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What to do when blood test results are not quite “normal”

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June 02, 2016

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NoMore
June 20, 2016

NO tests are needed until there are severe symptoms; and even then they better be without another reason for it. Even then, many are as useless as a child playing around on a wheelchair just because it’s near them; such as CRP, ESR, TSH,
etc. ALL these blood tests reference ranges are based upon other people’s blood tests results and therefore you’re not a individual patient. Even with symptoms, but ‘normal’ results, a person doesn’t need monitoring any longer. People are lab tests results, not an individual. According to every doctor/NP I’ve been to for the past several years for symptoms, except for my dermatologist.

Jan
June 08, 2016

What can cause a hemoglobin of only around 8.6?

Priyankamishra
June 07, 2016

This is a great quality article. You make sense out of what I consider to be confusing information. Your thoughts have given me pause to ponder and rethink my own.

saskia
June 06, 2016

why blood test result important for us?

Melodee Davis
June 04, 2016

It would be nice if Medicare would pay for a full panel blood test each year. I’ve just turned Medicare age and learning that quality of services are restricted if you don’t have any health issues. But how will you know when things are going awry if you can’t have a physical every year with a complete blood work up.

Martha Rollins
June 04, 2016

It would be useful to have a glossary of the typical tests that is written with this level of description.

Alena Barney
June 03, 2016

A very informative article. Very useful for all. Usually people panic when there is a slight change from the normal range. As you said it may depend on the laboratory. Thanks for the share.

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