Posted on May 30, 2015 by vitalspirit
Sometimes in clinic I may either get you to request your GP to order certain tests or I may order certain functional tests myself. As the latter are not bulk billed I usually reserve these for clients I feel will absolutely benefit from testing or those who have plateaued in their treatment results. The types of tests I may direct you towards your GP for include basic thyroid tests, iron studies, vitamin D, folic acid, B12, multiplex PCR (test for 10 different gastrointestinal infections) and homocysteine. These tests serve as a red flag for certain conditions and also inform my decision making around whether further tests are warranted. If you have had recent blood tests it is always a good idea to bring a copy along to your next appointment, even if you are told everything is OK. The ‘normal’ range is quite generous on a number of tests and sometimes I can look for patterns when all of the tests are viewed in conjunction with one another.
A number of other functional tests are also available which I may order to gain valuable insight into your condition. The information they provide ranges from the small but crucial to quite comprehensive overviews of certain systems in the body. A summary of the tests I commonly order are below:
These are just a snapshot of tests which are available to you. I always provide information and discuss costs before ordering tests but any of these tests are available to you at any time if they are considered appropriate.