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Created May 04, 2012 at 3:48 AM

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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Great, I am looking forward to hearing your report. I'll have more to add then.

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at 11:25 PM

Thanks Stephen. I'm in the waiting room right now, so this comes just in time! I'll report back later!

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on May 04, 2012
at 01:01 PM

+1 on Ferritin testing. Creatinine levels are also important. Serum calcium levels too, but most standard tests include that. Both IgG and IgE allergy testing are needed to get a more accurate picture of food allergies.

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at 07:33 AM

Sorry I'm not going to be much help, but if you find out what the cause of your chronically inflamed sinuses is then please let me know. I suffer from this too and Paleo has only helped a tiny bit - it still makes me miserable (just not quite as miserable as pre-paleo). Good luck with your appointment

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at 07:30 AM

Ferritin (iron) and homocysteine are good ones to check if you ask me.

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121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

on May 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Given what you report, here's what I would order:

  • CBC
  • ferritin
  • 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:

  • TSH
  • 25(OH)D (calcidiol)

Please do follow up with your results, it can help others!

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on May 04, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Thanks Stephen. I'm in the waiting room right now, so this comes just in time! I'll report back later!

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

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on May 05, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Great, I am looking forward to hearing your report. I'll have more to add then.

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on June 01, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Make sure to get the magnesium rbc test and not just the regular (in the blood) test.

Mike

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