Hi All -
I'd like to suggest an alternative strategy for some of you to get diagnosed and treated for PA based on tests for one of the other "fringe benefits" of this dreadful disorder that many of you probably didn't even realize you have: gastritis accompanied by IFA (intrinsic factor antibodies).
If you have frequent attacks of acid reflux, gas, cramping, nausea, constipation and/or diarrhea, find yourself a good gastroenterologist and request a test for helicobacter pylori infection. The link between pylori and PA is well known to any "gastro" guy. Not only that, they'll tell you that the presence of h. pylori in the gut increases your risk of developing stomach cancer later on (as if we didn't have enough to worry about from good old PA, right?)
All they need to see is the slightest trace of intrinsic factor Ab in your blood, and it's a clear sign to a "gastro" that PA isn't far behind.
"A study of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients with pernicious anemia". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/112...
"Helicobacter pylori link to pernicious anaemia".
"Intrinsic factor antibody negative atrophic gastritis; is it different from pernicious anaemia?"