The Full Blood Count (FBC)
This test looks for abnormalities in your blood, such as unusually high or low numbers of blood cells. This common blood test can help to diagnose a wide range of illnesses, infections and diseases. Doctors use this test to find abnormalities and then use further tests to find the source of these abnormalities.
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
This blood test measures how quickly red blood cells (erythrocytes), separate from a blood sample that has been treated, so the blood will not clot. The test is most useful for diagnosing and/or monitoring diseases that cause pain and swelling from inflammation. These diseases include: Temporal arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis & Polymyalgia rheumatica.
C-reactive Protein test (CRP)
This test is used to find inflammation in your body. Inflammation could be caused by different types of conditions, such as an infection or autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. This test measures the amount of CRP in your blood. CRP is a protein made by the liver and sent into the bloodstream. Blood levels may be higher when you have inflammation or an infection.
The Uric Acid (UA) Blood Test
A uric acid blood test, also known as a serum uric acid measurement, determines how much uric acid is present in your blood. The test can help determine how well your body produces and removes uric acid. Most commonly, the test is used to: diagnose and monitor people with gout, monitor people who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, check kidney function after an injury, find the cause of kidney stones, diagnose kidney disorders. You may need a uric acid test if: you have joint pain or swelling that may be related to gout, you’re currently undergoing chemotherapy, you’re about to start chemotherapy, you have frequent kidney stones & you’ve been diagnosed with gout in the past.