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Aches and Pains Blood Test

Original price £149.00 - Original price £149.00
Original price
£149.00 - £149.00
Current price £149.00


This test has been specifically developed by our clinical team to help people suffering from joint and muscle pains.

Easy sample collection at our clinics or via a home kit.

Results - super fast for most markers (check specific turnaround below), with Health Dashboard explanations.

Quick and simple, from a local lab you can speak to.

Step 1. Choose sample collection option:

Currently selected option: HOME KIT via Royal Mail Tracked 24


  • Available everywhere in mainland UK
  • Kit includes everything you need to take a safe and suitable blood sample, together with detailed instructions on how to do it. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes
  • Post the sample back to our laboratory via Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • Same accuracy from the comfort of your home

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About the Aches and Pains Blood Test

Suffering from aches and pains in your body? This group of tests has been specifically developed to help people suffering from joint and muscle pains. These are very common complaints and are sometimes caused by underlying medical problems such as inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune conditions, or nutritional deficiencies. This comprehensive test will give a powerful insight into what is going on with the muscles and bones in your body.

This panel has been developed by our Clinical Governance Team member, Dr. Adam Staten

26 Biomarkers


    - White Blood Cell Count (WBC)
    - Red Blood Cell Count (RBC)
    - Haemoglobin (HGB)
    - Hematocrit (HCT)
    - Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)
    - Mean Corpuscular Haemoglobin (MCH)
    - Mean Corpuscular Haemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
    - Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW)
    - Platelets (PLT) (Venous samples only)
    - Mean Platelet Volume (MPV)
    - Lymphocytes (LYM)
    - Monocytes (MON)
    - Neutrophils (NEU)
    - Eosinophils (EOS)
    - Basophils (BAS)


    - Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
    - Uric acid
    - Creatine Kinase (CK)
    - Aspartate AminoTransferase (AST)
    - Calcium
    - Corrected Calcium
    - Albumin


    - C-Reactive protein
    - Rheumatoid Factor (RF)


    - Ferritin
    - Iron


    Need more biomarkers? Check out our Essential All Systems Blood Test


    Our usual turnaround time is 24-48 hours, or less, from the time your sample is in our lab. We do not wait for all the results to complete before sending them to you, so you may start receiving results the same day for most cases, or as results become available.

    We are extremely proud of our very short turnaround times and a very efficient laboratory processes. Whilst we accommodate the shortest of time scales, with some results available within hours, you should allow up to 48 hours for you results to come back for routine testing and potentially longer for specialised investigations.

Doctor's notes

Hi, I am Dr. Adam Staten and here's my view on this test as a GP and Clinical Director at One Day Tests.

Muscle, bone and joint pains are common and range from being a mild irritation to being severely disabling. We often attribute our pains to our active lives, or simply the wear and tear of ageing, but sometimes there is a treatable medical cause of these pains. This is particularly true if you have a family history of conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, or you suffer with swollen or very stiff joints in the morning.

We test for a number of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. CRP is a general marker of inflammation that can give us an indication as to whether there is an autoimmune or inflammatory cause of your pains. Rheumatoid Factor is a specific marker that we use to look for rheumatoid arthritis, it is very sensitive and may be positive before any obvious disease has started. Uric acid is a waste product in blood that results from the breakdown of purines in your food. High levels of uric acid can cause gout which results in very painful, swollen joints. Ferritin is raised in the condition haemochromatosis which is an unusual cause of joint pain that can also cause liver problems. Creatinine Kinase (CK) is a marker or muscle damage or inflammation and may be raised in muscle disorders known as "myositis".

Calcium levels and abnormal metabolism of micronutrients can also cause aches and pains. To explore this, we check your levels of calcium as well as the enzyme Alkaline Phosphatase which is involved in bone metabolism.

Red flag symptoms for the Aches and Pains Blood Test

Even if your blood tests are normal, you should see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms below.

  • Red, hot and swollen joints
  • Joint pains and fever
  • You are losing weight or feeling generally unwell with your joint pains

Your Results and Health Dashboard

The results of your Aches and Pains Blood Test will be emailed to you as a secured PDF file, ready for your GP and will also be uploaded to our Health Dashboard area of the website. It’s a unique and powerful tool, powered by our in-house clinical analysis research, to match your biomarkers across test panels and symptoms, as well as provide clinical commentary on all individual biomarkers you tested for.

The health dashboard will also provide "panel level" commentary - a birds eye view of the biomarkers that were tested. This feature allows you to view your test results and clinical commentary, and compare them to previous results, giving you a clear understanding of how your health is progressing.

By using the Health Dashboard, you can identify changes in your biomarkers and make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle. This added value is immense, as it empowers you to monitor your health and make informed decisions about your well-being.

It's free and is available with all of our tests.

Save on continuous monitoring with our subscription plan

The best way to look after your health is to do so regularly. This is easy to do with our continual monitoring plans which give you a discount on future blood tests. You choose the frequency and we'll do the rest.

When you purchase a subscription, we will deliver your home test kits or allow you to book appointments in line with your chosen frequency. You will be able to track your biomarkers over time in our powerful Health Dashboard, where results will be automatically updated for you. There is a minimum of 3 tests with any subscription, after which you can pause/restart/cancel at any time.

Special instructions

Hi, I am Stefania Brown, I am the Laboratory Manager at One Day Tests and here are the lab's special requests for the Aches and Pains Blood Test.

Wait for any symptoms of short term illness to settle before you take this test. If you take biotin supplements, stop taking these for 72 hours before the test.

Avoid heavy exercise for 48 hours before the test.

There is a larger failure rate for some biomarkers in capillary testing (hemolysis etc). For Platelets (PLT) measurement we recommend a walk-in venous sample.

Venepuncture appointment - how to prepare

If you are coming into one of our clinics for the test, this is what you need to do before you arrive:

  • Drink plenty of water about an hour before the appointment.
  • Avoid coffee/tea/energy drinks. Water is good!
  • That’s it! We’ll do the rest.

Home test kit for Aches and Pains Blood Test - how it works

Our blood test kits are simple and convenient.

The most important step in doing a blood test at home is to read the instructions very carefully. The process is very simple, but there are a few pitfalls you need to be aware of - you will save yourself a lot of time if you do it right the first time around!

  • Full printed instructions will arrive with your kit - please read them carefully.
  • Drink plenty before taking the sample and warm your hands up in the sink with warm water for a few minutes. This will make your blood flow much better.
  • Fill the tubes to the top line. We don’t need much blood; filling tubes to the top line is about 15 drops of blood.
  • Post the samples on the same day you take them, before midday, Monday to Thursday. If you post it any other time it might get to us late or be stuck at a sorting office over the weekend. You will then have to do it again.
  • Package the sample in the same box the kit came in. Otherwise, Royal Mail or DPD will reject it. The sample tubes go into a pouch, then into a cardboard box, and then into a return envelope. All of this is provided in the kit: please use it.

We look forward to receiving your sample in our lab!

How the finger prick home test kit for Aches and Pains Blood Test works - from Dr. Adam Staten

Why choose us?

Hello! My name is Dr. Vinesh Mistry, I am part of the GP team here at One Day Tests and here is why you should trust us to test your blood.

We run our own regulated laboratories and our own accredited clinics. We manufacture our own approved home sample collection kits. Your results are looked after by our fantastic clinical governance team and our super-talented biomedical science team.

When you book your test with us - you book directly with the lab. This means accuracy and responsible duty of care, direct access to the provider and extremely fast turnaround times.

Finally, our customer services rock! You can ask the lab a question any time or you can speak to a real human. It's good to WhatsApp, email on or give us a call on 0845 527 07 67.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi, I am Lana Nela, Lead Nurse, and here is what we are frequently asked about this test.

If my RF is high positive, do I have rheumatoid arthritis? 

Not necessarily. The result needs to be put together with your symptoms. It is possible to have a positive result and have no symptoms, but this may mean you are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis in the future. 

How is vitamin D deficiency treated? 

This is not part of the test, but generally low levels of vitamin D are very common in the UK. We get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight so our indoor lifestyles and the low levels of sunshine in the UK lead to vitamin D deficiency, particularly in the winter months. Vitamin D supplements are readily availble over the counter and will improve your vitamin D levels.

What should I do if my uric acid is high?

A high uric acid puts you at risk of attacks of gout which can be extremely painful. You can do a lot to lower your uric acid levels by changing your diet and lifestyle. If levels remain high despite these changes, then your doctor can give you medication to lower your levels.

Why take this test?

Hi, I am Dr. Marco Esposito and here is why it's important to take this test.
  • You are suffering from widespread or recurrent aches and pains
  • You are worried about a family history of inflammatory arthritis or other autoimmune conditions

Is this test right for you?

Hi, I am Jehad Al-Nashash, I am the Laboratory Director. Here are the symptoms that you may wish to address with this test.

If you are suffering from widespread or recurrent joint and muscle pains that you find difficult to explain, this test will check for any serious underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

It is also a useful test if you have a family history of autoimmune conditions or inflammatory arthritis.


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