The Lyme IgM antibody assay is another serologic test in ELISA format, and it detects the presence of IgM antibodies to B. burgdorferi after exposure to an infected tick. Because IgM antibodies appear early in response to infection, this test may be positive two to six weeks after exposure.
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This test requires a blood draw at a local lab. Blood draw fee is separate and paid directly to lab drawing your blood.
Web results are posted within 7-14 business days. Our office will notify you when test results have been reported.
Yes. The kit comes with instructions.
Yes. Dr Hagmeyer will review the test result with you. Each test comes with a 30-minute post-test review/explanation.
One we have placed the order for the test there are no refunds.
You need this test, If you have recently removed a tick from your body. Testing is best done 14 days post bite as it takes time for your immune system to begin creating antibodies. If testing is done too soon, you may have a false reading.
We do not believe that only individuals who present with the classic bulls eye rash need testing.
Symptoms of Chronic Lyme
Chronic Lyme disease is an ongoing Borrelia burgdorferi infection that can involve any body system or tissue. The infection produces a wide range of symptoms and signs, which can be debilitating for some patients. Common symptoms include severe fatigue, migratory musculoskeletal pain, headaches, and impaired memory.
Neurological complications most often occur in early disseminated Lyme disease, with numbness, pain, weakness, facial palsy/droop (paralysis of the facial muscles), visual disturbances, and meningitis symptoms such as fever, stiff neck, and severe headache.
When left untreated or undertreated, however, Lyme disease can spread throughout the body and affect:
- The central nervous system (including psychiatric and cognitive effects)
- Muscles and joints
- Heart and circulation
- The reproductive system
As Lymedisease.org points out, these symptoms can evolve, disappear, and reappear at different times in ones life.
Order Your Personalized Lyme Test, Co-infections or Opportunistic Bacteria which includes:
- One on one consult with Dr. Hagmeyer to discuss Test Results
Contact our office if you are interested in pursuing tests for the detection of Lyme disease, Co-infections or opportunistic infections. There are too many options when it comes to testing. Testing can cost anywhere from $900- $3500 depending on what is being tested, how it’s being tested.