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Vitamin, Mineral, Iron, Thyroid Etc... Tests. Which Ones?

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This will be my first doc appt. since self diagnosis. I'm seeing a competent NP. My appt. is on Wednesday & I'm trying to get my list together of all the tests I need to have run. I know I need thyroid & vit. levels & such but I know you guys have mentioned specific tests in those regards such as not just TSH but X & X & X, & not just iron level but X & X & X to get true readings so I ask your help in specifying the particular tests I need to have done.

Thanks in advance!smile.gif

Oh! I also have a fatty liver which showed up on a abdominal CT scan I had in late 2010. What liver panel should I have?

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This will be my first doc appt. since self diagnosis. I'm seeing a competent NP. My appt. is on Wednesday & I'm trying to get my list together of all the tests I need to have run. I know I need thyroid & vit. levels & such but I know you guys have mentioned specific tests in those regards such as not just TSH but X & X & X, & not just iron level but X & X & X to get true readings so I ask your help in specifying the particular tests I need to have done.

Thanks in advance!smile.gif

Oh! I also have a fatty liver which showed up on a abdominal CT scan I had in late 2010. What liver panel should I have?

As a new doctor, I would assume that he/she would order a full Metabolic Panel. And if any abnormalities would show up, then, a more specific test could be ordered.

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As a new doctor, I would assume that he/she would order a full Metabolic Panel. And if any abnormalities would show up, then, a more specific test could be ordered.

A CMP (Complete metabolic panel) won't show vitamins....good luck

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This will be my first doc appt. since self diagnosis. I'm seeing a competent NP. My appt. is on Wednesday & I'm trying to get my list together of all the tests I need to have run. I know I need thyroid & vit. levels & such but I know you guys have mentioned specific tests in those regards such as not just TSH but X & X & X, & not just iron level but X & X & X to get true readings so I ask your help in specifying the particular tests I need to have done.

Thanks in advance!smile.gif

Oh! I also have a fatty liver which showed up on a abdominal CT scan I had in late 2010. What liver panel should I have?

Liver function should be part of a complete metabolic panel.

Along with TSH, you could ask for Free T3 and Free T4. If you haven't been suspicious of thyroid issues, TSH might be okay by itself but the Frees will head off any brewing trouble.

For iron, you can ask them to include serum ferritin. That is storage iron, you'll often go low on that before you'll show anemic on the usual tests.

You would probably need to ask for a full vitamin/mineral panel if you want to know more than Vit. D, Vit. B12, potassium and chloride.

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What I was tested for:

Vitamin D

B12

Folate

Iron, full anemia panel including ferritin

TSH, T3 and T4, autoimmune thyroid (Hashimotos)

My iron and folate dropped AFTER going gluten free ( in 3 months time) so I am now taking iron and a good B complex in addition to vitamin D.

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Squirmy,

My GI doctor does the following tests every 3 -4 months as part of my follow-up care:

CMP

CBC

Sed Rate

C-reactive protein

Ferritin storage level

TSH

Free T3, T4

FOLATE (mine was tanked at DX)**make sure she runs that one--it is often overlooked and causes various symptoms for celiacs.

Vit B-12 (ditto)

Vit D (double ditto)

Vitamin levels must be specifically requested on lab tests--up here in NY and through insurance companies--but your doctor may have a different procedure to follow in FL.

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Thank you everyone!

I didn't want to miss anything & have to go back. I hate the going back.biggrin.gif

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