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I've found a website called healthtap. It's a great Q&A forum. Most of the doctors are American though and I want help with something which is not particularly a health problem but more procedural and to do with going the actual GP.
So... I have a particular health issue which has a large number of causes. These causes can be diagnosed by a variety of tests ranging from endocrinal (thyroid being one of them) to a various different blood tests.

1) I want each of these tests to be carried out to pinpoint which is the culprit cause and I want to the dictate this to the GP otherwise I know I will get a generic answer and a generic prescription or course of action.
Can I do this?

2) When a sample of blood is taken I know there are many types of blood tests e.g Blood Glucose Test, Full Blood Count... I want a few
specifically. Can they these few tests all be done with the same blood sample the nurse takes with the syringe or does she have to withraw blood 4 times?

3) Are there any UK forums like this one which focus specifically on health and have some medically trained professionals as members?
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I've found a website called healthtap. It's a great Q&A forum. Most of the doctors are American though and I want help with something which is not particularly a health problem but more procedural and to do with going the actual GP.
So... I have a particular health issue which has a large number of causes. These causes can be diagnosed by a variety of tests ranging from endocrinal (thyroid being one of them) to a various different blood tests.

1) I want each of these tests to be carried out to pinpoint which is the culprit cause and I want to the dictate this to the GP otherwise I know I will get a generic answer and a generic prescription or course of action.
Can I do this?

2) When a sample of blood is taken I know there are many types of blood tests e.g Blood Glucose Test, Full Blood Count... I want a few
specifically. Can they these few tests all be done with the same blood sample the nurse takes with the syringe or does she have to withraw blood 4 times?

3) Are there any UK forums like this one which focus specifically on health and have some medically trained professionals as members?
Hiya. I'm not sure what you're asking with the first bit.
As for the second one, not all tests can be done with the same sample, but you might not need a separate sample for each test. It really depends on what's being tested. It's all done at the same time with the same needle though so honestly it's not much different getting 1 lot or 5 done. It just takes a few seconds longer.
There are some forums specifically for health (health unlocked is one). I wouldn't rely on them for any sort of professional input though. Mostly it's just people with chronic conditions who've kinda learned a thing or two from their own experiences. There are ethical considerations for doctors giving advice online so it would usually be on an official service that you pay for.

Hope that helps
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With the first bit I'm saying if I go there and tell him the problem he'll give me some generic prescription and send me on my way- that's always been my experience with the GP. What I want to do is go there, tell him: Buddy I've googled this extensively- it seems these are all the possibilities for what's causing this problem. I want blood tests taken, urine samples, stool samples, breath tests, whatever to test for these causes and see which one or which few even it is. Can I be assertive in that way with the GP? I don't want to walk away unsatisfied knowing his suggestion isn't gonna be the best way.

I found health unlocked but isn't that American? so pretty much the same as Healthtap but free and no doctors. Also could you explain what you mean about "There are ethical considerations for doctors giving advice online so it would usually be on an official service that you pay for." Healthtap is free and it's doctors on there who reply promptly. All they ask for is thanks
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(Original post by Anonymous)
With the first bit I'm saying if I go there and tell him the problem he'll give me some generic prescription and send me on my way- that's always been my experience with the GP. What I want to do is go there, tell him: Buddy I've googled this extensively- it seems these are all the possibilities for what's causing this problem. I want blood tests taken, urine samples, stool samples, breath tests, whatever to test for these causes and see which one or which few even it is. Can I be assertive in that way with the GP? I don't want to walk away unsatisfied knowing his suggestion isn't gonna be the best way.
No, your GP decides what tests they want you to have. They may or may not be the same as what you want. Googling extensively does not replace a medical degree.
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No, your GP decides what tests they want you to have. They may or may not be the same as what you want. Googling extensively does not replace a medical degree.
I don't think it is though. If it is a specialist they will know that specific area inside out and you have no chance of competing with that knowledge but everything you need is online. Sadly the tests have to be done at the GP though.
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I don't think it is though. If it is a specialist they will know that specific area inside out and you have no chance of competing with that knowledge but everything you need is online. Sadly the tests have to be done at the GP though.
ask to be referred to a specialist privately? though even they should only be recommending tests that are actually required.
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