So I'm in my mid twenties and never had bloodwork done. I'm looking to get some done just to see where I stand on everything. I've been in contact with my doctor, haven't gone in to see them yet. But, they basically told me the insurance company will not cover anything besides basic blood work (unless I have specific problems going on). I don't know much about the process or anything, but based on my research here and other websites this is what I wanted to get:
-Comprehensive metabolic panel
Test Thyroid (got this off of Chris Kresser's site)
Rest of these tests I got off of threads here/Kurt Harris
-25 Hydroxy vitamin D
-Fasting glucose (I think this is in the comprehensive metabolic panel)
-Serum ferritin level
-Omega 3 index
So my questions
1) Is any of this "standard" bloodwork?
2) For the tests that aren't, any recommendations for getting my insurance to cover it?
3) Am I missing any tests, or have I listed any that I shouldn't get?
What has sparked me to getting my blood work done is a nighttime urination thing related to protein intake: http://paleohacks.com/questions/57032/what-do-i-eat-protein-makes-me-pee-all-night#axzz1cORXNw1A
I also suck at falling asleep
I'm assuming I could parlay some of these "symptoms" into getting a lot of what I want done?
Thanks!!! Any tips at all please.
asked byKyle_1 (1363)
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on November 16, 2011
at 01:56 AM
I agree with all your comments 100%. I have a very similar situation in that I'm in my mid-twenties, suspect a lot of things are wrong with me, but really need testing to tell me exactly what they are. When you ask any doctor to get more extensive testing they just say you're young and don't need it, as if young people can't develop severe health problems. Insurance only pays for the standard CBC, which tells you absolutely nothing. So we have a problem of doctors in America ordering too many unnecessary tests (not entirely their fault due to malpractice insurance), but almost never the ones patients need such as testing for cortisol, thyroid levels, organic acids from bacterial overgrowth, vit D levels, omega 6/3 ratio, and much more. Yet we wonder why healthcare costs are a problem in this country. Imagine how much money we'd save as a country if most doctors ordered the right tests, gave the right treatments, and their patients didn't have to keep coming back? For your sleep problems, there are some answers here http://paleohacks.com/questions/75018/improving-sleep-quality/75142#75142.
on December 07, 2011
at 02:39 PM
The secret is....... When they ask you how you feel, don't say fine! Say that you are tired and depressed all the time. This will trigger them to order many more test than they would have. Then you have to insist on all the good ones that they forget. eg. the entire thyroid panel, the vap etc. You have to give them a REASON to go beyond basic. Especially if you are young and healthy. Then when they can't find why you are "tired and depressed" keep complaining and get more tests. Of course if they offer you any Western Medicine interventions, refuse them ,and keep eating Paleo!
on November 15, 2011
at 06:59 PM
Why not just go see Dr Kresser (he works thru Skype.) He has a standard of tests he run's and it all run's about $600 (check his site.) Even if you pay for your lab works chances are your Dr won't be able to find anything wrong as he isn't up to date on all this stuff.
on December 07, 2011
at 02:08 PM
I don't know that the HBA1C test is all that valuable. Robb Wolf has backed off of that one, based on the life of red blood cells when living this lifestyle. Look into it -- that may be one that you can cross off of your list.
on November 01, 2011
at 05:25 PM
I'd have a look at direct to consumer testing. I just had some blood drawn today for a chemistry panel (including lipids) with CBC and urinalysis which cost me around $50. Getting all that, paying out of pocket was cheaper than my insurance copay for just a standard lipid profile. There are a number of retailers online where you can order from a pretty wide variety of tests. LEF seems to be the cheapest but it doesn't really matter since all they do is sell the test, LabCorp (it's almost always LabCorp) does the draws and testing.
on November 01, 2011
at 04:09 PM
for the urination thing, try adding salt. for the sleep issue, try getting an golite (brand is apollo or philips) which emits blue light. you set yourself by looking at it for 15 minutes. Then at that time 24 hours later, you will wake up. The blue light helps you set your circadian rhythms. don't eat at night, that throws off your circadian rhythms.
if you have to pay out of pocket, you could get the vitamin D test from zrtlabs.com.