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no health insurance but wanting blood work

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I had blood work done in November of 2010 (and paid cash for. so expensive for me!) which indicated moderately elevated levels of testosterone for a female, extremely low levels of Vitamin D (3) and a positive result for some type of autoimmune disease (Dr. was thinking it was mixed connective tissue disease but wanted more blood work done to determine exactly.) I received a diagnosis of PCOS (which was previously diagnosed in 1998) but the autoimmune diagnosis was never confirmed due to my lack of insurance to get more tests run...

I've been paleo for 6 weeks now and feel like a (nearly) brand new woman. My inflammation and stiff joints are non existent and I've lost a little weight, mostly around my belly. I currently weigh 265 and would like to lose 100 pounds to reach my goal. I've been fat my entire life... no exaggeration.

I'm pretty sure my adrenals are burnt out, shriveled up and crying.

If I don't have insurance but was going to fork out some more cash for some blood work, what would be essential to get tested? Do I need to get any more tests done? Should I wait a while to get any tests done?

My quality of life has suffered for 31 years. I'm tired of it. I want to live like everyone else.

Thanks for being awesome. I appreciate any and all responses.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 14, 2011
at 01:16 AM

agree. Dr. Lutz stated if you stay at 72 grams of carbs a day you will have perfect blood sugar and in effect perfect everything else, no tests needed. Follow the best plan on earth and you're all set.

254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:14 PM

mth, Yes, thank you. That's what I should have written in my answer above...this is exactly what the journalist did. Good information!

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:29 PM

You have to go here: http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/Hormone-Testing.htm

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Dr. Quilt, LEF doesn't seem to offer Reverse T3. Know any place that does?

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

(1081)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:26 PM

This site just seems to sell supplements... where does it let you order tests at?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on June 14, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Define expensive for you.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 14, 2011
at 05:25 PM

if i had the means to have health insurance, i would.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Unrelated suggestion: health-insurance is a pretty darn good thing, consider one :)

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Completely non-medical opinion: if you feel better and are improving the way you feel and lowering your weight (given that is your goal), why waste money getting tested now? I'd say keep on trucking and get a test 6 months in or so?

Also congrats! I'd bet 90% of people who make it to 6 weeks make it to 6 months. The first month or so is the hardest, in my opinion.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 14, 2011
at 01:16 AM

agree. Dr. Lutz stated if you stay at 72 grams of carbs a day you will have perfect blood sugar and in effect perfect everything else, no tests needed. Follow the best plan on earth and you're all set.

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on June 14, 2011
at 08:47 PM

I don't know the answer to your test question but I have a doctor hack for you.

Before going to the doctor, ask if you can get a discount for paying cash up front and make it clear there is no insurance company to deal with - that you are paying for everything with cash and want to know how much it will cost. I have a health savings account coupled with insurance and have found that when I ask before going, I am able to save 30 to 50% from what I was being charged pre-asking - my health dollars go much further since I found this out.

Your experience may vary, but since it's just tests that any lab will do, shop around.

254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

(822)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:14 PM

mth, Yes, thank you. That's what I should have written in my answer above...this is exactly what the journalist did. Good information!

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on June 14, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Try going to Planned Parenthood. They are all about Women's health and work with a sliding scale. And, they have really good doctors who often work down the street for the expensive For Profit hospitals.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:53 PM

Go to LEF.org and order them. You dont need a doctor to get them any longer. Good Luck!

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Dr. Quilt, LEF doesn't seem to offer Reverse T3. Know any place that does?

332d9f75d1077abafff6887681f6b130

(1081)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:26 PM

This site just seems to sell supplements... where does it let you order tests at?

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on June 14, 2011
at 08:29 PM

You have to go here: http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/Hormone-Testing.htm

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254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

(822)

on June 14, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Julie,

I would echo Pax's suggestion of waiting. If you feel that there are overt symptoms of a particular disease, you could look at augmenting your diet to help rectify those things (as an aging athlete, I'm readily changing my diet to focus on my testosterone levels). Look at doing the Whole30 program. It's amazing what your body can do to fix itself if not having to battle a constant barrage of inflammatory conditions.

Also, look around on the Internet for a story written by a journalist who tried going a year without insurance, but didn't want to skimp on preventative medical care (e.g. check-ups). He indicated that his doctors were very willing to reduce fees and set up payment plans for a number of his medical needs. Some doctors are owners in lab testing facilities, which might make your desire for blood work more feasible if they're willing to work with you. Just a thought if you feel like you still want to have this done. Good luck!

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F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

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on September 14, 2011
at 01:18 AM

hospitals and such have health fairs all the time for cheap blood work, basic chem and cardiac stuff, runs $50, look for one of those. check out http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/ to heal any adrenal fatigue you may have.

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on June 14, 2011
at 11:34 PM

You can order your own labs using online lab brokerage sites such as:

http://www.privatemdlabs.com/index.php

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