I got my blood test results in the mail yesterday.
Rather than doing a quantitative (i.e. numbers with a “normal” range to compare them to) test, my doctor chose a qualitative (i.e. “reactive” or “non-reactive”) test.
Those tests are NOTORIOUS for being horrible at diagnosing Lyme, and the lab they sent the sample to is notorious for…well, sucking.
My 41 KD (IGM) Band was the only “REACTIVE” result I got.
It turns out, as my OCD/research-obsessed reading has told me, that’s the #1 indication of antibodies for Lyme. From what I understand, it’s a measurement of the weight of some part of the antibodies your body’s making, and that weight is specific to ONLY Lyme antibodies. There are two other weights which I assume would show up more easily in this particular lab if I had JUST been bitten, but for as long as I’ve been sick, I’m not surprised those didn’t show up.
I’ve never had a vaccination for Lyme disease, which means I’ve been infected at some point.
All of my symptoms are congruent with post-Lyme Syndrome…not just at that link, but every link and study I’ve read in the past 24 hours.
Here’s a PDF with a longer list…obviously, I don’t have ALL of those symptoms (thank god, and bless anyone who does, because holy shit, that would suck), but I have at least two symptoms in every single category…in some, I have all but perhaps one symptom. For example, I’m not lactating. That’d bring along another worry entirely…heh.
I’ve looked up a doctor who specializes in Lyme, and he’s only a little over an hour South of where I live. I have an appointment on the 16th of this month to speak with him about this, and I’m filling out the handy-dandy symptom list so that things go a little more quickly. I was told that he was thorough, and a fan of aggressive treatment. I need some blunt honesty and less dawdling, so I’m looking forward to meeting with him and finding out what the hell is going on.
I’m still job-hunting, looking forward to living somewhere other than my dad’s house (for several reasons), and I have some emotional support down here.
But…yeah. I’m scared right now, mainly because it’s a “maybe”, but it’s more of a certainty that could either be treated or be beyond treatment…if that makes sense.
So something smaller than the head of a pin is likely the cause of all of my woes.
WTF, life. Seriously.