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waiting (forever) for blood test results

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on 10th april i have blood taken for testing (reason being swollen lymph nodes, all of them, and recurring sore throats and loss of voice over the past 6 months and fatigue) dr couldn;t say what he thought it was until blood had been tested, quite rightly etc, first lot of results came within a few days and were normal(for anemia/thyroid etc) second lot came a few days after that, they were normal too (for rheumatoid factor) and they said the rest is besing tested for autoantibodies and should be about 2 weeks, after 2 weeks they said it could take up to 3 weeks, i have been phoning every other day for the results and it is now 6 weeks and they still haven;t got the results! i told them that if they were lost i could come in again but they state the lab says they're in progress? no explanation for why its taking so long. its just the staff at the local surgery i speak too. should i just hang on and keep waiting? any suggestions? they seem as baffled as me and i know they've phoned the lab at least 3 times? i'm starting to panic a bit.

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It sounds like the bloods have been sent off to a specialist lab for testing and that lab is very busy, but 6 weeks is a long time, I would ask to speak to your GP for reassurance. Hope you're feeling better :)


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thanks for replying, i think i'll try and speak to my dr today just to check that all is ok etc

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just an update, i phoned the surgery and asked nicely if i could speak to my DR or leave a message for him, i couldn't but after a chat they agreed they would chase up the long wait as i was getting quite worried. turns out the lab have done most of the autoantibody test apart from one, the lab said they couldn't test just one sample, so they have had to wait til they get enough requests to make a batch testing? so at least now i know why its been so long, bit strange, but i understand its probably the cost etc, and i'm grateful i'm not on my last legs waiting!!

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