After you receive your blood test report what do you usually do? Ask doctor to explain in detail. Unfortunately, doctor’s medical jargon is not easy to understand. By the time he finish explaining, you will have a big question mark over your head. Still don’t understand and you need more time to digest. Doctor will end with “You’re fine” or “Everything is okay”.
But what about this number over here? Is this consider serious?
You don’t need any MD degree to understand this medical jargons anymore.
A 49-year man by the name of John recently had a complete physical examination and comprehensive blood test and was told that everything was fine. However, John decided to request his blood test and found that one of his kidney tests was out of the normal range. This one finding led to the discovery that John had a prostate problem. What if John did not have the knowledge to understand his blood test?
Another example is a 37 year woman who was experiencing significant fatigue. Although her doctor said all her tests were normal, she insisted based on what she learned from this manual that her doctor should order a special test for anemia. To her doctor’s surprise, the test came back abnormal revealing the cause of Mary’s fatigue. Again, what if Mary did not have this information to better understand her blood test?
I am firmly convinced that people need to take an active role in their health care and not assume that their physician is infallible.
Understand Your Blood Test Report