Bloodwork / Quest Diagnostics

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10bmd10
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   Posted 3/17/2017 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Who uses Quest for their bloodwork? They've always been good to me, and I love that I get the results on through their website within a few days, and I don't have to wait for the doctor to see what's out of whack.

Well, I got bloodwork done last Friday, 3/10/17. I'm in a particularly bad flare, and still getting used to medicines, etc., so I'm particularly interested in what my bloodwork says. I haven't received any results back online through Quest. It's been a week. Am I just being greedy to expect results so soon? Usually they are available within 4-5 days. Maybe the snowstorm slowed them down?

Anyone have any insight? Just feeling like crap today and trying to look forward to something... even if that something is as simple as reading my bloodwork. I'm also about 2.5 months into plaquenil, and only getting worse. So, again just curious to see what the blood says.

I do have a rheumy apt next Friday, the 24th. I just didn't want to have to wait that long...

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January, 2017 - Doctor is toying between a UCTD and Lupus diagnosis

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Melissa D.
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   Posted 3/17/2017 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Is this the first time your Rheumy has ordered your labs with Quest? Reason I ask is some doctors do not release the results until they have reviewed them or until they have discussed them with the patient perhaps that is the case.

I think it's a normal reaction to feel anxious about our labs, especially when we're not feeling our best.

Butterflake
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   Posted 3/20/2017 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 10bmd10. I have a BS in medical technology (laboratory). I haven't worked in years, but it used to be that a lab couldn't post results until the physician reviewed them. The doc needs to make certain nothing is going to to scare the bejeebees out of the patient. There can be several reasons for a delay. For many lab tests that aren't run often the lab will wait and batch them because it's too expensive to run controls plus tech time for one test. To a tech it sometimes seemed like analyzes broke down if you yelled at them so we tried our best to talk to them kindly. An interesting thing about labs (even big labs) is everyone works in close quarters so if someone gets sick it's shared with everyone. Sometimes that leaves one person to run several tests which slows things down. So 10bmb10 there are lots of reasons your results can be delayed. I hope you have them by now. Love, your resident "lab tech" Butterflake
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10bmd10
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   Posted 3/22/2017 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Finally got the labs back... Disheartening sad Since my last labs, it was three months of my best behavior - no gluten, limited alcohol, mostly clean diet, plaquenil religiously... and everything went up sad ESR, CRP, ANA Titer, and now even my Vitamin D is super low.

See the doctor Friday... just frustrated sad And, the doctor seems super knowledgeable and able to treat me; however, his English is poor and bedside manner is worse.
January, 2017 - Doctor is toying between a UCTD and Lupus diagnosis

Plaquenil, 200mg since January 6, 2017

Gluten-free since January 5, 2017 - I don't have celiac, but doctor advised it might help with the lupus/UCTD

Upstater
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   Posted 3/22/2017 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I would be disheartened too. But remember....Plaquenil takes 4-6 months to assess for a positive effect. But, I know it's annoying to swallow a pill everyday and not expect it to work sooner. I am told ANA titer - especially if only one dilution difference....isn't supposed to be clinically significant. ESR and CRP reflect inflammation....as I am sure you know.....so it might be the Plaquenil just hasn't had enough time to do it's thing yet. It's also possible that there is something else rheumatologist can do for your symptoms.

Sorry, though, that the labs weren't more of what you wanted to see.
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