Unexplained Symptoms? How to uncover the problem with blood testsTuesday 4 July 2017
Sometimes, it’s the little things that bring us down; a mild irritation that never goes away or feeling tired all the time. It’s normal not to feel 100% sometimes, but not 100% of the time. This is an indication that something is wrong.
To get answers, we need to get under your skin.
Investigating your blood
Your blood is the highway on which everything that makes you tick travels. It’s connected to almost every part of the body from your bones to your brain. If there’s something to find, your blood is where we’ll find evidence of it.
There are literally thousands of individual tests, find our most popular ones here, that can be done, but we usually begin with a Full Blood Count. Counting and assessing red blood cells can tell us something about how efficiently your body is transporting oxygen around the body and can indicate anaemia, while increased levels of white blood cells would suggest you’re in the middle of fighting an infection. The different types of white blood cells will indicate if the infection is viral or bacterial and help your GP decide whether to prescribe antibiotics.
Another helpful indicator is the Kidney Function Test. The kidneys are sensitive organs and filter waste product from your body. If there’s a problem, the kidneys are one of the first places it’ll be picked up.
The results of these broader tests can quickly point us toward specific conditions that could be related to your symptoms. If necessary, these conditions can be confirmed with further blood tests.
Getting on with your life
Blood testing technology is very advanced and most conditions can be accurately identified within a few basic tests, all you need to do is attend a quick appointment to have a blood sample taken.
In this fast-paced world we live in, it can be all too easy to ignore problems that seem small and insignificant. Blood tests results can be turned around in as little as 24 hours to a few days and can get you on the road to feeling better faster than you thought.