Freslanta wrote:Hi all,
I’m new here so I’ll just dive in. I’m age 59, my Mom has Alzheimer’s and her Mom died from it...I had my physician put together a bloodwork order I can take to LabCorp... Do any of you have any idea what it might cost to get the bloodwork done?
Thanks for any input.
Welcome to this forum, Freslanta! We love people who "just dive in", especially since many of us have been where you are as a daughter of someone with Alzheimer's. We know the reality of "just give me the $%*! answer; I don't have time for anything else!"
Tincup is one of our Moderators; his link to our Wiki section on Direct to Consumer Lab Testing Options
is one that should give you lots of possible choices.
Like you, I've BCBS and found that my primary care doctor could order a number of useful labs (chemistry panels, basic lipid panels, electrolytes, Vitamin D and B-12, thyroid, glucose , as well as an EKG (always a good thing to take care of your heart as well as your brain.) I suggest you call and ask which could be ordered as part of an annual physical, which is probably something your doctor or his billing clerk knows without looking it up.
Once I had those, I looked at what areas I was concerned about and ordered a few, but not many, additional tests online after I considered the cost. (Often single tests are much less than combinations that you won't need. And you can wait for sales, which happen several times a year.) I then took the emailed lab slip to the local Lab Corp near me and got emailed test results with a reference range back usually within a few days. In my case those included an NMR panel to see LDL-particles (LDL-P) based on a moderately high LDL-C. I took those results back to my doctor, who took almost an hour to talk through options for addressing the results. You can also get some test kits like Hemoglobin A1c at Walgreens or CVS and do the test at home.
Before you do this, you may want to add the Primer
to your reading list. It's been developed over several years by a doctor who is also ApoE 4/4 and has been involved with this forum since its beginning. It is designed specifically for people who have one or two copies of ApoE 4 and comes with suggestions about lots of strategies that don't involve spending lots on blood tests.
I also recommend browsing a little on the "How-To" Get the most out of the ApoE4.info website
It will save you time in quoting members so they see your questions, subscribing to topics you like, to be notified of new posts, searching for answers to questions that others may have also had and other tips some of us learned the hard way!
I hope that you know you always have support here to share both the highs and lows of being the daughter of a mother with Alzheimer's. Both your mother and grandmother may have had now-recognized risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, unrecognized cardiac disease and other sources of stress that led to that diagnosis. We believe on this forum that our own willingness to learn about this risk, and to take steps to maintain and improve our health, will pay off for decades and be felt in the near-term in better health, mood and a sense of resilience. So please be kind to yourself on this journey, ask questions and share your thoughts whenever and however you choose!