The Role of Inflammation and Autoimmune Testing
Inflammation testing and autoimmune testing can help differentiate diseases since there is a notable overlap among symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions. Consider testing if you have a family history of autoimmune disorders, are experiencing ongoing inflammatory symptoms, or notice a new symptom.
Test results can guide treatment and behaviors like changes to the diet and exercise that can improve quality of life. Testing can also help a health care professional monitor an inflammatory condition and determine whether treatment is working. Keep in mind, tests designed to detect inflammation do not distinguish between acute and chronic inflammation.
Who should get testing?
If you have a family history of autoimmune disorders, your doctor might suggest testing as a proactive measure so you can make necessary lifestyle changes to protect your health. You also might need immunity testing if you are experiencing symptoms associated with an autoimmune disorder, including fever, rash, fatigue, joint pain or swelling, or muscle pain.
Types of Inflammation and Autoimmune Tests
There are a number of tests used to detect inflammation and autoimmune disorders. No test is perfect, and a clinical evaluation is always recommended along with testing. The most common tests include:
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Getting Tested for Inflammation and Autoimmune Disorders
Inflammation and autoimmune testing are almost always performed in a controlled medical setting like a doctor’s office, hospital, or accredited laboratory. Many different autoimmune tests identify inflammation, so it’s best that a medical professional guides you toward the right test given your family history, symptoms, and health status. If you have undergone inflammation testing, a clinician might recommend autoimmune testing that can detect specific disorders.
Costs of autoimmune testing
The cost of an autoimmune test will vary by location and test type. Labs, clinics, and at-home testing companies may accept insurance to cover or lower your cost of testing.
Testing can range dramatically in cost depending on what type of autoimmune panel you require and whether you get an at-home inflammation test or an at-home autoimmune test.
Types of sample collection
The sample for an autoimmune test will depend on the particular test you’re taking. Generally speaking, blood tests for inflammation and autoimmune issues is most common.
Getting test results
You may receive autoimmune test results during a follow-up appointment with your doctor, over the phone, or through online medical charts. It’s important to discuss results with a health care professional.
If autoimmune test results are positive, your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes such as diet and possibly medications.