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    Getting Blood Work done... what should i ask for???

    So i'm getting blood work done next week just to check out everything to make sure i'm healthy. Over the last few months feels like my strength is leaving and i've felt pretty sluggish just about everyday, even while taking stimulants (i've been off stims for 2 weeks and nothing noticeable) --- overall just feel blehhhhh

    anyways, so i'm going to the doctors, requesting a full blood panel ... some things i really want to make sure:

    test/estrogen/prolactin/coristol
    liver enzymes
    is it possible to check creatinine with a normal test?

    any hints/tips on what to look for, how to approach the doctor, and what to request with my blood work?

    thanks

    PS - can they check for insulin sensitivity and/or hypoglycemia while doing blood work?
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    Originally Posted by AConrad00 View Post
    So i'm getting blood work done next week just to check out everything to make sure i'm healthy. Over the last few months feels like my strength is leaving and i've felt pretty sluggish just about everyday, even while taking stimulants (i've been off stims for 2 weeks and nothing noticeable) --- overall just feel blehhhhh

    anyways, so i'm going to the doctors, requesting a full blood panel ... some things i really want to make sure:

    test/estrogen/prolactin/coristol
    liver enzymes
    is it possible to check creatinine with a normal test?

    any hints/tips on what to look for, how to approach the doctor, and what to request with my blood work?

    thanks

    PS - can they check for insulin sensitivity and/or hypoglycemia while doing blood work?
    Yes to blood sugar levels. They usually do.

    Creatinine has always been standard for me as well.

    I would ask for D3(25-OH). Maybe even B12 for fun.

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    And to add to your hormonal panel
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    Really wanna test for insulin resistance ask for a glucose intermitten fasting test (i really can't remember the actual name)


    You go to the doc in a fasted state, they take blood, you drink a soda over a span of like 30 min, they wait an hour and half to 2 hours, then take your blood again to check insulin levels.
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    Definitely get a full Thyroid Panel, could be connected to your energy issues
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    ^^^

    What they said about thyroid, especially:

    Total T4
    Free T3
    Reverse T3
    Antibodies
    Antithyroglobulin

    Less important:

    Free T4
    Total T3
    TBG
    TSH

    SHBG would be nice too
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    I found this out the hard way:

    Just because your doctor orders it, does not mean your insurance will cover it. I once asked my doctor for a Free/Total test panel. He said sure, wrote it on the order, and sent me on my way. I figured since he wrote it down, it would be covered. About 2 weeks later my Dad was angry because he just paid $400 for unnecessary bloodwork.
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    Originally Posted by SCDiesel23 View Post
    I found this out the hard way:

    Just because your doctor orders it, does not mean your insurance will cover it. I once asked my doctor for a Free/Total test panel. He said sure, wrote it on the order, and sent me on my way. I figured since he wrote it down, it would be covered. About 2 weeks later my Dad was angry because he just paid $400 for unnecessary bloodwork.
    u have to tell him ur having issues with libido and fatigue as i never had a problem with my insurance covering it
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    Originally Posted by Yates Row T View Post
    u have to tell him ur having issues with libido and fatigue as i never had a problem with my insurance covering it
    Yes that's true, I just asked to have a testosterone test to see what my levels were as a base. The doctor just said sure, so I figured it would be covered. I was incorrect.
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    Originally Posted by Yates Row T View Post
    u have to tell him ur having issues with libido and fatigue as i never had a problem with my insurance covering it
    lol not yet at least,sit back and enjoy the show!
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    Originally Posted by bloodsimple1234 View Post
    lol not yet at least,sit back and enjoy the show!
    i missed this and lold bc i had blood drawn in JAN and March. Wait for bill from Quest saying insurance hates me.
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    I get blood work done often (free since my mom is a nurse), and every test I've had creatinine always comes back on it even when I specifically only ask for test, free test, estrodiol, LH, etc. I assume it's pretty much a standard on most tests.

    As others have said, depending on what you're looking to do (cortisol, few others I can't remember) you'll need to be 12 hours or so fasted for accurate results. Certain tests might take a bit longer then others to come back. Do you know if your doctor outsources his blood works? Could affect the price/time. My mothers hospital did everything there so things were faster as well in getting results back.

    What overall is the reason behind wanting this blood work? Just general information about sluggishness or looking to run a cycle soon also? If you'd like I could ask my mother the best way to approach your doctor, specific questions (if you have any that you think people on here might not know), etc, but you're a big boy and can probably handle that stuff :P.
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    Complete Metabolic Panel

    Sodium
    Potassium
    Calcium
    Chloride
    Carbon Dioxide
    Glucose
    Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
    Creatinine.
    Total Protein
    Albumin
    Total Bilirubin
    Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
    Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)
    Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)

    Lipid Panel

    Cholesterol
    Triglycerides
    HDL-C
    LDL-C

    Hematology

    CBC (Complete Blood Count)

    Other Tests

    PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
    T4 (Total thyroxine)
    T3 (Triiodothyronine)
    TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
    Estradiol
    Total Testosterone
    Free Testosterone
    Bioavailable Testosterone
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    Originally Posted by Iron.Addict View Post
    Complete Metabolic Panel

    Sodium
    Potassium
    Calcium
    Chloride
    Carbon Dioxide
    Glucose
    Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
    Creatinine.
    Total Protein
    Albumin
    Total Bilirubin
    Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
    Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)
    Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)

    Lipid Panel

    Cholesterol
    Triglycerides
    HDL-C
    LDL-C

    Hematology

    CBC (Complete Blood Count)

    Other Tests

    PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
    T4 (Total thyroxine)
    T3 (Triiodothyronine)
    TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
    Estradiol
    Total Testosterone
    Free Testosterone
    Bioavailable Testosterone
    IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor, Insulin Like Growth Factor, Somatomedin-C)

    Bioavailable Testosterone and IGF-1 test usually aren't covered by insurance.
    Lipid panel and metabolic panel you can get without asking, just say you want some BW. Other test as mentioned you have to ask for.

    Agreed with getting your vitamin D levels checked.
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