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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
 just wondered how long does it take the rest of you to get back th test results from your lab work after you see your rheumatolgist? it takes  me at least 3 weeks and then its just a letter with no numbers just will say keep taking same medication see you in 6 months.  I have lupus and ra. and I go to one of the best rheumatolgy clinic in Al.   Linda

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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually I have my labs a week prior to appointments and discuss the results with my doc. My weekly labs I usually don't get results unless something is off. Glad you got a good doc, that means soooooo much. Judy

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   Posted 1/9/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Linda . . . most docs don't give you the results unless you ask. When I want the results, I add a little note on the lab sheet (before I get blood drawn) like this:

cc: Always Rosie, 12345 Main Street, Anytown, OH 54321

The "cc:" stands for "please send a courtesy copy to:" Then the lab sends me a copy of my blood work at home. Most labwork is done in less than a week. There are a few items that take longer.


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   Posted 1/9/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, Rosie is right.  It depends on the test.  For my regular monthly blood work, it takes only 2 days.  But to get an ANA, or lupus blood panel done, it can be a few weeks.  I'm in Alberta, Canada. 
Just all depends.
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   Posted 1/9/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I always call my doctor's office and speak to her nurse about 1 1/2 weeks after my labs were done and request a copy be faxed to me. I am sure they get them back much quicker but the doctor has to review them before they will release them to the patient. Maybe your doctor is extremely busy and that is why it is taking so long.... just a thought.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Judy Rosie and Ginny for responding to my guestion. so I guess 3 weeks is not all that bad.  Linda
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