• 5 months ago

    Furious over lab tests

    OK, I worried and fretted and was violently ill over the weekend because I had to have a lab test (basic metabolic panel and a vitamin D level). I abhor getting my blood drawn, the thought of it makes me physically sick. I knew my doctor wanted these tests but today when I go looking for the results, I see ANOTHER test (Anion Gap? I thought that was a urine test) showing as "pending" or "upcoming"...I have an office visit tomorrow and NOW I think they are going to draw my blood AGAIN!? No. No, no, no, no. no. Whatever this test was, she should have ordered it with the others. I'm thinking of cancelling the appointment.


  • 5 months ago

    RE: Furious over lab tests

    You should definitely raise your concerns with your doctor. Also, you're not REQUIRED to get lab tests. Talk to your doctor to be sure you're getting EXACTLY what you need and ONLY what you need.

    Good luck!
      • 5 months ago
        I'm "required" to get lab tests because I am on certain medications (most notably, a diuretic for high blood pressure). My last doctor made me come in FASTING every 6 months. Now I've changed doctors and THIS one wants appointments every FOUR months. Or they don't refill the medication. Apparently this is par for the course. The new doctor also cannot get the dosage, frequency and amount right on a different medication I take for migraines; now I'm nearly out and because of the way the prescription is written I have to go without it for two months. Looks like I'll be changing doctors AGAIN.