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    Hi,

    If a hospital was running

    Calcium
    Iron
    Vitamin D
    Inhalation allergy panel 20
    Renal Profile
    First trimester
    AMA
    FSH
    Prolactin
    TSH
    CBC + Automated Differential

    Tests, after a complaint of headaches and leg cramp, what would they be looking for?

    Cheers
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    Everything and anything!

    It's impossible to know. The majority of diagnoses come from history and clinical findings with investigations confirming or refuting your initial thoughts.
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    not sure about all of them, but:
    calcium and iron - probs for levels to indicate deficiencies (iron deficiency can lead to anaemia).
    don't know for sure about vit D or the inhalation allergy panel 20 thingy.
    renal profile - tests your kidneys - apparently they run kidney and liver tests for people any time they've got your blood.
    first trimester - are you pregnant?
    AMA - don't know
    FSH is a pituitary hormone and prolactin is secreted from your hypothalamus - i have no idea what they're testing for specifically but at a guess it's whether your hormone levels are ok.
    TSH is a thyroid hormone, so checking that's working ok
    CBC = Complete Blood Count so it'll look at the numbers of types of blood cells and can indicate if you've got an infection - high numbers of white blood cells happens if you've got a bacterial or viral infection etc.

    just to be clear - i'm not a doctor and these are guesses based on that i had a blood test done today and my gp told me what they were looking for.
    Hope this helps and you feel better soon.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi,

    If a hospital was running

    Calcium
    Iron
    Vitamin D
    Inhalation allergy panel 20
    Renal Profile
    First trimester
    AMA
    FSH
    Prolactin
    TSH
    CBC + Automated Differential

    Tests, after a complaint of headaches and leg cramp, what would they be looking for?

    Cheers
    Thats easy.
    CBC implies you are in america.

    Ergo you are being milked for insurance money.

    Its a really stupid and illogical set of blood tests otherwise.

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