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My doctor wont check my vitamin and mineral levels

Commented on March 09, 2014
Created March 06, 2014 at 4:13 PM

What can I do about it?

I have what I believe to be Sebhorric Dermatitis on my face and scalp (which can be caused by vitamin and mineral deficencys, particually biotin, magnesium and vitamin a) brain fog, bleeding gums and Im always very tired. However, when I asked my doctor to refer me for a vitamin and mineral level check she refused, saying there are too many, and they would only do them if my other blood tests came back as abnormal.

It really annoys me that doctors usually just like to treat the symptoms. She didnt even LOOK at my scalp or face, she just printed off a little prescription for some anti fungal shampoo (with SLS in it, which isnt good for your scalp anyway)

What can I do/where can I go, for a vitamin and mineral check and a good doctor?! Do I need to see a naturopath?

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on March 09, 2014
at 11:43 PM

and no sugar for those same two weeks

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on March 06, 2014
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Kaiser gave you the test this person's doctor is suggesting. however JM63 wants a directr measurement which is expensive if the blood panel comes back in reasonable ranges.

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on March 09, 2014
at 11:42 PM

btw, i would suggest bone broth, everyday for two weeks. If not bone broth then some type of soup made with meat/bone stock. try it.

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on March 09, 2014
at 11:43 PM

and no sugar for those same two weeks

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on March 09, 2014
at 11:39 PM

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on March 07, 2014
at 12:26 AM

Your doctor probably has seen things a few times in their career, and you haven't. Particularly if this was your first visit… not surprised the doctor is going to disagree with the you (how many WebMD diagnoses do they see a day?) Not everything is connected back to diet (and if you're eating a healthy diet, vitamin deficiencies causing issues is even less likely. Even if this was a vitamin deficiency, you're very likely to come back in the normal range of the vitamin. Why? Because normal ranges are defined by the average. You could have an individual need for a vitamin in much greater quantities than the average person, but a vitamin/mineral blood test wouldn't show that.

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on March 06, 2014
at 08:02 PM

Could be a wise move on the doctors part. Just prescribing a quick fix is certainly a lot cheaper than ordering tests for things. Also quite a bit easier than strugling to fix a persons diet. Better for you...probably not.

Maybe you should run what you eat through cronometer.com and see what you come up short on. Unless you have serious symptoms of something I doubt you're deficient enough for it not to be fixed by a good diet and time.

Another note is that vitamins are quite cheap to supplement, it may be wise to just start supplementing the benign things in lower doses and see if it helps. For example, magnesium most people could use more of - from what I've seen written - , also maybe things like vitamin D, Vitamin C, even reasonable amounts of A. But again...Fix your diet. You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet, and you can't supplement your way out either.

Disclaimer: I have no clue what I'm talking about.

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on March 06, 2014
at 06:07 PM

First, get a doctor you can work with.

Second, none of your symptoms even hint at a mineral deficiency to me. If I were you doctor I would order broad panel tests to see if there are any anomalies before I ordered an expensive direct measure test that has no foundational level reason to be requested. Which is exactly what your doctor suggested.

The analogy is if I asked you to measure something you are came out with micrometer calipers. The prudent path is to grab a tape measure get a better perspective and then choose a precise tool.

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on March 06, 2014
at 05:45 PM

Depends on where you are located, but you can certainly get a test done from an online provider and have blood drawn at a participating lab. In most cases I've found traditional doctors unwilling to be guided on how to diagnose and treat you based on your input. They must hear a ton of info from internet savvy patients compared to the pre internet days.

I got a Vit D test done and paid $65 online with home test kit, having my old insurance deal with it through my doctor would have cost me more money, assuming that is that he would have prescribed it.

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on March 06, 2014
at 04:18 PM

That's so weird. I have Kaiser and as annoying as they are about refusing to treat anything but symptoms, then only with chemicals, they did a full blood panel including various vitamins and minerals right off the bat without my even asking.

I'll provide just one link that offers some anecdote and several useful links: http://paleononpaleo.com/paleo-doctors/

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on March 06, 2014
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Kaiser gave you the test this person's doctor is suggesting. however JM63 wants a directr measurement which is expensive if the blood panel comes back in reasonable ranges.

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