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What medical tests are done to diagnose lupus?

What medical tests are done to diagnose lupus?

Many: Ana, double-stranded dna, smith antibody, rnp, ribosomal p, ssa, ssb, complement components.And cell bound complement activation products . These are some there are others it really depends on your evaluation and examination. ...Read more

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What specific urine tests do pain management clinic usually do?

What specific urine tests do pain management clinic usually do?

Urine screens: The routine urine screens look at presence of narcotics, analgesic agents, and some psychoactive drugs. This is to assure patient is taking meds as advised, but also to rule out possible non-compliance or diversion. ...Read more

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Tests done are negative but still have severe back pain, nausea, sweating CT scans, x-rays, 2 biopsies done for Crohn's & colitis. I'm 37 female?

Tests done are negative but still have severe back pain, nausea, sweating  CT scans, x-rays, 2 biopsies done for Crohn's & colitis. I'm 37 female?

IBD: Several types of inflammatory bowel disease also have associated spine problems. Though you've had x-rays, if there is concern for ibd, other tests, such as mri, can be helpful in looking for spine problems in patients with ibd. This would be a good topic for discussion with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Are curretage medical procedures painful?

Are curretage medical procedures painful?

Yes, especially dila: Yes it is dilatation of the cervix that is painful. It is better to have some sedation. Can also be done with cervical local anesthetic block but i still vote for sedation. ...Read more

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INTERMITTENT SWOLLEN NODES, MUSC FATIGUE x 8 yrs. HIV NEG. NO ABNORMAL TESTS. DOCS NOT FINDING ANYTHING. SUGGESTIONS?

INTERMITTENT  SWOLLEN NODES, MUSC FATIGUE x 8 yrs. HIV NEG. NO ABNORMAL TESTS. DOCS NOT FINDING ANYTHING. SUGGESTIONS?

There are other: things that can cause swollen lymph nodes. CMV, Epstein barr virus (EBV) which causes mononucleosis, lymphoma, leukemia, Hepatitis B or C are a small sample of those things. Also tropical diseases and parasites. You should ask your healthcare provider if these things need to be tested. ...Read more

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Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Sharp prostate pain for 2 days/prostate and jaw lymph node pain after masturbation/fatigue/weight loss. Any diagnosis? Blood tests normal. Seen doc

Please see your: Doc. You may have a prostate infection or systemic infection. The weight loss and fatigue need to be addressed also. A thorough exam will tell you a lot if you tell the doc everything. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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After neurological examination,specialist said I'm surely narcoleptic.suggested polisomnogram + test mst. Are these tests necessary to make diagnosis?

After neurological examination,specialist said I'm surely narcoleptic.suggested polisomnogram + test mst. Are these tests necessary to make diagnosis?

Narcolepsy: I am not a neurologist. But my patients with narcolepsy all received a polysomnogram & multiple sleep latency test. I think it is important to insure that you don't just have excessive daytime sleepiness. ...Read more

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Which medical tests should diabetes patients have ?

Which medical tests should diabetes patients have ?

Multiple: For full information talk w/your doctor and visit diabetes.Org (the american diabetes association website). ...Read more

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In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

No: There is no situation in which a doctor will milk the prostrate. However, the doctor may check the prostate if there is a risk of prostate cancer or enlargement. As you age your risk increases. ...Read more

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Symptom: constant not sharp pain in ovaries 2 months. Done: pap smear, ultrasound, blood and urine basic analyses. No diagnoses. What could it be?

Symptom: constant not sharp pain in ovaries 2 months.
Done: pap smear, ultrasound, blood and urine basic analyses. No diagnoses. 
What could it be?

Lower abdominal pain: Has gastrointestinal causes been addressed? Might consider CT of abdomen/pelvis ,virtual or regular colonoscopy. If you have had prior surgeries adhesions can be a cause. Sometimes vaginal infections with mycoplasma/ ureoplasma /BV/even strep can cause significant discomfort . Treatment with Zithromax/ or doxycycline and Flagyl may alleviate the discomfort from that cause and may be diagnostic. ...Read more

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I'm 21, female, with left pelvic pain for 8 months, clear abdominal ultrasound, no other tests performed. What tests should I request from my doctor?

I'm 21, female, with left pelvic pain for 8 months, clear abdominal ultrasound, no other tests performed. What tests should I request from my doctor?

Pelvic pain: Complete history and ohysical exam including pelvic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, rectal exam, neurologic and sensory. Consider trial of pain medications, oral contraceptives or other hormonal therapies. If pain persists then consider minimally invasive surgery like laparosocopy. ...Read more

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Is their any other tests to get diagnosis for my case after positive ANA test, leukocytosis, sever joint pain and itchy skin patches ?

Is their any other tests to get diagnosis for my case after positive ANA test, leukocytosis, sever joint pain and itchy skin patches ?

Positive ana: There are many other tests that can help confirm a diagnosis. Additional blood tests to determine the exact antibody that is causing the positive ANA should be done. A skin biopsy may be indicated. It is possible that your doctor has already arrived at a diagnosis from your constellation of symptoms. ...Read more

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Have lupus symptoms, but ANA is negative. Are symptoms enough to diagnose? joint pain, skin discoloration, numbness in toes, insomnia, family history

Have lupus symptoms, but ANA is negative. Are symptoms enough to diagnose? joint pain, skin discoloration, numbness in toes, insomnia, family history

ANA is one factor: Diagnosis of lupus requires consideration of about 11 factors and ANA is one. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-diagnostic-criteria Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Feeling unwell for 6 mos now w/ neck pain but neg in HIV & normal CBC. What other screening tests I can undergo to rule out diseases & pinpoint cause?

Feeling unwell for 6 mos now w/ neck pain but neg in HIV & normal CBC. What other screening tests I can undergo to rule out diseases & pinpoint cause?

Don't guess!: You will need a comprehensive physical exam to include aCBC,metabolic profile, thyroid profile and female hormone levels. Do not just do a "variety of tests"- all tests must be correlated with a physical exam. ...Read more

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Can perineum-urethral pain be symptoms of prostatitis, even when digital rec. exam, ultrasnd with urinalysis show nothing. What tests 4 confirmation?

Can perineum-urethral pain be symptoms of prostatitis, even when digital rec. exam, ultrasnd with urinalysis show nothing. What tests 4 confirmation?

2 vs 4 glass test: Urinalysis is not a 'gold standard' for prostatitis - the 2 and 4 glass test is very useful, and measures urinary bacteria levels from 4 points during a single voided specimen 1) first urine =urethral 2) second urine = bladder 3) post- prostate massage urine = prostatic sample, and 4) second post-prostate massage urine = prostatic sample ...Read more

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Are curretage medical procedures painful?

Yes, especially dila: Yes it is dilatation of the cervix that is painful. It is better to have some sedation. Can also be done with cervical local anesthetic block but i still vote for sedation. ...Read more

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Is rectum manometry test is painful?

Not usually: But it can be a bit uncomfortable. No real pain, just some pressure. ...Read more

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Which medical tests would be used to detect diverticulitis?

Which medical tests would be used to detect diverticulitis?

Combination of tests: Diverticulitis is inflammation of small sacs (diverticula) in the large intestine. Clinical symptoms including right lower quadrant pain, sometimes associated with fever. Tests might show an elevated white blood count, ct scan showing inflammation of the colon. Colonoscopy is generally not recommended during acute phase of diverticulitis. Severe symptoms or worsening symptoms may require or. ...Read more

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How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?

How painful is an emg (electromyogram) test?

Tolerable discomfort: Emg and nerve conduction studies are typically performed together. Nerve conduction studies feel like a short electrical impulse and are, in a word, annoying. Several nerves are tested. Emg involves placing a fine wire pin into various muscles-- the pin is about the size of an acupuncture needle and feels like an insect bite-- not as bad as a shot, iv, or blood draw. Several muscles are tested. ...Read more

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Which medical tests should diabetes patients have ?

Multiple: For full information talk w/your doctor and visit diabetes.Org (the american diabetes association website). ...Read more

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What medical tests do you need to fast for?

What medical tests do you need to fast for?

TRIGYLICERIDES: and FASTING BLOOD SUGAR are the only ones that come to mind immediately HOWEVER am sure there are others Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Is an emg test painful?

Uncomfortable: Like a lot of medical tests emgs are not fun. I tell patients there will be some discomfort but it should be tolerable and not last too long. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy test is very painful?

Is colonoscopy test is very painful?

Painless: Very easy to have this test as in most cases you will be anesthetized. The only issue is the preparation which involves taking a type of laxative to clean things out prior to the doctor have a look. ...Read more

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Is there a medical test to confirm anxiety?

Testing Anxiety: No. But there are verbal and written tests that a good psychotherapist may offer to diagnose. But, family physicians, internal medicine docs and the mental health professionals can diagnose this often without any formal testing. There are options to learn and ways to get better. You just need to reach out and ask for help. ...Read more

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Can a medical test cause you to lose your virginity?

Medical tests: Don't cause loss of virginity. However, there could be some tearing of the hymen with some medical procedures. ...Read more

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How long before one tests negative after a medical abortion?

How long before one tests negative after a medical abortion?

HCG drops: Just like after a miscarriage or a d;c, blood levels of HCG have to drop to zero first. The higher it started the longer generally for it to come down. Unfortunately some abortions, like miscarriages, are also incomplete. This is something to talk with your real live doctor about. ...Read more

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Will HSG test be painful? I am scared. How long will it take for the test

Will HSG test be painful? I am scared. How long will it take for the test

Some discomfort: Most patients getting an HSG will have some strong cramping during the study. It is usually pretty fast - about 10 minutes. Take 600mg ibuprofen an hour or so before. ...Read more

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Is hycosy test is painful for patient and what is a procedure to do hycosy?

May be mild: Hycosy , is hysterogram with sonogram non iodine contrast will given will give same tesults as regular hysterogram with out radiation and no iodine dye, to diagnose tubal patency and tubal pregnancy . It is simple an out patient procedure , will have little discomfort. ...Read more

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I have a family history of arthistis ann lumpus should I get a medical test.

I have a family history of arthistis ann lumpus should I get a medical  test.

See below: Not unless you are having symptoms as you may test false positive in light of your family history. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How can silent reflux be dignosed in adults ? Which medical tests do I need pls?

How can  silent reflux  be dignosed in adults ? Which  medical tests do I need pls?

EGD: Your gold standard test in this regard would be the EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) in which a GI doctor puts a camera down your throat while you're under sedation and looks for things like hiatal hernia (causes reflux), ulcers, gastritis and duodenitis. Reflux (esophagitis) doesn't have to burn to cause damage to the esophagus. ...Read more

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Just heard that many medical tests are not needed. Confused more than ever. Who is right?

Just heard that many medical tests are not needed. Confused more than ever. Who is right?

Complicated subject: The reason tests r ordered r varied. Unfortunately not every test is absolutely needed.Often it's part of an appropriate medical eval. Other times, it's b/c a pt wants it even if the doc doesn't. Other times it's b/c a doc is worried about missing something rare & orders extra tests. These aren't all good reasons, but in our health care system, it's reality. 1 answer: good communication w/ ur doc. ...Read more

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Ovulation with out any medical test is it possisble to know that I am ovulating or not?

Ovulation
with out any medical test is it possisble to know that I am ovulating  or not?

NO : If you want to know if you are ovulating instead of just trying to get pg, or not, otc or a doctors kit is the only way to truly know. ...Read more

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For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

For early detection of disease, which common medical tests must a 60 year old have each year?

Several: Some would say none without symptoms i favor: history physical exam ekg chest x-ray cbc and chemistry panel stool for blood and colonoscopy ever 5-10 years possibly screening for carotid and PVD and AAA if a smoker prostate exam and maybe psa. ...Read more

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Unable to access old medical records. Should I do all the old tests over again? Seems ridiculous to me.

Unable to access old medical records.  Should I do all the old tests over again?  Seems ridiculous to me.

Not ridiculous: I as the patient am not the same as i was a year ago or ten years ago. The body is changing regularly. By no means wasteful. ...Read more