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rcenters
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   Posted 5/23/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious....what is the minimum kinds of diagnostic tests that would be performed on your blood sample?  For example...if you just go to the doctor, say you don't feel well(assume flu or something) and they take a blood test without any reason to do anything specific, what are the things you can always rely upon to be tested?   I'm assuming they'll always test for blood sugar and lipids/triglycerides/etc....what else?  Is anything usually tested for that isn't shown in the results copy you get?

CajunGrl
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   Posted 5/23/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a few I can think of that they normally test for are your liver enzymes(alt,ast), white blood cell count and your sedimentation rate to see if there is any inflammation there. I'm drawing a blank but I will come back if I remember everything else.

Are you wanting to get something else tested?
2003 symptoms started
2007 found an LLMD and was diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008 symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009 Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Biaxin 250mg to start,Mepron,Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements


rcenters
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   Posted 5/23/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Was thinking about requesting an adrenal sufficiency test- and curious about that in general too.

CajunGrl
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   Posted 5/23/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
You have to ask for that test and an endocrinologist usually does it. You can either do a 24 urine or a saliva test. I think they are both done 3 times within 24 hours.
2003 symptoms started
2007 found an LLMD and was diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008 symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009 Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Biaxin 250mg to start,Mepron,Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements


Razzle
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   Posted 5/23/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I would ask for the following:

CBC with Differential = red cell count, white cell counts, platelets, parameters of red blood cells, individual white cell types & counts.

CMP = Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. Includes blood sugar, electrolytes, liver enzymes (AST, ALT, Alk Phos), Kidney function (Creatinine), BUN, protein, albumin, globulin, anion gap, co2.

Triglycerides
Cholesterol - total, HDL, LDL, VLDL, ratios
Free T3, Free T4, TSH, Thyroid Antibodies
Fasting cortisol (must draw the blood as close to 8am as you can)

ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, or "Sed Rate")
CRP (C-Reactive Protein)

Autoimmune Panel (ANA w/ associated antibodies, RF, pANCA, cANCA, etc.)
Antiphospholipid Antibody screening

If they give you a hard time, ask for a referral to a Rheumatologist and then ask for these tests again.
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.


ticker
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   Posted 5/24/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi rcenters.  As I often say, I think anyone who has Lyme should have their thyroid, adrenal, and homrone levels checked.  Lyme can affect these levels.

From what I understand, saliva testing is more reliable for adrenal and hormone (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, estradiol) testing than blood tests although many doctors do not agree.  My doctor used ZRT for saliva testing http://www.salivatest.com/  It has helped me a lot to have this testing done.  Many endocrinologists only test for extreme adrenal problems such as Addison's and cannot help with adrenal fatigue.

 

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