Hi everyone, just thought I would give you an update to my medical paranoia. My chiro was worries that I had a partially occluded artery and won't adjust me until I get it checked... worried I could stroke out... nice. [:(] I met with my doc today who referred me to a vascular specialist to decide if I need further testing of my vertebral artery b/c of my symptoms, etc. I went in armed with my HELLP(ful) handouts and my list of things I wanted to be tested for. I felt a little silly- told him I didn't want to be an internet hypochondriac, but that I would sleep better if I could rule some things out. I'd like to know that my aches and pains, etc are simply due to the fact that I am handling a 23lb. 10 month old all day long!
Anyway, he ordered these blood tests:
~ANA screen (antinuclear antibodies)- a 'screen' to identify up to 100 types of antibodies that attack our own cells
~Glucose random- blood sugar, diabetes screening
~Rheumatoid Factor- for lupus, sarcoidosis, RA, liver disease
~SED rate (sedimentary rate of the RBC's)- for inflammatory or rheumatologic disorders
~TSH # (thyroid stimulation hormone)- for thyroid disease/issues
Seems pretty thorough, right? Did he leave any out? If all comes back ok, can I just stop worrying?
I read someone's posting that said it could take quite awhile for the results to come back... they were vague about that and said they would call. We shall see!
Kyle born 8-13-03 @ 38 weeks (severe atypical Preeclampsia and Class I HELLP)