Prometheus Blood Test - question

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RedAdmin
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand that there are three kinds of tests from this company.  I know that my doc wants to do the one that will tell him if he can up my imuran dose.  What my question is - what size is the needle and do they just go to a vein or is it more like an O2 test where they have to hit the bone marrow in a joint?  I am trying to find out why it cannot be done at a normal blood draw lab and why I have to go the hospital to get it done.  I am also concerned about how much it it going to hurt.
 
I hate needles.  I can watch the blood run out, no problem, cannot watch the needle break the skin.
 
Thanks in advance for any insite anyone can give.  May we all find peace.
Red (Lee Ann)
    "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." - Edmund Burke


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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had my Promethius test last week for the same thing - to check my Imuran levels.  It's a simple blood test.  I hate getting my blood drawn too but unfortunately, it seems to go along with the territory.  My poor vein is looking like a pin cushion.  For the most part, it's quick and painless.  You'll get through it okay.  Tell them you are nervous about needles and that you want to lay down while they draw you.  This will help with any dizziness you might feel from being so anxious about it.  Try and just relax and take deep breaths.  You'll do just fine!  :)

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Vancocin HCI 125mg (generic for Vancomycin), 4xday for C-Diff, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl & Entocort


Sloth
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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I've had this test done, and yes, it's just a simple blood draw.  They just have to ship it off someplace special for the testing (I think mine was sent to the Mayo Clinic -- my doctor is at UChicago).  It takes about a week to get the results back (in my case, I was indeed underdosed).


Diagnosed with Crohn's in April 2003 (first symptoms in 2001).
Current Medications: Imuran 125mg/day, Humira, Pred 2.5mg/day, Phenergan as needed for nausea, Bentyl as needed for cramping (have previously taken Asacol, Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, and Cortifoam)
Dietary Supplements: Flax seed oil, Folic Acid, B12, Culturelle, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Calcium +D


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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm at maximum dose.  My last test showed I was below my level, now I'm at maximum level.  Go figure!!!  ha ha

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl, Vancomycin & Entocort
"LIFE IS NOT HOW YOU SURVIVE THE STORM, BUT HOW YOU DANCE IN THE RAIN...."


RedAdmin
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   Posted 8/28/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the replies, my docs nurse did tell me it was because of the speical kit needed to send it off. Yes, it is to see if he can up the imuran to 150 since I am at 100 now. Good thing I am not a skinny little ---. :):)
Red (Lee Ann)
    "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." - Edmund Burke

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