This is the lowest cost fatigue exploration panel offered anywhere.
The causes of fatigue are multifactorial and could involve imbalances in several hormones. This panel includes most hormones and variables involved in the diagnosis and treatment of fatigue. Ordering this panel provides substantial cost savings when compared to ordering each test separately. The panel is useful for men and women.
TESTS INCLUDED IN THIS PANEL:
TOTAL AND FREE TESTOSTERONE
Low testosterone can cause low energy and mood.
Hypothyrodism is often a underdiagnosed cause of fatigue.
Hyper and hypoglycemia can affect energy levels.
ANEMIA AND IMMUNE ISSUES:
Low hemoglobin or high hematocrit can cause fatigue. High white cell count can be indicative of infections which could also cause fatigue.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) Test
White Blood Cells (WBC)
A high white blood cell count likely indicates that an infection is present somewhere in the body, whereas a low number might indicate that an infection or disease has slowed the ability of the bone marrow to produce them.
Red Blood Cells (RBC)
A low red blood cell count can indicate anemia, which can lead to fatigue.
Hemoglobin (HGB) and Hematocrit (HCT)
A low hemoglobin number or hematocrit percentage are good indicators of anemia. A high value can cause blood thickenning, high blood pressure and fatigue.
Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)
This test actually measures the size of red blood cells. Larger red blood cells may indicate anemia due to vitamin B6 or folic acid deficiency; smaller red blood cells may indicate anemia due to iron deficiency.
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) and Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
These tests measures the amount of hemoglobin in red blood cells. Both hemoglobin and hematocrit are used to calculate this number. Low levels indicate anemia.
Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW)
If anemia is suspected, based on other blood counts, RDW test results are often used together with MCV results to figure out what the cause of the anemia might be.
IRON LEVEL, UTILIZATION AND STORAGE:
Low iron and/or ferritin can cause fatigue.
TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity)
Adrenal insufficiency is a common cause of fatigue.
Not included but worth considering as a separate add-on to your shopping cart: Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12.
NOTE: If you are taking biotin, please stop it 72 hours before the blood draw since it may interfere with hormone blood tests.
Add-Ons for post-menopausal women: Estrogen and Progesterone. Low estrogen levels many times found in menopause, often result in insomnia and night sweats. Diminished estrogen also causes irritability and mood swings in women which furthers exhaustion. Too little progesterone is also linked to fatigue in women.
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