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SLE: why is doc asking for a glucose tolerance test done?

(9 Posts)
FrostyTheShosheman Wed 05-Dec-12 12:37:03

Plus a whole stack of blood tests as well again (sigh)

I know the drugs aren't working very well now, and things are getting worse but wasn't sure why the glucose test?

Footle Wed 05-Dec-12 16:24:54

To find out if you have diabetes ? There may be other reasons specific to SLE , but that's the usual one.

FrostyTheShosheman Wed 05-Dec-12 18:40:13

I have fairly regular diabetes checks as both parents had adult onset diabetes, so wondered if this test was for something different.

crashdoll Wed 05-Dec-12 19:26:00

Are you on steroids? I had regular glucose tests on prednisolone as it can sometimes induce diabetes?

FrostyTheShosheman Wed 05-Dec-12 19:48:34

Yep on prednisolone.

I have moved and under a new Dr, my old one never did blood test, the new one seems to think I should have been having them regularly.

Mind you the old one, when telling me that I also had Fibromyalgia, to 'go look it up on the internet'

So maybe I should have been.

crashdoll Thu 06-Dec-12 08:22:42

I saw a doctor who told me the cure for my joint problems and fatigue was to go to a spa for the weekend. He didn't run a single blood test. I saw someone else, who diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis after abnormal bloods and scans. So, sadly, I am not suprised with what you are saying. Have you been on prednisolone for a long period of time? They told me that if you're on it for longer than a few weeks, checking glucose and other things, is a good idea.

FrostyTheShosheman Thu 06-Dec-12 12:54:27

Yep been on and off it for ten years. Never had a blood test done in all that time.

Kundry Fri 07-Dec-12 00:33:14

If you are on steroids, your GP is probably worried about steroid-induced diabetes. It's most likely to be a be a sign your new GP is really good at his stuff.

Startail Fri 07-Dec-12 01:35:51

Nan had diabetes they think was caused by steroids, Tiny slight lady so obesity not a factor.

I don't think it bothered her as long as she took her pills and was slightly careful what she ate. She lived to 92.

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