If someone doesn't mind helping I'd really appreciate it. Sorry if this is a question only I can answer but I'm so confused and it's stressing me out.
I'm looking into private tests and trying to find the cheapest way of getting everything I need. But I'm not quite sure what that is. I'm petrified of needles so looking at finger pricks and my gp can't test certain things like t4 and t3 so if I let them do it I'd still want to go private to get a better idea of what's going on. So I'd rather just do it all in one.
Firstly, I had my last tests done through bh but seem to be swaying towards medichecks profiles this time. Will that make a difference when comparing results? Or do they both use county pathology lab for finger pricks?
On my last thyroid test the following were out of range so would need these definitely:
Tsh, ferritin, crp, folate, b12, vit d.
I want my t3 & t4 because they were low in range. My thyroid antibodies were also out of range but I don't think retesting is of any benefit?
I've started b12 injections recently. The b12 test I did was serum and slightly low. Do I need to repeat the same test to compare or would it matter if I had active b12 done this time?
The gp said I needed full blood count and test for PA. So I was going to get intrinsic factor (£50) and full blood count (£25) plus thyroid +10 (serum b12, ferritin, folate, crp, vit d, tsh, t4, t3, tt4, tpo antibodies, tg antibodies) (£99)
However I've been looking on medichecks and found well woman checks that combines fbc and most of what i had done last time (minus t3, tt4 and antibodies) but also looks at liver, kidney, proteins, bones, diabetes, proteins, bones, hormones, tumor markers, cholesterol etc:
For £149 seems like a good deal?
But is there anything on there that will actually be of benefit to me and diagnosing PA or hypothyroid?
On the other hand there a b12 test
Vitamin B12 - Active (Holotranscobalamin), Normal B12 - Regular (Colobalamin), Folate, ferritin and fbc. (£99)
And I've also been looking at the MMA urine test (£119) and a thyroid ultrasound (£130).
I'm just so confused! I could easily spend over £500 on this. I obviously want the best picture of my health but don't want to waste money on things I don't need
I spoke to blue horizon and they said I can send a request for a personalised profile quote. But I don't know how much to include or ask for
They also said I'd only get the three lancets regardless of how many tubes I'd need to fill (atleast 2 for thyroid and fbc) because if I can't do it in three then I'm probs not suitable for finger prick testing as should be able to fill a tube with 1. 2 max.
I struggled the first time to fill over half with 3. The second I probably could have got away with 2 but did 3 to fill completely. Maybe I'm just getting better at it
Medichecks have just replied to say they'd send me 6 lancets for 3 tubes and I can add on t3 to the ultravit for £30. They've also said if I send a list of what I need as a whole they will provide a quote and how often I need to test they will look into if they can offer any discounts for me.
I'm definitely preferring their customer service so far.
I just don't know where to start. We're going on holiday next week so I could do with only getting the essentials this month then maybe looking into kidney liver etc next month. But I want to take enough info to my gp that she can make a decision to treat without needing more tests