What should I get tested?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I've made a post about my sclera being blue and fingernails being blue and pale, toenails having beau's lines(they are gone now) and I went to the optometrist a few days ago. She checked my vision and it is perdect. As I thought, she said it is something systemic that is causing it. She said to go get my thyroid checked,asked if I was anemic and to go get my iron levels checked. I want to mention that I was vegetarian for about a year and a half and raw vegan for a year/under a year(can't remember)(while not meeting my caloric needs severely).She also asked if I had any heart problems when I was a baby, but I was born healthy according to my mom. The doctor mentioned heart murmurs. Anyways, I will be seeing my family physician next week and want to know what I should get tested. In my vegetarian days I had panic attacks and heart palpitations and had my heart checked, everything was normal. Any vitamins, minerals specifically? Any other things to get tested?

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:41 PM

Your optometrist was right. The obvious one to check here is iron.

You're a premenopausal female and were a vegan, both are risk factors for iron deficiency.

Start with these:

  • complete blood count
  • serum iron
  • ferritin
  • total iron binding capacity


As a first test, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is fine.


  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • C-reactive protein

Nice to haves:

Calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin-D)


on April 27, 2012
at 11:58 AM

If you're going to get a bunch of things tested anyway, it's probably not a bad idea to throw in a Vit D test.

I won't go so far as to say it is the cause of your problem, but I think it's a good thing to know.

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