I'm glad she finally did the testing. It will take at LEAST two weeks to come back. You MIGHT get the CD57 more quickly than that. I really don't know.
The CD57 will help confirm the Lyme (sort of). If it is low, that adds in to the fact that your immune system has taken a big hit and could indicate Lyme. However, some patients with Lyme have high or normal readings on the CD57.
The PCR test is golden IF it comes back positive. If it's negative, you could still have Lyme.
Here is the explanation on the Western Blot. Read especially the parts in bold print:
i looked up my cd57 and it looked normal. I have my sed rate checked today for the RA and it has doubled in numbers since starting the plaquinal, but I am only on 200 mg once a day. probably not enough. My fingers feet and knees are all swollen and hurt so much. I believe this is all caused by lyme, what do you think? I am on no treatment at the moment and suffering terribly. I have one more week to go until I see her to go over these results. I pray I make it until then, feel like I'm going crazy with panic attacks, off balance stuff, its just horrible.
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