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|Wed, 03-23-2011 - 5:17pm|
While we're not actively TTC this month (that could change next month, but I'm not sure), I'm trying to look into a few things that could be causing some other symptoms (rapid heart rate, cold - especially in my extremities, insomnia/trouble staying asleep, anxious feelings when there's nothing really that I'm truly anxious about, back aches/muscle aches, joint pain, etc). I was thinking that anemia might be an issue. I spoke with Aubre about some of my blood test levels (RBC, WBC, and all the other things like hemoglobin, hematocrit, and a whole bunch of other things I have no idea what they are...LOL!) and then I started taking iron (SlowFe - I was on it years ago because I was deemed anemic). It's been a little over a week and I'm not noticing any change in how I feel. I understand that it can take a little while, but I would think that if that was my problem, I might be feeling at least a SLIGHT improvement. So, now I'm wondering if I might be B12-deficient. So, I call up my PCP's office to see if they can get me in to either talk about it, or just write out a lab slip to have me get my levels tested. I called yesterday morning and the receptionist said she would talk to the doctor and get back to me. All day, I kept checking my phone to see if they had left a message and nothing. So, I waited all day today, too. An hour before their office closed, I called to see where things were at with that and the receptionist tells me, "Oh, yes, he's looking into it. He needs to research it and see if it's something he wants to send you for." Really? It's a BLOOD TEST. It's not like it's a BIG DEAL either! Sure, I'm requesting it, but he can't find anything else wrong with me. He was quick to send me for a brain MRI to rule out MS and is ready whenever I am to put me on a medication for Fibromyalgia (since we can't pinpoint what else could be causing me to have the joint and muscle pain that I have), but a simple B12 blood test, he is having to take over two days to research and decide if he wants to send me for the test? Really? I'm so baffled.
I suppose that if he doesn't want to send me, I will call my OB/GYN's office and see if they'll test my B12 levels with regard to infertility, but I really hate when I have to go the route of "mommy said no, so I'll go ask daddy," especially since I don't know that the B12 issue is solely related to infertility (even though it can be somewhat related). I've done that before and I hate how it feels to go from one doctor to the next to get what I want. I'm about ready to "fire" this doctor and go find another one who will be more receptive to me. He used to be great about helping me figure things out, but now I'm wondering if all these tests that come up negative are just irritating him and my requesting another test, he's just thinking it might be normal, too. UGH!
I'm frustrated with doctors! Sorry - just needed to vent.