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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.
Hi. I am also B12 deficient being diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia 2 years ago. To start with the treatment was B12 shots regularly ie once a week and then building to once a month and now I tend to need them every 6-8 weeks. I was basically deficient of B12 by the time I was diagnosed. Symptoms were pins and needles in my left hand and forearm and and then progressed to left foot also. On several occasions my arm would be like a log and I could not move it. I also bled from my gums and had terrible fatigue. I would wake for a few hours to have to return to bed for several hours even after sleeping 10 hours or so through the night. I remember being told that our system does not absorb B12 (no matter how much B12 enriched foods, vitamins etc you eat/take etc) and that it is genetic. I had an endoscopy/colonoscopy done last year as blood was found in my stools also to find that I had chronic inflammation of the stomach lining. It is a good idea (according to my doctor) to have this done as one in so many pernicious aneamia sufferers can develop stomach cancer. (Not suggesting this is your problems as it is a stretch of numbers that they quote). I have also been told that I will need to have B12 injections for the rest of my life. It is a matter of trying to gauge and sometimes I have let it go that little bit too long before having the shot and end up very tired and non functioning but it is from what I have been told nothing life threatening as it once used to be a long time ago. Take care and have some further tests. Good luck.;)





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