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Author Topic: How do you get test results?  (Read 2815 times)

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Offline h2ap

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How do you get test results?
« on: April 09, 2009, 01:02:32 PM »

I see an infectious disease specialist at a hospital, and I've been having trouble getting test results. Basically, once I get my blood drawn, he'd tell me to call in a week to get the test results, but every time I call and leave a message, he never calls me back.  Is this something that's common among specialists? (e.g. too busy to call back?)  So I end up getting test results on my next visit.  I know it's not all that important to get the #'s right away, but since I got on the meds recently, I get pretty anxious about the test results.

Also, I noticed that there are clinics you could go to (as opposed to hospitals) for infectious disease specialists.. Are you aware of any pros/cons for going to see an ID specialist at a clinic setting vs. a hospital setting?


Offline RapidRod

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2009, 03:19:49 PM »
If there are no problems I get them at my next visit at the ID doctor's appt. If there is a problem they phone me.

Offline Robert

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2009, 03:59:03 PM »
I'm not sure how frequently you're getting your tests done.  I go to my Dr 3 X year.  I get my blood drawn 1 week prior to the appointment and go over the results when we meet.

If she (or me) have questions or concerns (like last time when we met, my t-cells had fallen below 100.  Turns out it was just a bad draw.  When I got my blood drawn again after the appointment they bounced back up to over 500) then I get my blood drawn regarless of an appointment and she emails me the results.

I'm sure you're Dr is busy but he shouldn't be so busy as to not give you the results unless you're going to be seeing him in a few days. IF that's not the case, then, yeah, maybe I would try seeing someone else.


Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 04:55:40 PM »

I always get my results ( About 10 days after the draw) in the mail. This is in the form, of a sealed postcard. If there is anything out of the ordinary,( before sending this info), his office will call. The postcard contains CD-4 count, percentage, Viral load, CBC, Chem profile and Amylase results, and a comparison with the previous 3 month results. If I want more detailed results, I can get them from his office.

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Offline poz1970

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2009, 05:14:41 PM »
I email or phone the lovely receptionist at my doctor's surgery.. and get the results

*fingers crossed* nothing abnormal so far, so they've never needed to contact me before I end up emailing/phoning

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Offline h2ap

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009, 05:28:06 PM »
that all sounds great! Maybe i should go get a new doctor. I've been getting tested once a month since I just started the meds.
Do you guys see your doctors at a hospital setting or a clinic setting?

Offline RapidRod

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2009, 06:24:31 PM »
Hospital Clinic.

Offline David_CA

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2009, 06:31:07 PM »
I call my Dr's office a few days after having blood drawn for the results.  They follow them up in the mail, too.  I think I'd ask your Dr. how he wants you go get them from him.  Make a point to let him know that you'd like them prior to the next visit!  I know for a fact that some Dr's (not necessarily ID) don't always review the labs they've ordered.  Your getting them will ensure that at least one person (YOU) have looked them over!
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Offline John2038

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2009, 06:53:36 PM »
I fill the lab form and fetch the results 48h after
I feel lucky.

I fully agree with David_NC when he say I know for a fact that some Dr's (not necessarily ID) don't always review the labs they've ordered.

But it's never too late to change of doc. You should definitely get an ID doc, competent and avoid any others. Let him/her then refer you to others specialist when necessary.

Offline mecch

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2009, 08:10:19 PM »
At my Swiss clinic we give blood a few days before an appt with a specialist. So then doctor meets you in person and explains the results and asks and answers questions.  This seems old fashioned and its quite personal and reassuring.  Of course, it means two visits so you got to have the time.  I wouldn't mind getting the results by mail or phone after a personal meeting with the doctor. I think that is what is most important.  In an ideal situation.  I guess affordable care and affordable medicine is really the most important and you take what you can get depending on your circumstances and location.
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Offline Longislander

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Re: How do you get test results?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2009, 08:38:53 PM »
I got to a Dr. in what could be considered a clinic that is associated with a hospital , but not at the hospital. I'm always one of 2 patients in the office, at the most.

If I have the labs drawn when I see the Dr., the PA, or the Dr. call me on my cellphone within 5 days, and discuss the results.

If I have to make an afternoon appt with Dr, because of work or whatever reason, I go to a lab associated with that same hospital, that is actually closer to me than the Dr's office. The Doc has the results in time for my appt. I always have to fast because the Doc insists on a chol. test every time~

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