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  1. I've read some old threads on IGeneX Lyme Western Blot, so I know that only some bands are specific for Lyme. However in viewing DS's results, I was surprised that IGeneX does not count any indeterminate bands, though many LLMDs seem to. What's the reason for / against? Can someone help explain whether DS does or does not have Lyme and/or babesiosis? Borrreliosis Western Blot bands: (I mark in RED the bands IGeneX states are specific for Lyme) 18 23-25 28 30 31 34 39 41 45 58 66 83-93 IgM - - - - I - - I - + - I IgG - - - - - - - + - - + - Babesiosis: B. microti IFA - IgM Serum 40 (neg < 20) B. microti IFA - IgG Serum < 40 (neg < 40) Babesia FISH Whole blood Neg BTW: He had been on Zithro for months, but was off Zithro ~ 6 days @ blood draw). So, can some of you veterans help me? What does the Western blot mean regarding a Lyme infection? How long do the IgM levels stay elevated? Should I think of him as having Lyme or not? How likely that he would have a co-infection w/o the Lyme itself? If IgM B. Microti is positive, wouldn't he also be positive by FISH? Are LLMDs pretty consistent in how they'd interpret this, or does it depend on the MD? Thanks. wisdom-seeker PS. DS had his first IVIG a month ago, and I need to decide when to repeat. He seems a bit better, though his headache is constant and annoying. And this week his anxiety and intrusive thoughts are off the chart, and he's feeling very off. Still, I don't want to repeat IVIG if we need to treat this stuff first.
  2. Hi. New and overwhelmed. My 4.5 YO had a sudden onset of motor and vocal tics, adhd, clumsiness, OCD, sensory stuff, sleep disturbances, tantrums after falling sick with a cough/fever Dec 2015. Pediatrician suspected PANDAS and started him on Cefdinir however ASO/DNASE negative. Symptoms improved 50% in a month however new symptoms kept emerging. We saw Dr B who ran more tests and diagnosed PANS with borderline Lyme. See Igenex and Galaxy results below. Started on Azith, Cefdinir and Malarone last week. We are seeing an increase in some symptoms (herx?) while others are in check. In hindsight, my son was bit by an insect when he was 3 but the ER doc did not think much of it and sent us home with a topical lotion. There have been symptoms (eg tantrums, meltdowns, wanting to be carried) that we chalked up to difficult boy behavior. So sad this has turned into full blown PANS. Do you think this is Lyme/PANS? I would hate to treat him with antibiotics/anti-malarial for two years if he doesn't have Lyme and we should have been looking for something else. BUT if it is Lyme then I need to toughen up and prepare for a long road ahead. Igenex Lyme: Negative overall IgM 41 IND IgG 23-25 IND, 39 IND, 41+++ B Microti IgM 20 (may or may not indicate active infection) IgG <40 Galaxy Bartonella IFA 32 (less than or equal to 32 indicates negative. Greater than 1.64 positive) All other co-infections negative. My questions are: 1. Do you think he has Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella? 2. Are there additional tests you would recommend to confirm diagnosis? 3. I keep reading that there is no cure Any stories of successfully eradicating these infections? 4. What treatments and length worked best, especially if you had a young child? 5. Should we find an integrative LLMD in addition to Dr B? Any suggestions close to NYC? Sorry for so many questions and thank you for your help! C
  3. I want to do the Igenex co-infections panel on DS, who tested positive for Lyme a few months ago, but he is on two abx currently (plus some natural antimicrobials and a host of supplements). I don't want to risk taking him off abx because he is doing well on them right now, but if he is taking them, will that mess up the results of the testing? He is on Augmentin and Biaxin which I do not believe are used to treat babesia or bart. What about the other co-infections? I can't find any info on the Igenex website about how abx affect the test results. Help please?
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