Am having to deal with a doctor I dont know or trust regarding my mums health and, although she has been prescribed iron injections, I would like some advice as to what to look out for and what to push for as far as testing it concerned.
A brief bit of history regarding my mum, who is 84. She has Pagets disease of the head (extra bone growth causing deafness and pain) and two weekends ago she had a bad fall and ended up in hosp. I then took matters into my own hands, as even though she had had thyroid tests come back "slightly over" she would not let me contact her doctor. That all changed after her fall and I marched her down her GP's and, after ascertaining that her thyroid results where not "slightly over" but way over the BMA's recommended treatment range, I then went to work on getting her a raft of other tests (B12, Vitd, Folates, Ferritin and iron) and the upshot is that her B12 was 122 (range 180 - 914), her vitd was 13 (anything below 50 is deficient), her folates were 4 (no range given) but her iron and ferritin were fine.
She is now due to start B12 injections (2 a week for 3 weeks as a loading dose and then every three month), has started on thyroid medication as her levels had increased since the "slightly over" test and her TPO (antibody test) was positive.
As I know next to nothing about B12 and what to look out for (although I do know a lot about thyroid illness as I am a sufferer myself) could anyone please give me a guide as to what I am looking for regarding ongoing blood testing and anything else you feel I should be aware of.