I am going to see my GP tomorrow and I am going through my blood results
Does anyone know what is this new assay in use since May 2015? Why do they say 'intrinsic factor ab to follow?' Is this a different test to Intrinsic Factor antibody? Why didn't they do the parietal cell antibodies?
End of January 2016 - B12: 165
After a week of only food rich in B12 ( as advised by GP) - February 2016
Intrinsic Factor Antibody ( LWIL) - Normal - Negative ( please note new assay in use from 13/05/2015) - note: need to increase vitamin B12 in diet
Parietal cell autoantibodies *
guidelines for pernicious anaemia recommend first line testing with intrinsic factor antibodies. Intrinsic factor ab to follow
My GP decided not to treat me as B12 deficient and advised me to have food rich in B12. I tried to argue that I am not vegetarian or vegan and that I eat meat and lots of dairy products ( cheese in particular). I remember her saying that perhaps I cook beef for too long. Now I know that B12 is not destroyed by cooking but at the time it never crossed my mind to question the GP.
My neurological symptoms were not linked to low B12. As I had a lump in my left arm, she said it could be a cancerous growth and I was referred for further investigations. It turned out to be a blood clot and the diagnosis was that the it has damaged the nerves in my left arm and that is why it was numb, heavy and I was feeling pins and needles all the time.
Getting so nervous about tomorrow's appointment as I am going to argue my case for more B12 injections!