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Old 02-01-2007, 05:05 PM
 
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Looking at, and for the testers at area pharmacies and dept stores. Anyone know if the colonostopy(not spelled right, I am sure)cholestrol, blood pressure kits work? And if they do what kind did u use? Were they expensive, and did your insurance cover them?

THANKS......So curious if I can save some money on some blood, and stool tests.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Blood pressure cuffs you get in stores seem to work well. It's best to get the automatic ones.

Stool testing kits which look for blood in the stool aren't as definitive as getting a colonoscopy. I'd suggest if you're having a condition like that you go to see a doctor. It could be something as simple as food poisoning to crohn's to celiac to polops.

The last cholesterol test I had was blood based, a stab on the finger at one of those community health fairs. I'm not aware of any home test. The pharmacist should be able to give you further information.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Looking at, and for the testers at area pharmacies and dept stores. Anyone know if the colonostopy(not spelled right, I am sure)cholestrol, blood pressure kits work? And if they do what kind did u use? Were they expensive, and did your insurance cover them?

THANKS......So curious if I can save some money on some blood, and stool tests.
I doubt very seriously that insurance will cover anything purchased over the counter. Stool testing isn't a boxed item in the pharmacy area just yet. See a doctor if you are experiencing blood in your stool.

Cholesterol testing can be an easy thing to have done. Many clinics don't require that you see a doctor, but just do a blood draw and send it to the lab for you. Your insurance should pay for that, minus your co-payment.

Blood pressure cuffs are really state of the art today! A good one will run you about $75 - get a digital readout; self-inflating cuff.

Hope this helps :-)
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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[quote=Pittle;327270 See a doctor if you are experiencing blood in your stool. ..Cholesterol testing can be an easy thing to have done. Your insurance should pay for that, minus your co-payment. ...
Blood pressure .......Hope this helps :-)[/QUOTE]

Ditto. Or you can see your nurse practitioner (or PA) - but blood in the stool is not normal.
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If you do a stool sample test, it's best if you don't eat red meat at least 48 hrs prior to the test... It can cause your stool to test positive for blood. I found this out from my Doctor. Had to do a second test because of it.
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Anything red is a no no, even Jell-O.
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:21 AM
 
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Fact: Drs do "blood in stool tests all the time" this is to see if you have blood in the stool. If you know you already have blood in the stool then you need a colonoscopy...right away. Could be ulcers, Cancer or hemmroids. Get it checked by a professional...John RN
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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I have used those home cholesterol kits but I am not sure of how accurate they are. I had the finger test stick done at a wellness screening at work and it said my TC was in the 260 range.. Came home and did the home test and it said the 230 range but I couldn't get my finger to bleed enough to feel that is was a good reading.. For some reason, I can prick my finger while sewing and there'll be blood everywhere.. Try those finder stickers with the boxed tests and it don't want to bleed..
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