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Can testing be done to see if you have a connective tissue disorder

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Conn Tissue Dz: You may have had an ANA test, which may be positive. Low positive--1:80 may not mean much. The test is not specific for any connective tissue diseas ... Read More

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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Rheumatologist: Talk to a rheumatologist to confirm your diagnosis. Blood tests might be needed. A minimum of a yearly follow up is needed provided no other symptoms ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not ignored: Are you on an estrogen preparation ? Estrogen can increase the ESR although not to the degree noted. Since this points to inflammation, you shouldn't ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: It depends on which connective tissue disorder. I ask my patients with lupus to avoid them. The risk is that several ct disorders may be associated wi ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Nospecific test: There is not a specific test for this. However, a strong family history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder would increase odds.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
19 years experience Interventional Radiology
Depends: It depends on your insurance carrier. Some insurers don't require referral if you accept a higher co-pay. Some require referral.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
Yes.: Most primary care physicians can manage thyroid replacement medications. In certain settings, a consultation from an endocrinologist may be helpful. ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Mele
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
A Rheumatologist: Yes, rheumatologists are internal medicine doctors who specialize in diseases associated with arthritis, joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, va ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ethan Handler
12 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Perhaps: An upper endoscopy is a fiberoptic procedure typically administered by a gastroenterologist. The patient is usually sedated and lying down. The goal ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Broken rib: Doctors can feel the movement of broken rib. Usually the site will be painful. However, not all broken ribs can be dignosed without x ray or ct scan.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
42 years experience Preventive Medicine
No: As of now there is no genetic test for ms, so an amniocentesis would not be helpful.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Silverman
48 years experience Fertility Medicine
Fertility test/male?: A semen analysis can be performed at a laboratory or infertility specialist for males.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Blood test: In general blood tests don't diagnose electrical probblems.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience Family Medicine
Brain diseases: There are a variety of brain disease. There are infections acquired during pregnancy that can produce congenital brain damage; there are genetic disea ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Mastocytosis: Usually a biopsy of the involved organ system is diagnotic. E.G.If the skin is involved ( urticaria pigmentosa) it can easily be biopsied.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
30 years experience Medical Oncology
No: Antidepressants dosage is adjusted according to beneficial effects or side effects. They are generally well absorbed and blood levels are not informa ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: There are only tests to rule out other conditions in which chronic fatigue can be a factor.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
No: A screening serum test for mononucleosis does not identify anything else.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience Addiction Medicine
Hearing: Some GPs may be able to test hearing bit you may need to see an ENT or audiologist Development of hearing difficulties may depend on environmental ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
No: You might not be diagnosed if the doctor does not think of the disease. Many with irritable bowel might not be diagnoseed properly.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Dr. John Shim answered
40 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Maybe.: Rsd is a very complicated problem and can be frustrating to secure a diagnosis. First you must be evaluated to make sure there is not another ca ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
34 years experience Rheumatology
No: A blood test alone cannot determine wether you have arthritis or not. The diagnosis of arthritis is based on history, physical exam, laboratory tests ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Can tell by endo....: Endoscopy provides a means for your doctor to visualize the stomach and to get biopsies from which H. Pylori can be identified.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Change: If you are due for a change tomorrow , have the change if bleeding continues see your doctor asap.
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