The main reason why doctors order tests and procedures is to establish if you are as healthy as you can be. It is only through regular testing that deficiencies, diseases and other medical problems can be discovered and formally diagnosed. The results of any tests and procedures will also help determine a course of treatment, because they provide your doctor with a better picture of what is happening to you.
It is important to understand the fact that the doctors don’t order tests “for the sake of it.” These tests are time consuming and costly, so there has to be a logical reason for each test.
The main tests and procedures are as follows:
A Complete Blood Count is the most common test. It can reveal anemia, infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, lack of iron, clotting problems, leukemia and many other health issues. It is wise to be tested regularly, in order to catch any problems before they become too severe. This means that if you discover anything wrong, you can take the correct preventative steps.
The Basic Metabolic Panel is the second most popular barrage of tests. They test for electrolytes, 8 nutrient deficiencies and whether there are kidney byproducts within your bloodstream. These elements include your levels of sodium, CO2, glucose, chloride, potassium creatine levels and blood urea nitrogen. This test provides a broad spectrum view of your body’s health and highlights areas that need fixing. Your doctor will also look for other factors, to ensure you don’t have more problems than you already know about.
Other most common tests that can be done are:
Lipid Profile, CK and Troponins, Prothrombin Time, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Sedimentation Rate, Hepatic Function test and so the list goes on. Each barrage of tests can reveal different health problems, but some of them are interlinked, thus being able to offer more information about a particular health problem.
Then there are procedures such as a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or a gastroscopy, where the doctor will examine the inside of your body using a fiber optic scope, to check for internal problems that can’t be checked through blood tests. X-rays, MRIs or EKGs, bone marrow biopsies and other tests are also aimed at helping to give you the best chance at a normal, healthy life.
Tests and procedures are carried out to help safeguard you from contracting diseases that may go unchecked for too long, when it is too late to really do anything. Your doctor knows this and will only schedule tests if he believes that they should be done.
If you feel unwell, it is your responsibility to see your doctor as quickly as possible. Prolonging visits may be hazardous to your health because your doctor can’t treat you unless he is aware a problem exists. The tests either rule out the problems, confirm that they exist or help the doctor discover unexpected problems ahead of time.
Your health is your most precious “commodity”, and you should do everything possible to remain as healthy as you can. If it means tolerating needles, X-rays, MRIs and other tests, this is definitely a small price to pay in order to maintain good health.