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What Is a lyme disease test?

A: A lyme disease test is administered to detect the presence of lyme disease in the blood. lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of certain kinds of ticks. A test is necessary when symptoms of the disease are exhibited, including inflammation of the skin, an expanding rash, headache, fever and malaise. Because these symptoms are so similar to those of other diseases, diagnosis can be difficult without specialized tests. There are five different types of lyme
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lyme disease test

A: Hi, Sheila... The tests for lyme are notoriously unreliable. My titer tests were consisistently negative and I, like yourself, had the most flaming case of lyme there was. My Western Blot was also negative until it was sent to the lab that the lyme specialists use. MD"s are not lyme-aware and that"s the reason so many of us fall through the cracks and go untreated, often for years. Diagnosis is ultimately a clinical diagnosis based on history of symptoms, exclusion of other diseases and bite history if the patient even recalls one. I don"t know what all of her symptoms are but if lyme...
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Does Medicare pay for lyme disease testing?

A: Medicare Part Bcovers any medically reasonable testing, including laboratory work, to diagnose and treat any disease. lyme disease is no different from any other disease. The trouble with lyme disease is that it is often very difficult to diagnose (not to mention hard to treat effectively). So, the question regarding Medicare coverage is not whether there is Medicare Part B coverage for lyme disease testing but how much testing Medicare will cover, and which specific tests. In other words,...


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lyme disease - testing and co-infections

A: Hi, Deborah.... I"m so sorry to hear about your diagnoses. No one can imagine the havoc these bugs can create until they have experienced it first-hand. I"ll give you my opinion on what you asked me.   First of all, there is NO test that is absolutely fool-proof when it comes to lyme disease. It can evade detection in both blood and spinal fluid so I don"t know how your doctor can completely rule it out.  I did find this explanation on one of the web sites: "When used as a part of a diagnostic evaluation for lyme disease, the Western Blot should be performed by a laboratory that reads and reports on all 16 bands as part of their routine...
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MY SON IS 13. HIS KNEES, SHOULDERS AND ANKLES DISLOCATE, POP, AND HAVE CHRONIC PAIN. THIS IS JOINED BY HEADACHES, LIGHTHEADEDNESS, NO BALANCE AND NO STRENGTH. lymeS disease test WAS NEGATIVE. OSGOOD SLAUGHTERS STARTED TWO YEARS AGO IN KNEES AND AN OPERATION WAS PERFORMED ON HIS LEFT KNEE FOR A DISCOID SHAPED LATERAL MANISCUS IN MAY OF 2007. SINCE THEN HE HAS GOTTEN CRONICALLY WORSE. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF THIS?

A: Dislocation Treatment Knee Surgery According to this article on Patellar surgery: ''Different surgeons use different procedures for repairing knee problems. According to one long-term study, having knee surgery for patellar tracking problems increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis .2 While some surgeons think it best in some cases to repair knee damage immediately after a first patellar dislocation , others will wait until they see a recurrent problem. Although surgery for dislocation offers a good chance that the patella will no longer dislocate, many people continue to have pain after surgery.3 '' Osgood Schlatter Condition This article has a great foundation to contact. Maybe they can help with more information. I would consult with your doctor and/or seek a second opinion as...
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lyme disease - Its Cyclical Nature & Severe Daily Headaches

A: Hi, Molly... Yes, it does sound like lyme and it would have been very comforting for you to have positive test results, but the tests for lyme are notorious for yielding false negatives. Your thoughts and instincts about lyme are most likely correct. Also, you did not say if the lyme dr. tested you for any co-infections which are other organisms that are transmitted at the time of the bite. They can share many of lyme"s same symptoms BUT they do not all respond to the same antibiotics. Here is a list of reasons for lyme testing yielding...
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Should I see a lyme disease doctor

A: Hi... To answer your quesiton about what other testing I had prior to being treted for lyme...I had all kinds of blood work and I don"t know what all they tested for; but among those tests were lyme titers and they were always negative.  I had EMG"s and nerve conduction studies done several times.  I had an MRI from my head to the bottom of my spine (3 hours laying motionless in that tube). My MRI did show some brain spots which were first thought to be MS but later determined to be lyme lesions. (15% of people with lyme have brain lesions.)  I had the eye test for MS---VEP...
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lyme disease false negative? What can we do?

A: Hi, Herschel.... Your story is so sad and, unfortunately, very typical of someone with lyme disease due to the ignorance of the medical community about it. I believe I can offer some helpful suggestions. You are right. CDC standards are too rigid and for this reason, only a small fraction of lyme cases is reported. lyme can totally evade detection in both blood and spinal fluid. Your only recourse is to find a lyme specialist. He/she will treat your wife regardless of the test results. lyme specialists treat outside the guidelines for lyme. Your wife could also be infected with one or...
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lymes disease continued... thanks carol

A: Hi,Tara.... Glad I could help you out. I saw the show on Discovery, too. It was pretty interesting and, unfortunately, very typical of many, many people that have lyme disease. The doctor that spoke on the show spoke at a conference I went to two years ago and I really liked him. To answer your question, there is NO test that definitely tells whether you have lyme or not. It can evade detection in BOTH blood and spinal fluid. Diagnosis is made by history of symptoms and exclusion of other diseases, so if you test negative, a lyme specialist will treat you with antibiotics. If you improve, he will keep treating....
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lyme disease , sexual transmission

A: Hi, Pasquale... This a question that I don"t think anyone can really answer. The tests for lyme are somewhat unreliable so you could have active infection and it not show up on a test. In your case, since you have late stage, you are most likely no longer producing antibodies. There"s really no way to know for absolute certain. To follow is a list of reasons why this happens: Nine Reasons for False Negative lyme disease Blood test Results From the lyme disease Foundation brochure, Frequently Asked Questions About lyme disease 1....
 
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