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Hello [Smile]

I am new to this whole Lyme scenario and have NOT tested positive but am still seeking causes of neuro sensory problems (burning in feet/lower legs and hands/lower arms) progressing of the the last 11 months...seems to only affect small fiber nerves (more details below)

So about the test? Labcorb did what they call 'Lyme IgG IgM AB Western Blot Reflex Test' and my results was <0.91 This is considered negative, while equivocal is 0.91 - 1.09 and positive is >1.09 How can I decipher this result? I keep hearing others who had a 'western blot' test talk about bands etc? Did I do the wrong test, should there be more info?

BTW, in trying to figure out my sensory problems, at the guidance of an experienced neurologists I have tested negative for diabetes, hiv, ANA, ESR, have completely normal CBC and metabolic panel, normal MRI of cervical spine and passed EMG and NCV nerve testing which indicate my problem is probably only 'small fiber nerves'. These symptoms started in earnest after doing a 'partial' full body cleanse and bentonite and psyllium shakes last fall. Did I 'loosen' or redistribute something (lyme etc?) in my system that led to these burning sensory nerves? Never saw the telltale 'ring' but I live in a rural setting and have removed at least 6 embedded ticks over the last 10 years while doing yard work etc.

Originally did the cleanse after several years of lethargy, diarrhea, ringing right ear (continues) and sweating at night of upper body. Ironically, since the cleanse, I have very good energy, slowly lost weight into a healthy range, have completely normal bowel movements but the burning (sometimes stinging) sensory problem continue without an answer as does a great inability to sleep for more than 2 hours most nights which also started after the herbal cleanse.

Thanks for any thoughts [Smile]

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welcome, i just sent you my lengthy 78 pages newbie package. skim it and then highlite areas you want to know about first ok.

not sleeping; have you had a sleep study done for apnea? stopping breaching and waking up not getting your breath.

others will stop by; now start reading as knowlede is power dealing with chronic lyme disease! [Wink]

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LabCorp's testing for Lyme disease does not test for ALL bands. What you need is a Western Blot from Igenex Lab in CA. Tests #188 and 189

Your symptoms sound very much like Lyme to me.

Western Blot explanation:

It's Lyme Time You Knew

When to Suspect Lyme Disease

More info:

Wild Condor's Links and information:

Lyme Disease Symptoms List
1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
2. Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
4. Unexplained hair loss
5. Swollen glands: list areas____
6. Sore throat
7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain
8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity
9. Unexplained milk production: breast pain
10.Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
11.Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
12.Upset stomach
13.Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
14.Chest pain or rib soreness
15.Shortness of breath, cough
16.Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
17.Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
18.Joint pain or swelling: list joints_____________
19.Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
20.Muscle pain or cramps
21.Twitching of the face or other muscles
23.Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
24.Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
25.Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
26.Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
27.Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
28.lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
29.Lightheadedness, wooziness
31.Confusion, difficulty in thinking
32.Diffculty with concentration, reading
33.Forgetfuiness, poor short term memory
34.Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
35.Difficulty with speech or writing
36.Mood swings, irritability, depression
37.Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
38.Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol


Opinions, not medical advice!

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