deciphering bloodwork

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patientspiders
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Good day, all.

I was just wondering if anyone had a good online source that helps them to decode their bloodwork?

I found a few links discussing ESR's and CRP's as they relate to crohn's here on the forum, but I need help from the ground up. Like, what do you watch for when it comes to anemia, for example?

I know the lab work always has the "normal ranges" for you to compare stats with, but are there certain things that you guys look at more than others? Have you found any resources for this info, or do your docs help you? I don't know what the heck a neutrophil is, for example, and I don't really want to go on a wild goose chase figuring it out if it isn't important, ya know?

Any tips are most appreciated.

Have a good one guys!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. After 11 months, failed that too. Cimzia - failed.
Currently on:
Helminthic Therapy, Prednisone


Nanners
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Go to labtestsonline.org. They tell you why tests are run and what your results point to. Hope that helps.
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patientspiders
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You hit the nail on the head, Nanners. Many thanks, as usual! :-)
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. After 11 months, failed that too. Cimzia - failed.
Currently on:
Helminthic Therapy, Prednisone


vitaka
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   Posted 8/27/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that Lab Tests Online is missing ranges (for at some of the tests), citing the fact that they vary from individual to individual. There is also a fairly detailed Wikipedia page devoted to reference ranges for blood tests, and each test contains at least one citation. I never put complete faith into Wikipedia, but it is a nice starting point.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_ranges_for_blood_tests
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again. Waiting to see GI.
Current meds: 4g Pentasa, 150mg Trazadone, Ativan as needed

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