Lyme testing is a complex subject.
1. The "standard test" that most physicians recommend and use, is a two-tier test with an antibody test first, and ONLY IF THAT IS POSITIVE, a Western Blot test.
2. Both of these tests use antiquated technology, and many people don't form antibodies in time so never get the second test anyway!
3. The old protocol is only counted as positive if "5 bands" are visible, which is the old IDSA standard. The more modern standard, supported by more recent research, is the ILADS standard, which is positive with as few as 2 bands.
4. Many of the laboratories offering Lyme testing do not test for the several different Borrelia species that can cause Lyme, and don't test with all of the most modern lab equipment and procedures. Plus, have you been tested for the coinfections? They can be even worse than Lyme!!