OK, so I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of Western medicine. But I happen to have a doc who is pretty sympathetic to my "all-natural" philosophies, and she's willing to order some blood work for me. I'd like to take her up on the offer, since it'll be mostly covered by insurance. My symptoms (restless legs, muscle pain, hair loss, chronically inflamed sinuses, headaches) suggest perhaps hypothyroid, heavy metal toxicity, food allergies may be an issue. Anyone have some blood work they would recommend so I can get to the bottom of this? I'm thinking testing Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iodine levels would be in order. What do you think? BTW: IT'S THURSDAY, AND MY APPOINTMENT IS TOMORROW. (Sorry for the last minute shuffle! My excuse is that I have a very busy toddler!) Thanks in advance for any insights, Paleohacks!
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on May 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM
Given what you report, here's what I would order:
- serum iron
- transferrin OR total iron-binding capacity
- c-reactive protein
Do not mess around with just a ferritin test, it often doesn't tell you enough.
Nice to haves while you are at it:
- 25(OH)D (calcidiol)
Please do follow up with your results, it can help others!