I was diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency about 4 weeks ago after seeing my doctor about a body rash(which turned out to be Mycoplasma chest infection)
The doctor took blood work just to be safe.My b12 came back at 174.The doctor said I most probably lacked a substance in my stomach called Intrinsic factor(IF) and couldn't absorb the B12 from my diet.He said come back next week and start weekly shots of B12 and ,OH yeah you will probably need them for the rest of your life,and while you're at it tell your family because it's inherited and they may have it too.I was a little shell shocked to say he least.
when I saw him again (after some research at home) I asked him if I had pernicious Anemia,his answer "oh yeah,you do". My question is do I need any more tests to be sure?
When I saw the nurse for my b12 shot a week later she said my levels for the past two years had been between 274 and 284(in 2012 and 2013)I have had my blood tested 3 times in 3 years,I've been back and forth to the doctor,picking up everything that's going,I had the flu twice last year.
I've said to the doctor on more than one occasion that I feel like a (can't think of the word....yes I have that too...brain fog,along with occasional dizziness)..."hypochondriac"
I had a microdiscectomy surgery two and a half years ago,to treat a bulging disc.Since the operation I cant sleep on my back,or the pain will wake me up to turn over.(question number two,could the PA be effecting my spine?)
I also wake up with three fingers on each hand asleep sometimes ,I had put this down to my back,now I wonder..I also get this eyeball pain now and again that feels like a curtain closing and sometimes I have this kaleidoscope effect in my vision..I am Cold,constipated and cannot sleep (this has been going on for years now),and quite honestly it's the sleep,or lack of that bothers me the most.because unlike everything else that's going on it's EVERY night.
I ended up convinced that I must have some sort of thyroid problem,when that came back OK,my doctor and I concluded that I must be perimenopause(I am almost 46). I was put on the mini pill(to regulate ,help in some way) also I was given antihistamines for sleep ,which do nothing.I stopped using them when one night I finally got to sleep and woke up after 3 hours feeling like I just had a double espresso,shaking ..buzzed,jumpy.
I am sorry to rant and rave,but to me this diagnosis is a relief. I no longer feel like a neurotic female.I feel like even if my doctor lacks some communication skills I have gotten something concrete that I can work with.
I am an otherwise very happy,healthy get up and go kind of person,I just completed a degree in personal nutrition(online,..as too tired to go out LOL) and through diet was able to lower my cholesterol significantly. Before all this I had very little patience with women (people) whingers(myself) always sick tired etc....now I know that sometimes despite our best efforts and trying our best that there isn't anything you can do just accept "it is what it Is" as they say.
I'm glad I found the Pernicious Anemia society,someone who understands me finally,I'm off for a good cry now ( :