Couldn't get an appointment so had tel consult with GP. Asked to be sent for dexa scan as I'm on Pred and it's classed as long term. Told him I couldn't take AA as it upsets my stomach. He said that if I just wanted to see if my bones are ok but wouldn't take AA or similar then he couldn't sent me. He said that my bones will definitely get weaker because of the Pred if I don't take AA or similar. I told him that the scan would give a baseline to see if there was any decline over a year etc, but he said it doesn't work like that. If I'd had a previous fracture then there wouldn't be a problem. Ahhhhh
He went round the houses saying the same things for so long. Then said he wasn't trying to be difficult but if he referred me for NHS dexa scan it would be refused.
I looked on line at NHS site and it states that dexa scan should be carried out for patients on long term steroids and states 3 months as long term ( been on them 5months). When I told GP he said it must be old information. Ahhhhhhh
At my request he has agreed to send a referral letter to private hospital to enable me to have a private scan. The scan will cost me £175, but what price good health. Should have put it on my Christmas list.
The call was so frustrating and upsetting. Could have done without the upset.