Testing Options for Overall Wellness?
About 6 years ago, a friend of mine went to a CFS Specialist and he ran all sorts of blood, urine, and other tests on her to find out what nutrients she was low, high, or stable with, in order to assess her overall health. He did the whole shebang two or three times over a year or 18 months or so to check on her status. It was very expensive and her insurance only covered about 80% of it, rather than the 100% lab coverage she normally had.
She was given a diet to folow, and various supplements to help her out. It worked, and she saw great improvements in her fatigue levels, overall pain, she became stronger physically and seemed "brighter" intellectually, and her moods actually improved from feeling better, (however, with her diet, I might have suffered a little more in order to eat better foods.. it was a LOT of brown rice and steamed vegetables if I remember correctly).
Since we are all into perimenopause and/or lots of intense and irratic PMS symptoms, it seems to me we might be better prepared to assess and figure out "what is what" if we had a serious set of blood tests and work-ups with dieticians, nutritionists and fitness trainers etc. to become more aware of just how well we can be.. or could be.
I know that my friend was helped by the therapies she was put on, and it has enhanced her quality of life so much!
I've noticed that Menopausal symptoms mask and compete with other physical and emotional diagnosis. It seems even to a degree that puts all of us at risk of more than just the side effects of menopause, like bone density or heart disease. My gosh, for example how would you know if you had an infection and a fever while you were going through a phase of hot flashes and night sweats! How would you know if you didn't have Chronic Fatigue Syndrom or Fibermyalgia? Muscular Sclerois or some other chronic or disabling disease?
Is there a gamut of tests that doctors can run to assess our overall health and needs for vitamins, minerals, etc.? Or was my friend's doctor just billing her a ton of money and could have just as well of put her on a weight reduction diet and a daily vitamin?
Since I started my after Christmas dieting today, (I went up 6 pounds in only about 2-3 weeks of Holiday eating.. boo hisss..), I am wondering if anyone else has sought out or gotten a full scale evaluation. If I am going to put myself in the best shape I can be in.. I would like to know better HOW to do that, what really IS good for me.