Help please with test results

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Archives' started by Michelle_NZ, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. Michelle_NZ

    Michelle_NZ New Member

    Hi everyone

    This is the first time I've posted on the Lyme board, altho I have been using the CFS board for most of this year.

    I've just had a Lyme test done - the result came back negative, but I dont really understand the test results. I've tried reading old posts on this board, but it looks like the testing the do here in New Zealand may be different.

    I'm very confused and I was hoping someone here would be able to help me understand my results, they are:

    B.burgdorferi IgG <128 (normal less than 256)
    B.burgdorferi IgM <64 (normal less than 128)

    What I dont understand is the use of the < symbol.

    Can anyone help?

    Many thanks
    Michelle
  2. 6t5frlane

    6t5frlane New Member

    < means lower then normal range or below what the lab considers signifcant
  3. jarjar

    jarjar New Member

    The majority of lyme specialist use only the Igenex Western Blot to help diagnose. Most labs can miss roughly 50% of lyme. I wouldn't rule out lyme till I had lab work from them. You can search Igenex and read about them on the net.

    good luck

    j
  4. Michelle_NZ

    Michelle_NZ New Member

    I dont think we have those labs here in NZ - it was a mission trying to find out how to have the test done as we dont have Lyme in NZ.

    Every doctor I asked about it poo-pooed me even though I was living in CA a few years ago.

    I guess I will just ahve to assume that I dont have it.

    Thanks again
    Michelle
  5. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    Michelle,

    If you suspect you have Lyme Disease, getting properly tested and diagnosed is so very important. Most doctors are just not knowledgeable enough about Lyme to recognize and diagnose.

    The diagnosis itself is a clinical one, consisting of the patient's history, symptoms, and supported by lab work. Negative labs do NOT rule out Lyme Disease. Most lab tests are very unreliable.

    I don't know what the situation is in New Zealand with LLMDs (Lyme Literate Medical Doctors). I suggest that you post an inquiry about finding one on the lymnet dot org board. Go to their flash discussions and click on seeking a doctor.

    Another suggestion is that you can order a test from Igenex labs. They are at igenex dot com and at their site you will find their phone number and also an order form for their test.

    I urge you to not rely on the lab that came out negative. Have you seen the lyme symptom list, and checked off your symptoms?

    Best wishes,
    Hopeful4