Does anyone know if a GP can prescribe health supplement drinks which are packed full of vitamins and minerals etc.?
As some of you will know I have had asthma for around 10 - 12 years, recently been diagnosed with copd and am waiting to see if I have bronchiectasis. One of my main problems that during this past year I have had virtually no appetite and have been getting by on toast and cheese. The strange thing is that I have not lost weight and the dietician said this was due to empty calories from all the juices (no sugar added) I was drinking. She was no help to me at all and said I was overweight. I did know this funnily enough and her answer to my appetite problem was drinking tap water and taking a multivitamin pill. I asked her about drinks which were packed with vitamins etc so I could at least get some nutrition until my appetite comes back. She was quite rude and said they were only for underweight people. I was extremely discouraged by her attitude.
Today I was seeing my physio for neck problems brought about by the violent coughing and he was asking how I got on at the dieticians. He was shocked when I told him what had happened and suggested that as long as I am taking plenty of fluids it would make sense to take prescribed ones rather than diluted fruit juice. At least then I would be getting nutrition from my fluids until my appetite comes back. I had made up my mind not to return to the dietician but Rob (physio - who is also my neighbour) advised me to go back and be more assertive with her and ask her what she knows about copd! He wasn't sure if doctors could prescribe these drinks so I was wondering if anyone here had experience or advice to offer. Its not that I don't want to eat. I just have very very little appetite. once I am feeling better and able to eat I will then make it my goal to lose weight as I know this will help my breathing problems.
Thanks everyone for reading this and for your help which I know will be forthcoming. You never let anyone down and it makes me feel so grateful that I have you all to turn to. Oh dear, I am getting all soppy now. Take care everyone. Love hugs xxx