Does anyone had any advice on the length of time and way they received their blood tests?
I was referred to a rheumy earlier this year after years of illnesses and pains, and finally got an appointment on 2 July. At this stage the only blood test showing anything at all was my ANA which was 1:80. My rheumy was really dismissive and told me blood tests were irrelevant. However, she then told me I'd have some more blood taken that day for further tests, but unless they showed anything she didn't think there was anything wrong with me. After weeks of trying to chase up the results of the blood tests I had a message left on my answerphone from my rheumy saying she will write about the results in more detail in a letter which I would receive within a week. Yesterday I received an appointment for follow up, but despite it being over 7 weeks and it'll be 10 weeks by the time I get the appointment, I still don't have a clue what my blood test results are.
Is this normal? To my knowledge the tests are only for anti double stranded DNA and ENA screen, so I wouldn't have expected them to take so long. I was also told (after the first three weeks) that one of the tests wasn't completed so my rheumy had to again ask the lab to do it. Do the labs usually keep hold of blood in case they need to do follow up tests, as when I went through loads of blood tests with my GP, one of the tests wasn't completed and I had to give more blood.
I'm just a bit worried that after my rheumy was so dismissive initially (she even said in the letter to my GP that she might not see me again), that she hasn't told me what my blood tests results are despite telling me on two occassions I would get them in the post, but wants to see me in person.
Any advice please?