6 Blood Tests a Chronic Pain Patient Needs – When Experiencing New Symptoms : Vitamins play a huge role in how our body is preforming. If you have chronic pain and are experiencing vitamin deficiency symptoms, thyroid symptoms, or an increase of pain, we suggest talking to your doctor about ordering these simple blood tests. Hopefully, some of these tests will help reveal why you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and help relieve them.
6 blood tests a chronic pain patient needs:
- Thyroid Testing:
It’s estimated that almost 59 million people have thyroid issues and don’t know it yet. Whether you have Hypothyroidism (like I do) or Hyperthyroidism this little butterfly shaped gland has a huge impact on our health. The thyroid controls metabolism, growth, body temperature, muscle strength, appetite, and the health of your heart, brain, kidneys, and reproductive system. If you’re experiencing pain in muscles and joints, swelling of the neck, difficulty swallowing, weight changes, hair loss, skin changes, bowel problems, feeling sluggish, or depressed or having problems with anxiety (you do not have to have all these symptoms one or two may be enough to check it) this simple lab test should be done including TSH and Free T4 both. Your primary doctor can order this test and if diagnosed you can be referred to an Endocrinologist that can monitor you and your thyroid levels, your medication may need to be fine tuned every 3 to 6 months.
- CRP (C-REactive Protein):
Periodic testing or CRP will let you and doctors know the level of inflammation going on in your body. Inflammation is related to dietary factors, toxins, lack of certain nutrients, and the degree of inflammation is directly related to the level of pain you may be experiencing. This is another very simple blood test that your doctor can order.
- Vitamin D:
Most of us are low in Vitamin D, especially in the fall-winter-spring, when less Vitamin D is generated by sunshine. Vitamin D deficiency can include symptoms like: feeling achy, sad, loss of ambition, even carrying some extra weight. This simple blood test will let you know your levels and through good vitamins you will be feeling better in no time.
Are you experiencing leg cramps, insomnia, muscle pain, anxiety, fatigue, or even migraine headaches? This is another very simple test for your doctor to order and if your levels come back low your doctor can help get you on the right dose.
- Vitamin B-12:
B12 is an important vitamin for many basic bodily functions, such as brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning. Low B12 levels can lead to serious nerve damage and deteriorating brain functions. This test can be ordered by your doctor and it just requires getting your blood drawn. It only takes a few minutes, but can provide extremely valuable information about the presence or absence of this critical vitamin in your body. These levels should be measured periodically.
- Folic Acid:
Folic Acid is one of many B vitamins. The body needs folic acid to make red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets, and for normal growth. I know most women have heard of Folic acid because it is so important for the normal development of a baby. A folic acid test is often done at the same time as a test for vitamin B12 levels because a lack of either vitamin may cause anemia. These levels are taken by a simple blood test that your doctor orders and should be measured periodically, because Vitamin B is vital for nerve functioning.
If you are feeling any of the above symptoms make a doctor’s appointment, write your concerns before hand and ask your doctor if he or she feels any of these tests would be beneficial. I know most insurance companies cover the cost so what are you waiting for?
Have you had any of these test’s listed? Were you deficient in any of them? Once you started the correct dosages did you see improvement? We would love to hear from you, please comment in the section below.