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What to do when blood test results are not quite “normal”
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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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.
What can cause a hemoglobin of only around 8.6?
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.
why blood test result important for us?
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.
It would be useful to have a glossary of the typical tests that is written with this level of description.
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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