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Lioness
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One test that shows you have that and does not mean it could still be something else?
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Could you restate your question?? I don't quite understand.

Western Blot explanation:
http://tinyurl.com/ffn3x

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Thanks for the link.

I guess my question was, if the Westernblot IgM bands are positive, can it mean anything other than lyme?

I had:
18 - pos
23 - 25 ind
30 - pos
31 - pos
34 - ind
39 - pos
41 - pos
66 - pos
83 - 93 - pos

(some had more + signs than others)

I know I have lyme and am not questioning that. But I am curious if the positive bands can be something else too.

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YES- you take a quarter from your pocket

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Wow thats a pretty positive test! And having 18, 23-25,30,31,34, 39 83,& 93 all positive is pretty incrediable. Those bands are specific to Bb and ONLY Bb.

I'd say you definately have lyme ... no question about it. I'm sure your LLMD told you the same thing.

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Lioness
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Yes, that is what they told me. It was funny too b/c their first thought was Lyme. I thought "no way."

Although, I grew up in the woods as a "tom boy," had so many animals, took hunting dogs all over eastern coast on field tests, ran mountain bike and summer camp programs (lots of time in State Parks), pulled many a ticks off me...

Gee, why didn't I think of Lyme?? Maybe because in all the years (decades) and hundreds of doctors, not ONE thought of it until I was in real rough shape!

I just wasn't sure what bands were specific only to Bb. Thanks! [Smile]

(ps, what is band 66?)

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