Walk In Lab

Living on the road full-time has it’s challenges with regard to health care, and while my doctor has been kind enough to do 2 phone consults with me this summer, it’s certainly not ideal. She hasn’t been much help with my Restless Legs Syndrome except for ordering lab tests, and now that I’ve doubled my iron supplement and am eating meat again, it’s important that I test my ferritin every 3 months.

This past week I tried Walk In Lab. It’s a website where you order your own labs and then take a print-out to the local Labcorp for testing. I got my results back within a day and my levels have gone from 24 to 32. It’s finally absorbing! (My goal is 100).

My nights are still worse than ever. Hopefully raising my ferritin and spending this winter at a lower elevation will help. It turns out oxygen in the blood also plays a role in RLS which explains why my legs would fire up in Colorado and subside in Southern California. Unfortunately low elevation didn’t help me this summer, though I’m hoping it will once my ferritin gets to a more optimum level.

Anyway. Fellow travelers who need to order your blood tests, I hope you find Walk In Lab handy!

Dinner Last Night:
Chinese Chicken Salad. I used real mandarin oranges and cut back on the dressing. It was delicious.

2016 Cost of Camping:
26 nights free camping
275 nights paid camping
301 days this year thru 10/29
Total spent on camping this year: $7890.14
Daily average cost of camping: $26.21

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10 Comments

  • Reply Wheelingit October 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    A few other lab options for you:
    Direct Labs -> comprehensive & easy to use. We’ve used them three times.
    AnyLabTestNow -> we used these guys in Oregon several times
    We’ve been self-ordering tests all our years on the road, since we’ve never been able to get a primary care doc.

    Really hope those ferritin levels keep rising for you and your leg gets better!

    Nina

    • Reply Leigh October 23, 2016 at 5:19 am

      Thanks Nina!

  • Reply Michael October 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Have you reviewed your magnesium and potassium levels? An imbalance in those might be a culprit.

    • Reply Leigh October 23, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Hi Michael, my doctor did a full blood panel last month and my magnesium and potassium is fine. I had a better night last night (not perfect but not horrible), possibly related to what time it was when I finished eating for the day. Crossing fingers.

  • Reply Colleen November 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Hi there,
    I just stumbled upon this. I’m researching going out on the road full time. I’m a fresh empty nester, in fact it’s still warm. 😎 I’m super happy to know I can order my own labs.
    I battled RLS for the longest time. neurontin, Lyrica the works. Turns out I’m very, very sensitive to diphenhydramine ( Benadryl). If you take it for sleep like zzzzquil you may be ‘activating’ your legs unwittingly. Just thought I’d throw that out there. I still get it but it’s almost non existent compared to what it was.
    Thanks for your blog posts. I really appreciate the info..
    Colleen

    • Reply Leigh November 23, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Hi Colleen, I learned about the antihistamine effect this year and have been avoiding. I need to learn more about anti-convulsants as a solution. Right now I’m using restiffic foot wraps with mixed results.

  • Reply Bethany November 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Your magnesium level will almost always be normal with a blood test. I have several patients who have done topical magnesium at night & symptoms resolve. Dr Mercola has a good article on magnesium deficiency, you should check it out. I would recommend topical magnesium nightly for at least 2 weeks before writing it off.

  • Reply Jane Reed January 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve had RLS for at least a decade. I don’t know how I’d survive if it were not for the pill I take at night. I’d never go to sleep. I have not had to really increase the amount I take. A doctor did switch the medicine once, but I don’t think that’s bad over 10 years. If I take iron supplements I’d have constipation!
    Good luck.

    • Reply Leigh January 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hi Jane! I’m glad you’re able to get your RLS under control. I’ve recently had some really good luck eliminating gluten from my diet. I’m not 100% better, but am significantly better. Thanks for commenting!

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