Lab Testing

Lab Testing Taxes

Verify Diagnosis at the Cellular Level

Depending on the nature of your pain and the symptom’s you’re expressing, your doctor may want you to have some blood lab testing in Taxes done to help assist in a more accurate diagnosis. The main thing these blood panels are testing for is your adrenal functioning and inflammatory response – both of which will often be noticeably out of range if chronic pain is present in the system.

These lab tests are used to pinpoint the level of systemic disturbance your pain is causing in your individual mind/body experience. Depending on your symptoms and suspected diagnosis, the most common labs your doctor will recommend are:

  •  AM Cortisol
  •  AM Testosterone
  •  Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  •  C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
  •  AM Pregnenolone

Pain itself has the potential to cause hyperarousal of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, often resulting in the depletion of such hormones as cortisol and testosterone.

The pituitary gland’s main role is to secrete hormones into your bloodstream, while the hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining the state of balance in the body known as homeostasis. The adrenal glands also play a big role in the proper secretion of vital hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin – both of which get elevated under conditions of extreme stress (like acute or chronic pain). And should the pain continue, these too can eventually get depleted.

So you can see how an overstimulation of this axis can cause a noticeable disturbance in the body that can be mapped and measured by your cellular response.

If your doctor suspects rheumatoid arthritis or hepatitis to be the cause of your pain, for example, he or she may recommend the ESR and CRP panels as both of these serum levels will elevate should that be a possible diagnosis. Similarly, ESR levels will be elevated in instances of uncontrolled pain and then normalize once pain control has been established and sustained.

Pregnenolone, also referred to as the “mother hormone” is essential for healthy hormone balance as all other hormones are derived from it. In situations where chronic pain is present, this hormone will often register below the normal range in your lab testing.
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