@GrumpyCat you are misleading @frenchfri completely.
coinfections are extremely common and the only reason I was able to get doctors to help were positive results to confections as the Lyme tests were negative. I tested positive for bartonella, erlichia and others. And the CDC testing did not show results for Lyme as it doesn’t provide the full array of bands for proteins for the version of Lyme I have. I had to be tested at Igenix where they test for a wider array of bands associated with the myriad of types of Lyme versus the 20 year old out of date CDC criteria.
I tested positive with igenix with 90% on the Lyme which is huge! I also tested positive for multiple other coinfections including babesia. The igenix lab runs it over a two week period and does multiple screens. It’s the doctor who will be responsible for years of antibiotics versus the lab test - so please stop squashing this resource as it is essential for diagnosis. I have had Lyme for over 10 years and spent over 80k on testing for everything under the sun to explain all the issues - and each doctor had an opinion. And having it for 10-15 years is tragic as it has run rampant, and caused me no end of losses in my life. The cdc is antiquated and is leaving hundreds of thousands of people without proper diagnosis. The first level of testing - the western blot is 70% innacurate and when results are negative they don’t go on to do the ELISA. I convinced the doctor to do the Elisa coinfections first which is how I at least got the bartonella diagnosed.
I recommend you study one of the most comprehensive resources I have found and what has become one of my guiding resources http://treatlyme.net
He has videos that talk about all of this. Unfortunately he put a subscription key on it so the videos may be found on Facebook and YouTube