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Lisalea
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What should we be asking for in this day and age when we go for a yearly general check-up as far as blood tests r concerned ... etc ??

My doctor seems so blase and needless to say, I find him ignorant and don't have too much faith in him actually and it's unfortunate for me ...  
I always feel the need to ask him a gazillion questions, which he usually doesn't seem to have concrete/intelligent/ logical answers to; hence he usually brushes it off with something like;
Oh, that's just things that happen at times as u continue to age ... etc ... I'm only 43 ... not 93 !!!!!
How frustrating !!!
Thanks so much  


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Lisalea...would ya mind if  you'd change the doc If you can't trust him...better to have an for someone else
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What should we be asking for in this day and age when we go for a yearly general check-up as far as blood tests r concerned ... etc ??

My doctor seems so blase and needless to say, I find him ignorant and don't have too much faith in him actually and it's unfortunate for me ...  Thanks so much  

Unfortunately, I think this is the normal experience of a patient with the health care system today.  I DETEST my primary care doctor.  Only one I detest more is the one I had for exactly one visit before her.  After years of experiencing the health care system, I've decided that it is okay and a natural response to be prejudiced against doctors because "prejudice" means that I am pre-judging them based on, in this case, prior experience.  Sounds fair to me!  And my prejudice is as follows:  Doctors (in general) are arrogant, condescending, uncaring, dismissive arses who hate to be questioned and what they hate most of all is a patient who wants a collaborative health care partner instead of someone to write them out a prescription and be completely inaccessible.

I would suggest things to ask, but if your doctor is like mine, s/he actively, clearly and quite hostiley discourages the asking of questions, as does her office staff.  So thar ya go.  I don't have much positive to offer/say on this topic.  My view is, if your doctor fits into the above-referenced category of dismissive, condescending arse, feel free to jettison her or him and go to another one.  I plan to do this eventually, but I also don't hold out any hope that my next one will be any better.





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Lisalea
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Lisalea...would ya mind if  you'd change the doc If you can't trust him...better to have an for someone else


I wish that I could, beleive me !!
however; it is impossible to find a new doctor as most of them do NOT take on new patients; hence, it's this guy or nothing ... unless I go to a Clinic but those doctors r always in a rush and overloaded as it is ... argh ... I just want to make sure that I have the complete bloodtests that r required to see if anything is out of balance ... etc ... then I'll take that to a Naturopath and go from there  

Thank-u  Tomatilla  


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Hopefully italybound will chime in here. She's got a handle of what tests to ask for.


It is not my responsibility to convince anyone of anything.
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Lisalea
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if your doctor fits into the above-referenced category of dismissive, condescending arse, feel free to jettison her or him and go to another one


Thanks for taking the words right out of my mouth !!!

Unfortunately, it's NOT easy trying to find another doctor ...

I'm VERY discouraged and don't feel safe in any way, shape or form with this medicare
system/doctors ; our lives r pretty much in danger if u ask me " if " God forbid something is really wrong with us



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what's about to go and see our big maischdda Go to him , you can't get a better-one
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what's about to go and see our big maischdda Go to him , you can't get a better-one




Who ??


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My 2 cents: I suspect that she's referring to visiting Dr. D'Adamo himself!
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lisalea, it really depends on what your insurance will cover, what you are looking to 'discover' and how thorough you would like to be.

this is a link to CBC  (complete blood count)        it will tell you for what all they test
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cbc/test.html.

Big things are your electrolytes (sodim, potassium,  chloride, and bicarbonate.)
http://www.medicinenet.com/electrolytes/article.htm

calcium, magnesium
if you're interested in your hormones - estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, aldosterone
I tested for B5, B6, B12, Vit E, Vit K, Vit C

Iron, ferritin, transferrin, folate
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ferritin/test.html
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tibc/glance.html
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/vitamin_b12/glance.html
                            ^
This page right here    is great to look up all kinds of tests. Most of the stuff I've listed here, I noticed are on this page........just use the TESTS drop down list

TSH, free T3, free T4 - thyroid tests (and everyone should get this done IMO)

Cortisol and DHEA - must be done NO LATER than 2 hours after rising - the proper way to test for cortisol is 4 times a day, but that's impossible w/ blood because you need one at around midnight........... 8AM, 12-1PM and around 5PM I think would be ok.........might want to do a little research on your own on the times........I wouldnt trust the lab to know.     DHEA I think you test twice for - but they should use the draw they do for the cortisol to this test. My NP actually just had me test for DHEAS
ACTH is another test you can do for adrenals (also on the lab tests on line site

CRP  tests for  the presence of inflammation - used for heart testing alot of times

A1c is for blood sugar - I think it does a 3 mth picture.
Blood glucose - fasting - nothing to drink or eat except maybe a sip of water

HDL, LDL

There are so many things you could test for and that site aboves has tons of things. If you can tell me for what you are specifically interested, I kin hep ya out.  



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My 2 cents: I suspect that she's referring to visiting Dr. D'Adamo himself!


Thats what I thought ...  just wanted to make sure  


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lisalea, it really depends on what your insurance will cover, what you are looking to 'discover' and how thorough you would like to be.

this is a link to CBC  (complete blood count)        it will tell you for what all they test
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cbc/test.html.

Big things are your electrolytes (sodim, potassium,  chloride, and bicarbonate.)
http://www.medicinenet.com/electrolytes/article.htm

calcium, magnesium
if you're interested in your hormones - estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, aldosterone
I tested for B5, B6, B12, Vit E, Vit K, Vit C

Iron, ferritin, transferrin, folate
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ferritin/test.html
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tibc/glance.html
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/vitamin_b12/glance.html
                            ^
This page right here    is great to look up all kinds of tests. Most of the stuff I've listed here, I noticed are on this page........just use the TESTS drop down list

TSH, free T3, free T4 - thyroid tests (and everyone should get this done IMO)

Cortisol and DHEA - must be done NO LATER than 2 hours after rising - the proper way to test for cortisol is 4 times a day, but that's impossible w/ blood because you need one at around midnight........... 8AM, 12-1PM and around 5PM I think would be ok.........might want to do a little research on your own on the times........I wouldnt trust the lab to know.     DHEA I think you test twice for - but they should use the draw they do for the cortisol to this test. My NP actually just had me test for DHEAS
ACTH is another test you can do for adrenals (also on the lab tests on line site

CRP  tests for  the presence of inflammation - used for heart testing alot of times

A1c is for blood sugar - I think it does a 3 mth picture.
Blood glucose - fasting - nothing to drink or eat except maybe a sip of water

HDL, LDL

There are so many things you could test for and that site aboves has tons of things. If you can tell me for what you are specifically interested, I kin hep ya out.  



Thanks for this great info and sites !!!  

My last test results were:
TSH = 1.79    
LDL-C = 1.47  Low
TIBC = 76  High
HGM = 32.5  High

Nothing seemed really balanced; either too high or too low


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This thread has got me wondering - when should you start to go for annual check ups?  

I am 29 and haven't been to the doctor for years.  Fortunately I do not have any health concerns as such.  Over the last ten years or so I only ever went to the local GP practice to register whenever I have moved to a different city - never to see anybody about my health as such.  

Registering with a new GP normally entails the nurse taking your blood pressure and a urine sample and queries about your and your family's medical history and habits and that's it.  Needless to say nothing has ever shown up in those.  

But as far as blood tests go I think I had the last aged eleven when they wanted to test my rubella antibody levels to check if I needed to get the vaccine or not!  Since then the only blood anybody has ever tested was when I give blood...

Just wondering when people start having regular check ups and what to get checked?

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This thread has got me wondering - when should you start to go for annual check ups?  

I am 29 and haven't been to the doctor for years.  Fortunately I do not have any health concerns as such.  Over the last ten years or so I only ever went to the local GP practice to register whenever I have moved to a different city - never to see anybody about my health as such.  

Registering with a new GP normally entails the nurse taking your blood pressure and a urine sample and queries about your and your family's medical history and habits and that's it.  Needless to say nothing has ever shown up in those.  

But as far as blood tests go I think I had the last aged eleven when they wanted to test my rubella antibody levels to check if I needed to get the vaccine or not!  Since then the only blood anybody has ever tested was when I give blood...

Just wondering when people start having regular check ups and what to get checked?





Hi,

If u feel good, eat a healthy balanced diet, r in shape and have no ailments (pains, aches) ... etc ... and give blood regularly then u're fine IMHO, since they're VERY strict about giving blood and making sure that u're in balance and ur blood is healthy; they check thoroughly, especially since u're blood will be going to another person

Hopefully u'll never have to visit a doctors office; continued great health


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Well I do suffer with aches and pains on occasion but these can always be attributed to ingesting avoids, lack of sleep or exercise and such like.  As long as I address these causes the aches and pains subside!


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This thread has got me wondering - when should you start to go for annual check ups?  

I am 29 and haven't been to the doctor for years.  Fortunately I do not have any health concerns as such.  Over the last ten years or so I only ever went to the local GP practice to register whenever I have moved to a different city - never to see anybody about my health as such.  

Registering with a new GP normally entails the nurse taking your blood pressure and a urine sample and queries about your and your family's medical history and habits and that's it.  Needless to say nothing has ever shown up in those.  

But as far as blood tests go I think I had the last aged eleven when they wanted to test my rubella antibody levels to check if I needed to get the vaccine or not!  Since then the only blood anybody has ever tested was when I give blood...

Just wondering when people start having regular check ups and what to get checked?



Make sure you are visiting a GYN for annual pap tests.  I am living proof that these exams save lives!!!  Also, mammograms are needed beginning at age 40, but a self-exam should be performed monthly.  


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Oh yes I agree totally; a gynacologist is something else altogether !!
I've had one since my early twenties  
I go for a yearly checkup and more if need be ...
Cheers  


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Oh yes I agree totally; a gynacologist is something else altogether !!
I've had one since my early twenties  
I go for a yearly checkup and more if need be ...
Cheers  


Good for you!  Glad to hear that!      I know people who don't go and think they'll know if something is wrong.  Because of my own personal experience, I like to spread the word about the importance of both exams.   Some problems "whisper", but many of us ignore the subtle signs.

BTD, however, has taught me to listen to the "whispers" of other areas as well...such as what you feel after eating an "avoid"!  


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he-he-heee I am only going to see such a whitecoat to get my own testresults  benedicted by him; a form of selfcontrole ...but if not... nobody of those will ever treat me in whatsoever .....that's not a  bet, but a guaranty  

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Good for you!  Glad to hear that!      I know people who don't go and think they'll know if something is wrong.  Because of my own personal experience, I like to spread the word about the importance of both exams.   Some problems "whisper", but many of us ignore the subtle signs.

BTD, however, has taught me to listen to the "whispers" of other areas as well...such as what you feel after eating an "avoid"!  


Indeed, only we can know if something is off since nobody knows
our bodies BEST than ourselves  
Thanks for sharing veggiegirl and keep spreading the word  


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he-he-heee I am only going to see such a whitecoat to get my own testresults  benedicted by him; a form of selfcontrole ...but if not... nobody of those will ever treat me in whatsoever .....that's not a  bet, but a guaranty  



Ur posts always make me smile !!


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Make sure you are visiting a GYN for annual pap tests.  


Well in the UK and on the NHS it doesn't work like that.  You get a smear test administered by a nurse in your local GP practice and are called back every three years.  GPs are your first port of call for reproductive health concerns in general but you may be referred to the local hospital to see a consultant as required.  You cannot see a specialist unless you are referred by your GP though.

My mother had breast cancer so I am fairly diligent about self examining!

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Well in the UK and on the NHS it doesn't work like that.  You get a smear test administered by a nurse in your local GP practice and are called back every three years.  GPs are your first port of call for reproductive health concerns in general but you may be referred to the local hospital to see a consultant as required.  You cannot see a specialist unless you are referred by your GP though.

My mother had breast cancer so I am fairly diligent about self examining!


I can only speak for my personal experience here in the U. S.    Thanks for explaining how it works in the UK.  And, I'm glad you're taking preventative measures as well !  


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