Where To Get Blood Tests Done?
Posted 14 June 2004 - 05:50 PM
It's been a whlie since I've been here,but I'm glad to be back. Reading and learning here has been so helpful to me. I took myself off gluten 2 yrs. ago bec. someone suggested it might help me.I was suffering from constant gas,bloating,cramps,and constipation.Going gluten-free seemed to help but i didn't give me enough relief.
I went to a new GI dr. in Oct. and he listened to me list of symptoms and said I have IBS w/C.He gave me Zelnorm and that was it.I came home and researched what to do to help the IBS.The diet I found has made me feel so much better.
So I asked my dr. to do a new blood test to see if maybe I don't have celiac disease.(prev. tests were neg. but I had been gluten-free) Anyway,I ant to be sure this is done rt.
I see that certain labs are suggested as being better able to give accurate results.Does anyone know how I can have my blood work checked there? The dr.'s nurse said I could have it done anywhere,but not in his office.
Hope someone has some ideas.Thanks so much,Suzy
Posted 15 June 2004 - 08:25 AM
Posted 15 June 2004 - 08:32 AM
Gluten Free since 12-31-2002!!
Posted 15 June 2004 - 09:08 AM
:-) Hugs, Carol B (just curious, not putting anyone down)
Posted 19 June 2004 - 06:33 AM
Thanks for your helpful ideas.
I had Entrolab do my gene tests,but wasn't brave enough to do the stool test.
Since I have been doing so well lately I am questioning whether I really have celiac disease. The IBS idiet I am on is what I term the
A.F.M.C.C.C.IF(AVOID FATS,MILK,CAFFEINE,CHOCOLATE AND USE CAUTION W/INSOLUBLE FIBER--insoluable fiber needs to be cooked and eaten only w/soluable fiber) diet.
I am now adding gluten products so I can be retested.
It seems so strange to me that I can now eat these things w/out having a reaction.
Really makes me wonder if I only have IBS.
I figured I'd just do this challenge fr 3 months and then have blood work done to see.
Now I am wondering if I should go ahead and have the stool test done,or if since I am doing so well to just go w/the blood tests.
I saw that there are 4 or 5 places that are reliable for having the tests done,but none are near me.
Was just wondering if there is a way to have the blood drawn locally and sent to them(then again I know nothing about medical stuff so don't know if this is feasible)
Posted 19 June 2004 - 06:48 AM
Posted 19 June 2004 - 09:03 AM
European doctors, who are much more advanced in studying this disease, are starting to develop stool tests themselves, and are using a peer reviewed and scientifically accepted way of going about it, so there may be other stool tests available in the future, and it may possibly vindicate Dr. Fine's tests.
Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy
G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 01:38 PM
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