Hi, new here! Woke up 4 months ago with severe leg cramps both legs and feet with numbness up to my knees and severe back pain. My Dr. said all blood work was normal and it was diabetic neuropathy. The numbness progressively got worse and I was exhausted and all my bones and muscles hurt yet my Doctor said nothing else was wrong. She insisted I was depressed but I knew something else was going on so I found a new Doctor.
He ordered new blood work and compared it to previous lab results and told me immediately I had megaloblastic anemia which was a more serious form of pernicious anemia. I just don't understand that. They both have b12 defciences from what he told me and sometimes he refers to it as PA and sometimes as MA.
In all of my lab work, even the results my old Doc said was "normal" my MCH and MCV was moderately elevated and my RBC were moderately low at 2.5. Although my b12 levels are 240 is states right there on the lab slip that anything between 200-400 can still have neuro symptoms and should be looked at carefully with other test results. My folate level is 1.2 and has been that low for the past 3 times ( 1 1/2 years) I had blood work. My Vitamin D level is 16.
No wonder my whole body aches. Strange thing is I remember 10 years ago calling my sister and asking her what MCH and MCV were and why mine could possibly be so elevated since she was working in a lab at that time. I can't remember what she told me but I guess I brushed it off at that time. So I guess I've had this a long time. I'm looking forward to seeing what it feels like to having energy again it's been so long I can't remember.
So is there a difference between pernicious anemia and megaloblastic or is it one and the same or variations of each other? THANK YOU!