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Labs at Cost--What to ask for?

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by leela, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. leela

    leela Slow But Hopeful

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    Hi all,
    I have the opportunity to do labs at cost (thus only tests available through non-specialty labs)
    and I wonder what I should ask my new doc (not an ME specilialist) to run?

    Are Organic acids/Amino acids/cortisol something that is done through labs like Quest or
    what have you?

    What other tests should I ask for? NK cell function? I'm drawing a blank.

    Suggestions most welcome.
  2. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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  3. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

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    Here's my list of basic initial testing...you could check against Quest or Labcorp's testing menu.

    I've heard good things about the saliva cortisol panel at Labcorp though have not used it myself. I would not bother with Lyme testing other than with IgeneX or Neuroscience.

    You could certainly also add NK cell function or CD4/8 testing on as well.

    Tests:
    Basic/Vits/Mins:

    Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
    Vitamin D
    Vitamin B12/MMA
    Magnesium
    Full Iron Panel (Serum Iron, TIBC/UIBC, % sat), Ferritin
    Hormone Tests:
    Saliva Cortisol 4x/day (ZRT/Canary Club)
    TSH/FT3/FT4/RT3
    TPOAb/TGAb (Thyroid Antibodies)
    Day 21 (if cycling female) Sex Hormone Labs (Estradiol, Progesterone, Free Testosterone)
    Viral/Bacterial Infection Testing:
    EBV - chronic panel
    CMV - IgG and IgM
    HHV-6 - IgG and IgM
    Lyme (Western Blot through IgeneX) (DR)
    Hepatitis B/C
    Mycoplasma pneumonia - IgM and IgG
    Metabolism/Gut Function Testing:
    Methylation Panel (DR)- Health Diagnostics and Research Institute
    540 Bordentown Avenue, Suite 4930
    South Amboy, NJ 08879
    USA
    Phone: (732) 721-1234
    Fax: (732) 525-3288

    Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) (DR)- http://www.gdx.net/product/10140
  4. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    My Dr did the organic acid testing (OATs) but used Great Plains Lab, he uses the other labs you mentioned, not sure why he did the OATs testing at GPL.

    GG
  5. WillowJ

    WillowJ Senior Member

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    GPL does certain things more carefully than other labs. CDSA is another thing that's useful to send there rather than other labs (other labs may miss obvious infections, according to my doctors)
  6. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    HHV-6 is supposed to be a waste unless you use one of the best labs.
  7. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Hey leela--what conclusions have you come to about which lab tests to do?

    I am trying to pick out a few myself. I've spent so much money in the past, with few significant results, so I want to pick the cream of crop this time.

    Anyone else here who has an idea about the TOP TEN tests, please chirp in as well.

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