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Came Back Negative
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you did not say what was cultured and where is the discharge from. If it is vaginal discharge, a small amount of discharge, as long as it is not foul smelling, may be normal. ...Read more
See details: Ask the doctor who examined you in the first place. One needs more specific information about the pain to offer any answers. ...Read more
Possible: Testing in general is accurate, however there are always chances of false negative testing. This can vary from test to test, but generally describes the chance that a reported negative test result is actually positive. Re-testing can help decrease the chances of a false negative test. ...Read more
No: About 15% of patients with sjogrens will have negative tests. A negative lip biopsy is a better way to rule it out. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: It is possible to have herpes (genital, oral, or shingles) and still have a negative culture or PCR test for the virus, especially if the outbreak is well on its way to healing. A blood test can check for infection, but a positive result says nothing about the part of the body affected or when infection happened. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
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You may have an ovarian cyst that is preventing you from having your menses. You could also not be ovulating.
If your cycles are regular every month and this happened see your doctor.
If your cycles are irregular and different lengths each month then this is likely you not ovulating.
Either way: See your doctor, check an ultrasound. ...Read more
Various tests: There are several tests for Sjogren`s syndrome and it isn't possible to comment without knowing the test. Please ask your doctor who ordered. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: The basic test for syphilis is calked a rpr. It is very sensitive meaning a false positive is rare. If you know you have been exposed then get retested. The symptoms of syphilis vary widely and can often be confused for other disease. Because of this syphilis is known as the "great imitator." see your doctor to evaluate what other tests for other diagnosis should be considered. ...Read more
False Negatives: It is very common to get a false negative in these situations. The test may not have gotten the right tissue at risk or gone deep enough to get a correct sample. All partners should be treated in this situation. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a biopsy came back negative how can my dr. Still diagnose me with that disease?
It depends: It depends on the disease. Some diseases are diagnosed solely by biopsy, whereas others are diagnosed by a set of criteria. If the other criteria are present, you can still have the disease, despite a negative biopsy. If you are not convinced, you can always ask for a second opinion. ...Read more
I was checked for mental retardation and all the tests came back negative but I still am in special ed. Why?
Good question: Any learning disability, behavioral problem or other special needs might qualify someone for special ed even if their IQ is normal. ...Read more
Ttc. I have taken two tests and both came back negative. Spotted mainly for 2-3 days. I suspect I am but tests say no. What should I do?
Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. Sounds like just a late period. ...Read more
I am 2 months late, not stressed, and 4 tests came back negative..... I have not changed anything in my diet or exercise, what is wrong with me?
Possibly thyroid: Without a more extensive history, I can't offer much certainty, but in my experience, after pregnancy the most common causes for missed periods in young women is adrenal fatigue, which diverts Progesterone to the adrenals to convert to cortisol. The other possibility that I've commonly found is low thyroid function. Sometimes birth control pills can inhibit menstruation. Regards, dr. Tedde rinker. ...Read more
I had the InformaSeq test done. It came back negative for all 3 syndromes. What does that actually means? How accurate and sensitive is this test?
Negative predictive: Value of all 3 tests is 99.9%. This means only 1 of 1000 or fewer will actually have the syndromes if the test is negative. As accurate as medical testing gets. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
What if I take a test and im positive for gonnorhea and I get cured but before idid I took another and that came back negative what does that mean?
False Neg STD tests: Std tests are not fully 100% accurate. There is a sense that some tests are falsely negative. If you had the second test before treatment you still should get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I was diagnosed w/ syphillis & was treated. I had my partner tested it came back negative. I am getting symptoms again & test is pos. How can this be?
Take a test : Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more
A good test: If it was negative it is highly likely that you do not have the disease. If you have symptoms that concern you talk to your doctor about other options. ...Read more
More info needed: More information is needed to answer your question. Remember, however, a negative test is only negative for that one site biopsied. For example, if you put on a blindfold, went our to your front lawn and pulled up a handful of grass and identified that you had no weeds in that handful, can you safely say that you have no weeds on your entire lawn? Provide more info in your next question. ...Read more
Pregnancy unlikely: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon. ...Read more
Here are some...: How long & how severe have you urinary symptoms been? Do the degree of symptoms fluctuate along the use of coffee, bladder-irritant-containing foods or beverages, or certain activities, etc.? Consider OAB — on the course of IC? To put all these together correctly? Follow instruction in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. More? Ask your doc or contact me; I can help. ...Read more
Atrophic vaginitis: You may have a condition caused by absence of estrogen--atrophic vaginitis. You may also have interstitial cystitits. See your doctor. ...Read more
Clarify question: Not sure what you mean by "all test came back negative" and "signs". Please clarify what tests and signs you are talking about. ...Read more
I had unprotected sex and got tested 4 days later. All results came back negative. Am I in the clear?
I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?
Check with you Doc: Discuss with your doctor why your were tested for celiac disease. As with any test, the degree of suspicion for a particular disease helps understand the results. If there was a very high index of suspicion for celiac disease and the test was negative it may need to be repeated or further testing may need to done like a biopsy of your small intestine. ...Read more
I had a fecal immunochemical test done and it came back negative. What actually was i being tested for?
Colon ca: Microscopic bleeding from the colon that you and your doctor may not be able to see. ...Read more