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Why Are Lab Tests Important?

Why Are Lab Tests Important?

Imagine this – You go to the doctor because a symptom has appeared. It may be a headache or fatigue or any number of things. You describe your symptoms to your doctor expecting him or her to know what the problem is and how to fix it. If more information is required, the doctor may run labs or request blood work before he or she is able to give you a diagnosis or a solution.

What are routine lab tests?

  • CBC/CBC with Differentials: Complete Blood Cell Count + lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, etc. (pretty standard now)
  • CMP: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Lipid Panel
  • TSH: Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (this is a single number, not the whole picture of your thyroid health!)
  • Vitamin Panel (ONLY if you have a deficiency, because to run one the doctor has to enter a deficiency code!)

 

Food For Thought: These types of labs are run when a problem is present or suspected. For example, if your doctor orders a Vitamin lab panel then he or she suspects your symptom could be caused by a vitamin deficiency. It takes a pretty significant deficiency to cause the kind of physical symptoms that would motivate an individual to go see a doctor right away.

Why are lab tests important?

When dealing with brain health issues, Cerebrum understands that often underlying issues in the body like a thyroid problem or vitamin deficiency or inflammation or a host of other things can interfere with the brain’s ability to heal and recover. This is why even our basic labs that are run on every single patient are significantly more in-depth than typical labs from a GP. We even take it one step further because we look for patients to be in the “optimal” range, not just the “normal” range.

Cerebrum’s Bare Minimum Lab Tests

  • CBC/CBC with Differentials: Complete Blood Cell Count + lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, etc.
  • CMP: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Lipid Panel
  • TFT: Thyroid Function Tests (includes not only the standard TSH but also thyrotropin, thyroxine, and triiodothyronine)
  • Iron Levels
  • Vitamin Panel
  • Hormones
  • Uric Acid
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • C-Peptide (to test pancreatic function)

 

Why do we look so much deeper? Because at Cerebrum, we feel these additional labs are necessary to reveal answers that most patients wouldn’t know to ask. For example, if there is a vitamin deficiency but also elevated levels of homocysteine and MCHC (lab test for anemia), then there is a vitamin absorption issue. This means the issue of absorption must be corrected before the deficiency issue can be addressed.

On a personal note – when I first started working at Cerebrum, I went through the process of getting all my labs done. Now, mind you, I’m a very health conscious 29 year old female who eats well, gets moderate exercise, and weigh a healthy 130 lbs for my 5’4″ frame. By all traditional standards, I am a “normal” healthy individual. But my labs told a different story…

The level of detail and what was revealed was absolutely incredible! I did end up having a vitamin absorption issue which was causing a vitamin deficiency. The labs even revealed residual viruses lingering around that I probably caught when I was living overseas (more than 5 years ago).

The whole point is this – many of us have become so accustomed to the current level of “normal” that we may have never actually experienced what true good health feels like. Furthermore, if understanding and correcting the imbalances in someone without a brain injury can make such a drastic night and day difference, then the critical nature of how it can help an individual heal who has experienced brain trauma is undeniable. That is why these labs are an essential part of the diagnostic process here at Cerebrum Health Centers.

If you or someone you know has tried everything to recover after a brain injury, concussion, stroke or other neurological condition but nothing seems to work, there may be more to the story. Cerebrum knows how to get the whole picture so you can finally start getting your life back again. Fill out an inquiry form here on the website (at the bottom of the page) or give us a call at (855) 444-2724 for a free consultation. We accept most insurance, so what are you waiting for? Get the real story now.