I’ve recently had a couple of tests done for MMA and homocysteine in relation to trying to find out about my low B12 levels. At the same time the doctor had ordered Vitamin D after I mentioned to him that a year ago my VitD was 50 nmol/L and a year later it had dropped to 35, despite taking 2,000IU per day over this period.
After attending a recent GP appointment, I asked about the Vitamin D result. He informed me that the lab refused the test, as they only do it when there are clinical symptoms. Apparently I shouldn’t be worried because I am taking supplements. The lab apparently stores the sample for two weeks and will run the test if the doctor ‘insists’. I mentioned that it would of been nice to see my latest result; is it still falling, or has it gone up? Especially since I am now taking 4,000IU per day to see if this helps. Don’t think he was particularly pleased by my persistence, but as he basically escorted me out of his office, he did mention he would phone the lab, we shall see.
So since when do labs have the authority or power to over-rule what the doctor wants (and the patient has asked for)? Is this the case of the NHS (or more likely my NHS trust) penny pinching? If this was the only test I was having done (luckily it wasn’t), doesn’t this seem like a waste of my time, the blood centre and its staffs time, and the doctors time for requesting it?