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I have Iron deficient and b12 deficient anemia and I was wondering what causes anemia? can you be anemic like that without any underlyning cause/ disease. my anemia just started about 1-2 years ago and is progressively getting really bad fast. my b12 deficiency got so bad that I had to have a shot every month and take supplements and it has not gone up. my doctor said its the cause of my neurological problems. my iron got so low that i can no longe donate blood and the hospital worries when I go in for procedures.

one other question. how can I prevent bruising? are there any other vitamins that will help that or anything...I bruise so easily that almost anything gives me bruises on my legs now. I have 5-7 spots on each lower leg currently.

thanks
mel
[QUOTE=myhearthurts;3094934]I have Iron deficient and b12 deficient anemia and I was wondering what causes anemia? can you be anemic like that without any underlyning cause/ disease. my anemia just started about 1-2 years ago and is progressively getting really bad fast. my b12 deficiency got so bad that I had to have a shot every month and take supplements and it has not gone up. my doctor said its the cause of my neurological problems. my iron got so low that i can no longe donate blood and the hospital worries when I go in for procedures.

one other question. how can I prevent bruising? are there any other vitamins that will help that or anything...I bruise so easily that almost anything gives me bruises on my legs now. I have 5-7 spots on each lower leg currently.

thanks
mel[/QUOTE]


mel,

There is *always* a reason for anemia. Anemia is a symptom, it is not a disease. There are many different things that can cause it and, one by one, you have to go through the process and try to find it out. If it's iron deficiency, the first thought is ALWAYS blood loss. Once that is ruled out you move on to other things like autoimmune disorders (that destroy red blood cells) and malabsorption issues.

I know very little about b12 deficiency but my first thought is that it is mainly caused by absorption problems.

Since you are both iron deficient and B12 deficient, I'm thinking you have something that is causing you not to absorb these nutrients from your food. I think a celiac test would be in order. Then it would be really good to look at your diet.
Your neurological problems are not causing your B12 level to not rise. Your B12 deficiency is causing your neurological problems. The brusing is also most likely due to the B12 deficiency, as well as the weight loss and the other symptoms you mentioned. You need many injections of B12, not just a few and most of the time once a month is not enough in the beginning. How low was your B12 level? I think the best place for you to start is by asking your doctor to test you for pernicious anemia. There is a good chance that is the cause and it is a lot less expensive than having an endoscopy or a colonoscopy. There is always a reason for B12 deficiency and anemia. You need to make sure your doctor finds out what it is! There is a wonderful book called "Could It Be B12? An epidemic of Misdiagnosis." It is written by Sally Pacholok, who is a nurse and her husband who is a doctor. It has a lot of great information in it. Do a search on Pernicious Anemia and see what you think.





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