Crohn's Disease Forum » General IBD Discussion » Do I have to be weighed at my gastroenterology appointment? (UK)


11-06-2018, 04:02 PM   #1
quixotisms
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Do I have to be weighed at my gastroenterology appointment? (UK)

Hi, apologies if this is in the wrong place, I'm new.

I was just wondering if I can refuse to be weighed at my next appointment with my gastroenterologist, or if it's mandatory? I have issues with my weight, and really cannot face the idea of them weighing me.

It's not my first appointment with them (I've had many), and I live in England if that helps.

Thanks for reading!
11-06-2018, 04:59 PM   #2
xmdmom
Senior Member
I don't know but perhaps you could not look and ask them not to tell you your weight.
11-06-2018, 05:39 PM   #3
Scipio
Senior Member
 
Scipio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: San Diego

My Support Groups:
∑ Stelara
I don't know about the UK, but in the US it is routine for weight, blood pressure, and pulse rate to be measured at the beginning of every doctor's office visit.
11-06-2018, 06:00 PM   #4
my little penguin
Forum Monitor
 
Join Date: Apr 2012

My Support Groups:
You can ask to step backwards on the scale so you donít see it
And make sure they know not to tell you
They monitor weight in Crohns as part of evaluation of your disease as well as medicine dosing
__________________
DS - -Crohn's -Stelara -mtx
11-07-2018, 12:46 PM   #5
Trysha
Forum Monitor
 
Trysha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009

My Support Groups:
Weight can be a good indicator of illness progression among other considerations.
People can be concerned about weight loss and weight gain...but this can be dealt with by a GI....they are used to it.
Talk to the doctor and express your weight concerns and maybe you can receive help.
Feel better soon
11-07-2018, 01:38 PM   #6
eleanor_rigby
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

My Support Groups:
I'm weighed at every single appointment.
__________________


History:
2nd Generation affected

Symptoms since 08/2006 (age 17)

Emergency open bowel resection after perforation in 12/2011 (age 22) (wrongly diagnosed as burst appendix ). Three years remission following this unmonitored

Diagnosis:
Perforating small bowel Crohn's Disease 01/2016 (terminal ileum, duodenum)
Coeliac disease (age 26)

Meds:
50mg azathioprine (down from 75mg after my WBC dropped)
Gluten-free diet
11-09-2018, 01:15 AM   #7
Lady Organic
Forum Monitor
 
Lady Organic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Quebec

My Support Groups:
As medical patients we have rights and its possible to refuse any kind of evaluation or treatment. No one can force you into any evaluation or treatment unless your life is severly in danger, as if you would seriously threaten to suicide or kill someone due to mental illness. Hopefully you have a sensitive GI team. I understand you, but that being said, of course its important to know your weight as a IBD patient. I think people have given you good choices on how to try to manage your way if you can try. It is usually the nurse who take this measurement. Have a talk with the professional who takes your measurements, maybe that can help. Wishing you well
__________________
''UC-like Crohn's'' (2001)
wrists + ankles arthropathies (2013)
on: 50mg 6-MP (Purinethol)+ B12 shots


Diet: ''IBD-AID'' : http://www.nutritionj.com/content/13/1/5+ organic food only
suppl Curcuminoid extract, Inulin,psyllium, apple pectin, Vitamin D

past meds:
pred 50mg, 5-ASA (pill, rectal), cortifoam, Imuran, Purinethol, methotrexate.
11-09-2018, 06:28 AM   #8
Jonny84
 
Jonny84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Support Groups:
I am in the UK and I always get weighed before an appointment or an infusion.

I tdepends on what its for. If its for medication, for example before an infusion, then you will need to get weighed as that is how they work out your dose. If its just an appointment with the GI then it obviously up to you.
Reply

Crohn's Disease Forum » General IBD Discussion » Do I have to be weighed at my gastroenterology appointment? (UK)
Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:24 PM.
Copyright 2006-2017 Crohnsforum.com