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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.

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


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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