced LLMD/LLND is guessing when they diagnose you clinically.
It comes down to using your own better judgement. After all you know yourself best.
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My inderterminites on Igenex were actually positive on Labcorp. So I also think they represent a positive result.
Not sure why they can't be considered positive but I am sure there is a reason.
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In reading your recent thread (link below), I'm not sure what to think. The Vincent's Angina of your past may have interfered with the tests. Or - Vincent's Angina may have been CAUSED by borrelia. That is quite possible.
A LLMD can tell you more.
Remember that a test is just one point in time. If that same test were done today, or after an antibiotic challenge, it may light up like a Christmas tree.
You are feeling better, you say- but it's still vital to get to the bottom of this as soon as you can.
There are many variables but you might consult a LLMD who can also assess you for other things that could explain it all. I don't think this can be figured out without the eyes, ears, and brain of an doctor experienced with a full range of chronic stealth infections.
Not all LLMDs are well versed with all stealth infections but ask at CALDA for one who is. ------
Topic: Igenex Results + Cluelessness = Worried Me �
Eireann posted on Dec. 2, 2010
In addition to the usual coinfections from ticks (such as babesia, bartonella, ehrlichia, RMSF, etc.), there are some other chronic stealth infections that an excellent LLMD should know about: ----------
Agreed. I do want to get to the bottom of this. Most people have said "if you had lyme, that one herx wouldn't make you improve like this...it would still be with you, possibly much worse that it was" Does that hold merit? I just dont know. I am going to check out a LLMD that is close by.
Also, if people have antibodies and are/or become asymptomatic, that might indicate a past infection that is no longer an issue? Kinda like the whole theory behind vaccines, though I realize reinfection is possible. I also realize there is an ebb and flow to this disease for some people.
I've read all the reasons why someone might be seronegative, but I just wonder why labs include IND as a variable at all h. Are they hedging their bets, since there are so many bacteria that can wreak havoc, not nec. lyme? Band 41 seems to cover that, but the others...seems like they need to narrow or widen the margins on what is and what is not considered positive.
These people describe many of the same symptoms I had on Augmentin XR. Not the first time I was on Aug, but 1st time I was on that strength. I just wonder what was a general reaction and what was a herx.