Yesterday my wife and I watched the Sally Pacholok video which tells how she battered at the portals of the medical profession to get Vitamin B12 deficiency more routinely tested and diagnosed.
I was amazed at how many of the "patients" she "discovered" whose symptoms were ignored by doctors "could have been me" back in the 1960s and 70s before I was found to have Pernicious Anaemia - which is a form of B12 deficiency.
Apart from having my every four weeks injections of cyanocobamalin B12 I lived in complete ignorance of the disease as none of the nurses who gave the injections ever asked how I was coping nor did my doctors whenever I saw them for other reasons, I didn't know anyone else with P.A. so I had no-one to talk to or ask any questions I had.
In about 2010 when I began to feel a return of some neurological symptoms in the run up to my next scheduled injection my doctor refused to increase the B12 injections saying it was all in my mind.... I then joined the Pernicious Anaemia Society and ask "Am I the only person in the world who get these symptoms......." I was amazed at the response.
No! I was not alone, There are thousands of others who also struggle against the "one size fits all" syndrome employed by doctors.
The video is well worth a watch - as you never know - you too may be B12 Deficient - for one or other of the many causes including Vegetarian/Vegan diet, medications or other autoimmune diseases etc. - like it is estimated that 40% of Americans are - and they don't even know it....
The photo was taken shortly after gastric surgery to remove two thirds of my stomach after a perforated peptic ulcer on 3rd May 1959 the day after the F.A. Cup Final Nottingham Forest v Luton - 2:1. I was livid at not being allowed to watch the match at the end of the ward in case I got too excited