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Lab Work


#1

Hey guys, i would like to test my blood for test, estrogen, thyroid and cortisol. In my country you can do it only in private labs on request (insurance doesnt cover this), so i am asking for help with what tests exactly i need to order (i dont want to ask them cause they can add all kind of tests to max the bill).


#2

[quote]dodo888 wrote:
Hey guys, i would like to test my blood for test, estrogen, thyroid and cortisol. In my country you can do it only in private labs on request (insurance doesnt cover this), so i am asking for help with what tests exactly i need to order (i dont want to ask them cause they can add all kind of tests to max the bill). [/quote]

You wrote that you want to test for T, estradiol, thyroid, and cortisol. Then you asked what tests should you order.

I is confused.


#3

[quote]dodo888 wrote:
Hey guys, i would like to test my blood for test, estrogen, thyroid and cortisol. In my country you can do it only in private labs on request (insurance doesnt cover this), so i am asking for help with what tests exactly i need to order (i dont want to ask them cause they can add all kind of tests to max the bill). [/quote]

Speaking as a physician, I will decline to suggest any specific tests. However, I will offer you these observations. Before ordering a study of any sort (lab test, imaging, etc), a good clinician already knows two things:

  1. Why s/he is ordering each specific test; and
  2. what s/he is going to do if a given test comes back abnormal.

So I would suggest that, before you shell out a lot of money ‘shotgunning’ labs (the term of disparagement used to describe a poorly-thought-out set of lab/imaging studies), make sure you have a very clear response to both of my points above. Best of luck.


#4

[quote]BrickHead wrote:

[quote]dodo888 wrote:
Hey guys, i would like to test my blood for test, estrogen, thyroid and cortisol. In my country you can do it only in private labs on request (insurance doesnt cover this), so i am asking for help with what tests exactly i need to order (i dont want to ask them cause they can add all kind of tests to max the bill). [/quote]

You wrote that you want to test for T, estradiol, thyroid, and cortisol. Then you asked what tests should you order.

I is confused. [/quote]

i didnt know names (like for thyroid t3, t4, tsh), thats what i was asking


#5

[quote]EyeDentist wrote:

[quote]dodo888 wrote:
Hey guys, i would like to test my blood for test, estrogen, thyroid and cortisol. In my country you can do it only in private labs on request (insurance doesnt cover this), so i am asking for help with what tests exactly i need to order (i dont want to ask them cause they can add all kind of tests to max the bill). [/quote]

Speaking as a physician, I will decline to suggest any specific tests. However, I will offer you these observations. Before ordering a study of any sort (lab test, imaging, etc), a good clinician already knows two things:

  1. Why s/he is ordering each specific test; and
  2. what s/he is going to do if a given test comes back abnormal.

So I would suggest that, before you shell out a lot of money ‘shotgunning’ labs (the term of disparagement used to describe a poorly-thought-out set of lab/imaging studies), make sure you have a very clear response to both of my points above. Best of luck.[/quote]

my friend who is a coach suggested to me that i check my hormones, cause i have very difficult time losing fat. i suspected either cortisol chronnicaly elevated, or my test aromatises more ( i have limited knowledge about this thing). so to stop guessing what could be wrong i wanted to check what is really going on


#6

TT
FT
E2
LH/FSH
prolactin if younger if [TT, FT and FSH are low]
CBC
AM cortisol
TSH
fT3
fT4 [please not T3, T4]

Low T or low thyroid function can lead to weight gain and inability to loose fat.

Please check overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures:

  • when you first wake up, should be 97.7-97.8F, higher is OK, 97.3F is a problem
  • also check to see of you get 98.6F/37C mid-afternoon
  • if temps are low, can be from not using iodized salt
  • if temps are good, skip TSH, fT3, fT4 labs

Read these stickies:

  • advice for new guys
  • things that damage your hormones

Could have had better recommendations. Do not know your age or other concerns or health issues.


#7

ok i measured my temperature morning was 97.16, mid afternoon is 97.34…i guess one day isnt enough so i’ll keep tracking


#8

ok, temperature is low around 36, but it was measured under armpit. i found one product (algae tablets-kelp) and each pill has 225 mcg of Iodine, so i was wondering is that good (3-4 pills daily)?


#9

checking oral body temperatures
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