Understand Blood Tests – The Basics

medical_110001503-011314intTesting can become an important area for health recovery. Diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end to your health investigations, and certainly for ME/CFS peeps, it’s not advisable to leave your testing and results in the hand of your GP or even ME/CFS service. You’ve got to get a full picture for yourself.

It’s essential you take some responsibility here if you want to properly heal. Even if you’re on medication, this won’t solve the root cause, it’s just a crutch to help with pain and for management purposes. Try to get knowledgeable about what you’ve been tested for, what’s been ruled out and what needs further attention. Here’s a list of essential things to know about your tests:

  • It’s a myth that your Doctors surgery contact you if a test has come back abnormal. Often the tests aren’t looked at until you’ve made the appointment and you are sitting in the same room with your GP unless I’m the case of emergency testing. In one case, I found a immune test which was abnormal, and even had highlighted the words: CONTACT PATIENT, three years after this particular test. In fact it was in the first batch of tests I had, just when I began to feel unwell – what I now know to be the start of ME/CFS!
  • Ring ahead of your appointment and ask for a print out copy of your blood tests – look them over first before your appointment

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Our Healthcare – Don’t Take your Doctors Word For It!

nhs failing me/cfsAs I’ve discussed before, with any health concern, whether you are feeling unwell and seeking to find the cause, or dealing with a diagnosed illness, it’s wise to take responsibility for your own body. Putting yourself fully at the mercy of our healthcare system could mean danger.

I don’t want to disqualify a lot of good that’s often provided on the NHS, and I’m sure that on the whole it’s not down to the individuals who work incredibly hard at their jobs. I have some friends that are doctors and nurses and this is true of all of them. However it’s safe to say that our system is not working efficiently as a whole. Frankly, the overall structure, stinks!

Just from a psychological standpoint, the fact that society accepts our relationship with our doctor to be one of a power trip between the wounded one, and the almighty healer, does little for our personal confidence. In fact it sets up a stage for victim-hood and superiority. Yet, surely, when we are the ones with a body that is having something to say, we may know something of importance too. There is no place for joint effort or recognising the whole within our current system. Instead you and I are completely compartmentalised and drugged for ease and to cut costs. Continue reading