Pernicious Anaemia Society
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Memory loss


Looking for some advice, since my last injection 2 months ago (due my next one this Thursday) my memory has just became incredibly bad. I've had brain fog before but now I can't seem to remember anything. Today, for example, I was in a shop and picked up a fathers day present for my grandfather, who died 10 weeks ago. I got to the till remembered he died and burst into tears in the middle of a busy supermarket. I'm also forgetting things such as my postcode, my date of birth and last week I went onto Glasgow for college and went shopping because I forgot why I went in there in the first place. Could it possibly be that my last injection didn't do its job and it's just another symptom of my PA or is it something I need to speak to my doctor about. I'm only 20 and this is really freaking me out.

Thanks in advance


Just to add in: I get my injection once every 2 months and I'm on a daily folic acid tablet.

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Hi Emma, it's late for this bunch, but I am sure you will get some good replies from our 'experts' tomorrow.


Hi Emma1996 many of us on here have "been there - done that" in the run up to the next scheduled injection and my only suggestion is that you try in increase (with your doctor) the frequency of your B12 shots.

Hopefully, he/she won't be like my "one size fits all" GP who (at first) adamantly refused to vary my prescription refusing to believe that my symptoms had anything to do with my P.A. because I was getting the injections.

Make a list of your symptoms and present this to your doctor and ask him/her to treat you according to your symptoms and (perhaps) even restart you on loading doses "until there is no further improvement".

If possible take someone with you who can validate your neurological symptoms as the doctor is less likely to pooh pooh you in front of a witness.

I am not saying that this is an easy thing to do but try to stay calm, write out what you want to say and keep to the script and be confident that you are "in the right" and your facts are correct.

I am not a medically trained person but I've had P.A. for over 45 years and do know exactly what you are going through and my heart goes out to you.


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