Where can I get all my blood work done?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by claudiaw, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    I want stress hormones, vitamins, everything!

    There are no FFC here in Nashville.

    I feel like if I could go to one place, get tested for everything, then I would not be guessing all the time as to what to take.

    I don't know of any good doc's , conventional or otherwise.

    My rhuemy keep's forgetting to test my liver count, much less test anything else.

    anyone see an endocronologist for FM? Seem's to me that our hormones and nuerotransmitter's should be tracked.

    thanks in advance for any help. I will definately read responses, but most likely not answer.

    As some of you may know by now, typing is very difficult for me, but I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to respond.

    Thanks again,

    claudia
  2. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    Anyone there?

    I'll check back tomarrow.

    Thanks,

    Claudia
    [This Message was Edited on 06/08/2006]
  3. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

  4. mrsjethro

    mrsjethro New Member

    I'm only a couple of hours drive from you. The nurse practitioner that I see ordered a blood workup for me a few weeks ago and seemed really surprised that no one had ordered these tests before. I'm not sure if I'm referring to the exact same thing as you, but she did check hormone levels along with many other things and also did a urinalysis as well. She indicated that my hormone level was good, that my potassium level was low, and various other things I've forgotten since then. Have you approached your regular doctor with the list of things you'd like to be tested for? My NP has fm, mps and lupus herself so she understands the pain and symptoms that I have and actually sits down and discusses my treatment options with me instead of herding me through like cattle (like the other doctors have in the past). I'd be happy to give you her information if you'd like, but I would probably try just asking my regular doc first and see what kind of response you get from him/her, if you haven't already. I know how some doctors seem to just dismiss us as mental cases or pill freaks, but I think I've actually found a winner here. Let me know if you need her info. Hope you find what you are needing soon!! Take care...
  5. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    Thanks for the ideas.

    I will try both.:)

    Claudia
  6. winsomme

    winsomme New Member

    if you want to get extensive testing it might be worth travelling..

    the trouble is alot of even CFS DRs have their own focus and ideas..


    it sounds like the FFC does probably the most testing, so maybe you could travel to the nearest one...

    i could give you the names of other CFS Docs, but most of them have their own area of interest.

    thanks
    bill
  7. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Can't your primary care doc give you a lab request for all of these tests that you want and just go to your local hospital? Normally, if the hospital can't perform certain lab work at their own facilities, they send your blood off to some lab that can.
  8. mimilove

    mimilove New Member

    Claudia...

    Looks like we have the same idea. I just hate the fact to be after my Dr. like that. Hell, I should have been a Dr. I wouldn't have let my patients down like that.

    I took care of over 450 clients without even a computer, kept everything in my head......never once forgot what I had to do for a single one of them. My brain worked like a computer, I couldn't forget anything even if you paid me. Now I can't remember, even if you paid me :{

    I wish my Dr. was like I was. I hate having to ask and be told "oh, you don't have that" How do you know? Maybe I just want to know for my own inquisitive mind, makes me feel better.

    Freaking Dr. looked at my husband's testicles and told him "you don't have cancer!" And I bet you if my husband ended up having cancer, his comeback would be, well at that particular second and instance, looking at his testicles in my medical opinion he did not. And you know the ironical thing would be...he'd be right! From a visual standpoint which is my argument with those people all the time.

    Did not mean to get off, but I would love to go somewhere and get my stuff done because I want to and not be judged for it, maybe some advise would be nice.

    mimi
  9. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    i don't travel well, and don't have the $ to go to a FFc, as i hear insurance does not cover it. To be honest all I would want from them is bloodwork and I knmow they would want me to keep coming back.

    I haven't seen my GP in yrs., I have to go bring her up to date on the past 4 yrs.! She doesn't have a long enough appt.!:)

    I will be seeing her again, because now that I got my SS disability, I think I will faze my rhuemy out. He is not doing anything my GP can't do. I went to him for the SS crew. They want to see you are going to a specialist.

    The GP that first dx me, gives me the same med's I'm still on with my rhuemy and he's farther away.

    I have found when I bring up bloodwork, most say it is not neccessary to test me. they did a ANA and test for RA and I have had MRI, EMG, etc.

    I want to know about hormones ( I will ask gyno when I see her in fall)vitamin levels, thyroid ( comes back normal, but I know it isn't)cortisol, etc.

    I have done some test's by mail, but can't afford that anymore, i need to to use my insurance.

    i am tired of having to doctor myself, my hubby and I know more than most doc's.

    We have done ALOT of studying, which I asked my rhuemy about. he said he is not interested in studying about FM and possible causes, he just presrcibes whatever, newest, greatest med is.

    it would be nice to find a curious doctor, who is interested in finding a cure, but not afraid to treat symptoms with whatever I need to be comfortable in the meantime.

    That is my fairy tale dream.:)

    Claudia
  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I hope your search is not in vein.
  11. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    Thanks, I think.:)

    You don't sound too hopeful.:)
    Claudia