Fatigue isn’t the same as tiredness. It’s weariness, lethargy, apathy, and a general lack of energy all wrapped up into one depressing package that doesn’t go away when you sleep or rest.
Unfortunately most people don’t understand that. Friends and family can think you’re being lazy and might expect you to 'pull yourself together'. But fatigue isn’t a condition that you can recover from by trying harder or ‘thinking positively’. That's why we've design this simple chronic fatigue test.
While fatigue can be related to lack of sleep, it’s also usually related to doing too much, experiencing high stress and having a poor diet. For some people, it can become chronic, making everyday tasks increasingly difficult - sometimes impossible.
If you’re suffering from fatigue, the challenge is figuring out what’s causing it. This chronic fatigue test investigates the underlying factors that can contribute to a general lack of energy. Based on your blood test results, our medical professionals can advise you on simple changes you can make to improve your energy.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problem in Australia. It slows your body’s production of haemoglobin, which your red blood cells need to pick up oxygen from your lungs and carry it to every cell in your body. If you have a shortage of iron you experience symptoms of anaemia, which include feeling breathless after little exercise, feeling tired, heart palpitations and looking pale.
An essential trace element is necessary for forming healthy red blood cells and for some enzymes.
A protein that binds iron and transports it around the body (also known as TIBC). High levels indicate iron deficiency.
Low levels typically indicate iron deficiency, and high levels can indicate iron overload.
The ferritin concentration within the blood stream reflects the amount of iron stored in your body and is reduced in anaemia.
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin found in meat products and certain algae such as seaweed. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency can include fatigue, anaemia and poor balance. Check out our Vitamin B12 Check for more information.
Found almost entirely in meat and animal food products. Cobalamin helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA.
Your thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate growth and energy expenditure. Thyroid disorders are quite common, and many people don’t have any symptoms at all. This thyroid test screens for the thyroid hormones that play a key role in regulating the body’s metabolism.
Communicates with the thyroid gland to produce T3 and T4 which regulate metabolic functions. High TSH thyroid test levels indicates an underactive thyroid, and low levels an overactive thyroid.
Measures the thyroxine that is freely circulating and able to regulate metabolism. High FT4 thyroid test levels indicate an overactive thyroid, and low levels an underactive thyroid.
Measures the triiodothyronine that is freely circulating. High FT3 thyroid test levels indicate an overactive thyroid, and low levels an underactive thyroid.
The best time to do this test is first thing in the morning.
Fast from all food and drink other than water for at least 8 hours, and no more than 12 hours prior to your test.
Print out the pathology form that we email you.
Take your form to your local collection centre to have your sample taken - no need for an appointment.