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Getting my blood tested again this week. What should I ask for?

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by boo85, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. boo85

    boo85 Senior Member

    Hi. If you're not familiar with my story, I have had B12 deficiency symptoms for 2 years now, as well as a recently diagnosed B6 toxicity (taking anywhere between 50 - 120mg B6 EVERY DAY for about 3 years.)

    You can find more of my story and the blood test results from 2014 in this thread -

    I am thinking of getting these tested:

    iron/folate/ferritin (I've been very low in iron, iron saturation and ferritin and am supplementing)
    Vitamin D
    General Chemistry including potassium (but even then it can vary from hour to hour)

    Anything else you think I should have? I'm in Australia and my GP is fairly accommodating when it comes to requests for blood tests, but having said that I've only asked for the most basic of tests so far.

    So I don't have to pay for any tests. The only roadblock that I might come against is if she doesn't think it's necessary for me to have a certain test. But I can try anyway.
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

    From what I recall, holo-transcobalamin (holoTC) shows how well you're using B12. There's been a lot of research regarding it, so it might be a pretty mainstream test from larger labs by now. It looks like Quest Diagnostics offers the test, and they also operate in Australia.
  3. Gondwanaland

    Gondwanaland Senior Member

    homocysteine, FT3, RT3
  4. Critterina

    Critterina Senior Member

    Arizona, USA
    Serum amino acid panel. You want to be sure you have enough methionine, given your B12 deficiency and your MTRR, BHMT-08, and CBS SNPs. All of these SNPs affect the level of homocysteine that they find (MTRR and BHMT increase it, one of the CBS reduces it.) My point is that normal homocysteine doesn't mean a lot if your methionine is low. Other patterns in the results can suggest other things, too. I find it very useful.

    CBC (complete blood count). High MCV can indicate functional deficiency of B9 and B12. And of course many other things, too.

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