To want a bloody blood test

(30 Posts)
HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 22:59:03

Ok not literally a 'bloody' BT (obviously) but ykwim.

I am so annoyed with my GP. I rang on Monday to ask if I could have a BT testing iron, vit D, vit B and whatever else relevant as I just dont feel right recently. My bones ache, when I wake up in the morning and my feet touch the floor they ache pretty badly especially when I walk. I get tired picking up very clingy teething dc2. I suffered with severely low levels of vit.D in my first pregnancy and low iron on and off since adolescence. I feel tired all the time, no motivation, like in a fog.

Anyway so back to Monday. The receptionist on phone had a word with GP and he okay'd it and she told me to pick up the form tomorrow (as in today) and take it to the phlebotomy clinic at the hosp. Went to pick it up today, and surprise surprise no sign of form. Receptionist asks GP again and after checking my records he changes his mind and refuses, saying I dont need it.

I last had a routine BT during pregnancy with dc2, born 7 months ago. Surely thats quite a long time ago now, and since then my body's gone through hell labour, breast feeding, sleep deprivation, skipping meals/eating anything quick while busy with dc. I was nearly in tears when she told me. I'm not sure why, I just feel so shit and my GP doesn't give a shit!

Aibu to have a blood test if I feel I need one. Or is my GP right in saying I should be fine as I was ok during second pregnancy? (Regularly took pregnacare then though). I feel he thinks i'm a hypochondriac.

EuroShaggleton Tue 30-Apr-13 23:03:08

Try spatone. It's fairly cheap and helped me enormously when I felt pretty much how you describe.

But yes, if you are feeling unwell, you are not unreasonable to want your GP to investigate. (Perhaps a little unreasonable to be demanding a specific list of blood tests.)

Sirzy Tue 30-Apr-13 23:05:06

Surely a GP would want to see someone and talk through symptoms rather than just letting a patient demand what they wanted?

Cherriesarelovely Tue 30-Apr-13 23:06:31

I feel for you greatly Hopping. I am 15 months into something a bit like this and despite reccomendations from a specialist my GP told me she was unwilling to order the blood tests he had advised because in HER opinion they were not necessary. It was the last straw for me and I left the practice. I know exactly what you mean. It is bad enough feeling like crap but to be made to feel as if you are imagining it/making it up is extremely upsetting and frustrating. I hope you get the test you need somehow and start to feel better soon.

DoJo Tue 30-Apr-13 23:06:31

Surely you'd be better of making an appointment with your GP to discuss the problems you're having than insisting on blood tests through self-diagnosis? Have they suggested that?

LessMissAbs Tue 30-Apr-13 23:06:44

My GP seems to positively want to give me as many blood tests as normal, on the slightest symptom (and I have nothing wrong with me), so YANBU. I can't understand it. Is your GP practice too full or something? You are describing symptoms of tiredness, I would have thought a test for underactive thyroid would have been par for the course, as well as for aneamia. Can you be more insistent?

OceanBeach Tue 30-Apr-13 23:09:10

I really don't think your GP is u reasonable you asking for blood tests over the phone. Surely you need to actually see your GP first! Just make an appointment and speak to a doctor. You may be right, but you don't know what investigations you need

YoniOrNotYoni Tue 30-Apr-13 23:10:37

Does seem a bit odd to call and ask for blood test. Isn't it normal to book appointment, discuss symptoms and then, if appropriate, have tests?

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:10:49

Thanks euro. Will pay pharmacy a visit tomorrow.

The receptionist on phone asked me what I wanted testing, so I told her. I hope I didn't sound demanding!

My vitamin D in first pregnancy was the lowest the midwife had ever come across, and I felt truly horrendous then. Every morning felt like I'd done few rounds with Tyson in the night. Well now I'm starting to feel a little like that. Hence my desire to be tested.

Sirzy Tue 30-Apr-13 23:12:09

Cherries - if a specialist wanted you to have certain tests then they should have arranged it not expected your Gp too

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:13:18

Shirley and dejo - GP can be very dismissive, I know he would only leave me feeling guilty for wasting his time. I actually thought I was doing him a favour.

milkysmum Tue 30-Apr-13 23:15:33

Make an appointment and discuss this face to face so he/ she can assess your symptoms and if indicated request the relevant testing, A GP cannot/ should not order blood testing to every patient who rings up without a consultation

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:17:15

Lessmiss- the practice is quite busy. I'm not sure why he is reluctant to have me tested, does it cost them alot? No idea.

I think I may just make an appointment.

CloudsAndTrees Tue 30-Apr-13 23:20:24

I agree you need to go and see the GP and tell them the symptoms.

You might have a reasonably good idea of what is wrong with you, but GPs can't just hand out blood tests for anyone who phones up and asks for one. It is their job to decide how to diagnose you.

If you do have low VitD/B and iron levels, wouldn't they just give you a supplement that you could buy yourself anyway? Or am I being completely ignorant?

Cherriesarelovely Tue 30-Apr-13 23:23:48

Maybe that was why she was snotty about it then! In any case, it was only one thing amongst many that she said which upset me and made a very stressful time even more stressful. I now have a different GP and the attitude is completely different. Good luck OP.

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:25:06

Cloud, I have seen vit D supplements in places like Holland n Barretts but its a very low dose compared to what GPs can prescribe.

My DH has had similar aches and pains, his tests came back with low vit D (taking tablets now) and vit B (weekly injections with nurse).

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:28:01

Thanks cherries.

I think I try and avoid seeing GP as he is so.bloody dismissive and patronising sometimes, makes me feel guilty for 'wasting his time'.

Will make an app, if I am not happy I might just find a new GP.

Cherriesarelovely Tue 30-Apr-13 23:34:32

I could write about this all night hoppin but I wont hijack your thread! That's not to say that some Drs aren't absolutely fantastic but if you feel dreadful and you have one like that it is so horrible. I am developing a thicker skin though!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 30-Apr-13 23:44:39

You can't just order a blood test over the phone. Make an appointment and discuss your problem with the GP so they can assess you. If you don't get on with your GP then see a different one.

I have low vitamin D levels post pregnancy and take supplements from H&B.

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:49:11

I think developing thicker skin is key! Ironically I always believed you should be able to 'bare your soul' to your GP. I find it hard to talk to mine. I think partly the reason for my 'unreasonable request' was wanting to avoid seeing him

I had an absolutely superb GP in my hometown. Then moved to DHs and registered with his GP. As he put it at the time 'he is a family friend and we ought to respect that by all of us being registered with him' or some nonsense hmm

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 30-Apr-13 23:53:08

You don't have to see the GP you're registered with. You can see anyone.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 30-Apr-13 23:53:49

*at that practice, I mean.

HoppinMad Tue 30-Apr-13 23:55:53

There are only two GPs. The other is always fully booked weeks in advance. i can kinda see why

McNewPants2013 Tue 30-Apr-13 23:56:23

Change your GP

Cherriesarelovely Tue 30-Apr-13 23:56:26

I did wonder if that was why you hadn't gone to see him! I started doing the same but in the end because I am having health problems at the moment I decided it couldn't go on. I needed to have a Dr I wasn't nervous of talking to. It's a shame really because we had been at the practice for 20 years but our old GP left a year ago, she was fantastic. Similar to your situation. I actually care for my MIL who has dementia and this particular Dr is fantastic with her so we kept MIL at that practice and moved the rest of us! So she's not all bad I suppose!

WafflyVersatile Tue 30-Apr-13 23:58:39

That's quite telling!

SomethingOnce Wed 01-May-13 00:02:08

I researched vit D testing and there is an NHS-run lab that offers an at-home blood spot test kit (which you mail back to the lab for analysis).

It's £25 which is a lot cheaper than others I've seen.

Disclaimer: I haven't actually got round to ordering one yet so can't vouch for the service.

You should still see your GP of course, but if you want a quick answer about vit D specifically it might be worth doing.

Hope you feel better soon.

Cherriesarelovely Wed 01-May-13 00:02:17

Yes, some of my friends said that Waffly!

mumat39 Wed 01-May-13 00:39:49

Hi OP

I had exactly the same aches and pains as you describe.

I was also tested for Vit d deficiency by a consultant at the local hospital who I was seeing about a thyroid issue.

The GP was surprised that i had been tested for vit d but My Vit D levels were also the lowest the GP had seen. Even lower than the elderly folk who he looks after. hmm

He booked me in for a booster jab, and I swear the next day I felt like a new person! It was truly truly amazing. He also put me onto 2000iu per day.

I was on these for 6 months after which he couldn't prescribe them anymore. He told me that I didn't need them anymore. The consultant at the hospital was surprised that the p had prescribed them as the borough that the hospital were part of didn't. His advice to me after the gp stopped providing them was to buy the cheapest D3 Cholecalciferol tablets I could find and take them daily forever.

From what I gleaned from the consultant, Vit D testing is expensive and when I had my booster jab, the nurse said the supplies were really low.

I don't think there's any harm in supplementing your diet with Vit D, and from what I've read, it's safe to take much higher doses than you might think.

If there is a good health food shop near you, you will be able to get some advice on this. I found some of this stuff natures Answer for less than on amazon, and it lasts for ages.

The thing to remember is that you don't need it on the days that you get good exposure to the sun. Apparently 20 minutes of nude sunbathing at midday in direct sunlight is good for getting what you need daily. For most peeps though that's not gonna happen, so supplementing is the only way as it's not really found in many foods naturally.

In some parts of Europe the governments enrich more foods than we do in the uk as there is evidence about the benefits of vitamin d/problems caused by deficiencies in it. I also give it to my children in drop form during the colder dark grey months, so pretty much the whole of last year.

If you can get hold of some, you could try it for a few weeks and see if it helps. If it does, then I don't think there's any point in going to the gp for this, unless you can see a different one in the practice.

Just out of interest, when you were deficient during pregnancy, how much did the GP tell you to take?

Sorry for the long post but hope it's helpful. I'm nt medically trained but am still amazed by how much difference it made to me in such a short space of time, esp after enduring all those achey niggles for a few years.

Take care

mumat39 Wed 01-May-13 00:41:57

Apologies for cross post re only 2 gp's at the practice.

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