Hi guys, first post on here. I am a 53 yr old female who is hypothyroid, diabetic, anaemic and have a b12 deficiency. My GP has been doing bloods and had me on iron tablets to get my iron levels up but has now said I need a colonoscopy to find out why I'm anaemic, the anaemia and b12 deficiency were picked up about 2 years ago when I had a stroke. I went into a drug trial after the stroke and they did a very comprehensive range of bloods and picked this up, once discharged from hospital I was meant to go and see my GP but ended up having a phone conversation (GP didn't feel it necessary to see me) where he just poo pooed the anaemia and b12 and said if I was still worried to go back in six months and have a blood test! To be fair to me I had just had a stroke and completely forgot all about it, I was feeling so wretched I was exhausted aching brain fog muscles feeling like lead, you all know the symptoms. Everyone kept telling me " you are still recovering from the stroke" and in an effort to feel better I increased my thyroid meds as the symptoms are very similar, my blood sugars were good so I knew it wasn't that. It was only when we moved house in January last year my new GP did some "" welcome to the surgery bloods" and picked up the anaemia, the light bulb went off and I remembered my conversations about the b12 deficiency, so they checked my b12 started me on the loading doses and now I'm on every 12 weeks. I'm trying to get them every 8 weeks as I really start to flag by week 7. I'm rambling now but original question why the colonoscopy? An as a last note, I have been gluten free and dairy free for a long time as these upset my tummy, bloating gas and diarrhoea. Also if I hadn't moved house my diagnosis would probably still be undetected, when you have someone who has a complex medical history why don't they routinely check for associated conditions? Very frustrating nhs
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