Answers for your symptoms: medical testing
New and seasoned parents alike will testify that babies don’t come with instruction manuals, but the same is true for adults. When you have medical symptoms that just aren’t adding up, it can be frustrating not to know what’s going on with your body. Luckily, there are answers for your symptoms with the use of medical testing.
If you are experiencing physical symptoms that are not normal for you, your first step should be to contact your physician. At your appointment, they will ask questions about your symptoms, their onset and severity. Your doctor will also review your medical history and ask you questions about your lifestyle and overall health to better understand a root cause. Your physician will recommend various medical tests to rule out underlying causes or gather more information to pinpoint the source of your symptoms. Medical tests can include:
- Lab work to collect blood, urine or tissue samples. Labs can determine levels of various components of your blood, vitamin deficiencies, elevated white blood cells that indicate infection or the presence of bacteria or disease markers.
- Digital x-rays to check for broken or displaced bones, abscesses, scoliosis, lung infections or tumors.
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs) to determine the source of heart palpitations, chest pain or irregular heartbeats. EKGs can uncover heart failure, attacks, blocked arteries and more.
- Audiometry to test hearing levels. An audiometry test can determine the type and amount of hearing loss present in order to identify the best treatment option.
- Spirometry to test the lungs for air capacity and efficiency.
- Ultrasounds to detect tumors, obstructions, infections or tears in internal tissues, muscles and organs.
Once your physician has reviewed the results of your medical testing, a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan can be formed. Medical testing can also be used to measure ongoing treatment success.
If you are experiencing new symptoms that are concerning you, it’s time to reach out to your medical provider for medical testing. The physicians at Westgate Family Physicians understand the frustration or fear that can stem from the unknown and will work tirelessly to identify the source. To schedule an appointment or request medical testing, call (864) 574-0070.