Hi, I’m new to the group. I’m a 43-yr-old female living in Northern CA. I received a Lyme diagnosis just last week (1/27). I was having various issues with inflammation and I grew up in MA so my naturopath decided to test me. I have 2 positive IgM bands from the Western Blot, 23 and 41, and am IgG negative so far. I would like to get clear on whether this is really Lyme. I have pain, but I also have a disc injury; I have anxiety and some depression, but I also have a stressful life, two small children and adrenal fatigue. Etc. My symptoms don’t make it obvious, though that could be because it’s still relatively recent (or maybe I’m just in denial!).
On the other hand… I did have a circular rash last summer. No tick. The rash was lighter than the Lyme-rash pictures I saw online, and it didn’t last long. I do have some new neck pain, and I currently have what I thought was a cold (just this past week). But never had obvious symptoms of an acute infection.
Could this have been a false-positive? On both bands? Are there other exposures/illnesses that would make both of those light up? Also, if it’s only the IgM bands, that means it would have been recent, correct? Wouldn’t last summer (6-8 months) already be showing up as IgG?
The naturopath had me do the Igenex test, which I now know is controversial, and I hope the results (which I’ll get in a few weeks) don’t just make it more confusing. I’m very wary about going down the mortgage-your-house, Lyme-literate-specialist, antibiotics-for-life route (which I know is not this group’s camp). On the other hand, is there any point in seeing an ID doc with few real symptoms and these results? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.