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countrygal's blog: "Medical stuff..."

created on 12/04/2008  |  http://fubar.com/medical-stuff/b263549
**these are older blog posts, but putting them up for those who aren't already aware of what's been happening** For those who don't already know, I went to the dr just about 2 and a half weeks ago for a new patient exam with my new dr. He decided to run a bunch of bloodwork and do some xrays to have his own full set of records. Well, a full set of back xrays and 7 (YES SEVEN) vials of blood later, I went home. On Monday of this week, I went in to get the results of all those tests... So here's the rundown... Thyroid / Metabolism - Normal. White Blood Cell count - Normal. Blood Sugar - Normal. Cholesterol - Slightly elevated, but nothing that a little getting out and moving around won't fix. Slightly anemic - guess I need to take vitamins again LOL! Arthritis test was positive, duh, I've known that for damn near 14 years now. X-rays show NO damage in my spine from the arthritis though, so that's a good thing. The most disturbing part was this last part... Apparently the dr found it necessary to run a test for Lupus (for those who don't know what it is, check it out at www.lupus.org - it's an autoimmune disease that can be either really mild, or can be fatal or anywhere in between) and well, the test came back POSITIVE. Now, the dr's response was, "a lot of those are false positives..." BUT he doesn't order more tests to find out either way. Needless to say, I've been in shock and mildly depressed since. I've called the dr's office and insisted on them ordering more tests and am now waiting to hear back from said dr's office regarding the new tests. I don't like to be negative about things like this, but the statistics on false positives isn't that reassuring. So, once I hear something new... I'll let ya know.
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