Specialty Lab Testing Q&A

What role does specialty lab testing play in a naturopathic medicine practice?

Dr. Schneller uses lab tests in much the same way as a more conventionally trained physician. Lab tests provide critical information when it comes to screening for specific conditions or providing a diagnosis. 

Dr. Schneller offers several specialized tests, including stool tests and food allergy testing, that may not be commonly used by an internal medicine provider. Dr. Schneller may include these along with more standard blood tests like CBC, fasting glucose, and thyroid function, as well as urinalysis to look for infection. 

Why might I need specialty lab testing?

When you have a condition or symptoms that just can’t be diagnosed by your traditional medical provider and don’t respond to conventional treatment, Dr. Schneller may recommend specialty lab testing. 

It’s OK to skip a traditional doctor and head straight to Inclusive Natural Medicine if you experience physical symptoms that affect your well-being. 

Examples of symptoms that may warrant specialized testing include: 

  • Skin rash
  • Extraordinary fatigue
  • Muscle pain or weakness
  • Digestive distress
  • Memory problems
  • Mood irregularities
  • Headaches 
  • Obesity
  • Chronic pain
  • Nasal congestion and seasonal allergies
  • Fertility problems

Specialty lab testing helps Dr. Schneller get at the root of what may be causing your unwellness. Instead of simply treating the symptoms, she evaluates your whole body and helps you achieve comprehensive wellness.

What specialty lab testing is available?

Among the many lab tests that Dr. Schneller may order include:

Food allergy testing

Many people are sensitive to components found in food. Food allergy testing can determine foods that may be causing an abnormal immune response resulting in symptoms such as extreme fatigue, skin rashes, digestive distress, and brain fog. 

Environmental sensitivity testing

Many people are sensitive to things in the environment, and their health suffers as a result. Environmental sensitivity testing assesses the impact of plants, molds, animals, dust, and seasonal pollen has on your body and health. 

Stool testing

Imbalances in the digestive tract can lead to symptoms that show up in other places in the body. Stool testing can look for yeasts, bacteria, blood, markers of inflammation, or immune markers. 

If you have symptoms that seem undiagnosable, call Inclusive Natural Medicine to benefit from specialty lab testing, or schedule a consultation online today.