I went to get my records from the hospital today. LLMD was interested in seeing some of the
results during my next visit. The hospital lab showed negative Lyme IGG and Lyme IGM. Please
tell me what you all think of this explanation on the results:
Test: Borrelia Burgdorferi Ab, IGG Western Blot IGG is positive with any 5 of the following 10 bands: 18, 23, 28, 30, 39, 41, 45, 58, 66 or 93 kDa. My result: Negative. Insufficient number of bands for positive result
Test: Borrelia Burgdorferi Ab, IGM western blot IGM is positive with any 2 of the following 3 bands: 23, 39, or 41 kDa. My result: Negative. Insufficient number of bands for positive result
This test didn't tell me what "insufficient" really means. I'm asking myself, did they find a
few, and if so, which ones. This isn't a typical result that I've seen on this site before and I'm
assuming its because it was done at a hospital lab? I am waiting on my results the LLMD sent to
Igenex. I can't help but wonder why my western blot wouldn't be positive when my LLMD and
primary care doctor are almost certain I have disseminated Lyme.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm so confused over all of this.
Thanks for the information. The more I read the better I understand all of this. The lab used
was ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah. Never heard of them before.
One more question: My CT scan of my head showed "tiny calcifications" at the vertex of the brain. Does anyone have any clue as to the significance of this finding with Lyme?
Thanks everyone, Kelly
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I'm getting that the lab used was ARUP in Salt Lake City, Utah.
OK, now I'm pulling your leg! I see we had a minor multi-post meltdown this afternoon!
Tutu and Aniek are right. This lab result is useless. You COULD have significant bands reading positive and they simply choose not to tell you about them unless they're "CDC positive," I presume. What a load of hooey.
Also, they don't even bother to test band 31 and 34, the most specific bands of all.
You could be triple positive on those bands and lymed out totally, yet miraculously not meet these ridiculous and arbitrary CDC guidelines.
Your IGeneX results will be what a western blot SHOULD look like. But it will be intriguing to compare the two. Just for fun, ask the ARUP lab for a reading of all the bands, and whether any of them were positive. I'll be curious what they would say.
Let us know, 'kay?
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