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Do GPs test amino acids?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Gavman, May 14, 2012.

  1. Gavman

    Gavman Senior Member

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    Same as title: Do GPs test amino acids?
     
  2. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    One that's willing to test amino acids in a ME patient is a good one indeed. Some docs aren't good or understanding, but they don't mind ordering simple blood or urine tests.

    I found this on a lab's site:
    "Common indications for urine amino acid testing include clinical situations such as: 1) acute life-threatening episode, 2) failure to thrive, 3) recurrent vomiting, 4) neurological deterioration, 5) hyperammonemia, 6) lethargy, 7) metabolic acidosis, 8) testing or following therapy for a specific inborn error of metabolism (PKU, MSUD, tyrosinemia, etc.), and 9) kidney stones. Listing of clinical information is particularly important for appropriate interpretation."

    If asking a doc I would be prepared with reasons. Point out that "lethargy" is a reason? Better if you had one of those other reasons like kidney stones would make it simple to convince the doc.
     
  3. Valentijn

    Valentijn The Diabolic Logic

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    A naturopath or integrative doctor would almost definitely test amino acids.
     
  4. Gavman

    Gavman Senior Member

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    I want medicare to pay for it. Their other tests haven't showed up jack. :p
    Good thinking SoS, will try.
     
  5. hixxy

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    Medicare won't pay for it. I even asked my doctor about amino acid analysis on Monday. The number of things medicare will pay for is gradually shrinking. You can't get much of anything useful via medicare anymore.

    Things I've noticed you can't have done recently:

    Vit D (you must have been diagnosed osteoporosis -- apparently Vit D only affects the bones!)
    T3 or T4 (you must been on thyroid replacement or have abnormal TSH)
    Sex hormones (this is iffy, sometimes they will, sometimes they won't)
     
  6. Googsta

    Googsta Doing Well

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    Vitamin D are you kidding!!!! We are in the middle of an epidemic here, everyone I know of who has been tested is very deficient & many of them get plenty of sun exposure.

    I had my husband & I tested but I had to twist the docs arm, I thought it was just my hopeless doctor. I guess the hospitals are going to be even further inundated with broken bones, infections etc in the future o_O

    Good luck Gavman, let us know if it works!
     
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    hixxy Senior Member

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    It's getting ridiculous. Medicare is being crippled to the point of uselessness.
     
  8. acer2000

    acer2000 Senior Member

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    I know this thread is 4 years old, but Medicare does pay for amino acid tests. My Dr has done them on me through Labcorp on plasma, urine, and CSF. The trouble is finding someone to interpret them. But they can be done.
     

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