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[QUOTE=Mac2;3891926]Hi FlfLOWERGIRL

Went to the docs this morning for a sick note as I am suffering from a relapse with the dizziness/balance probs and while there asked her to do a B12 test and she said that this was not an option. She would have put me forward for one but she said that as my last hgb test was 13.4, which is within normal range, the lab would not actually do it. She said that it would have shown on the test I have just had because the cells would have been a different size, which is fair enough.

I told her what I was taking as regarding iron suppletments and basically she didn't have a clue!!! Oh my god, why is it that every time I go, it is me that makes suggestions and points them in the right direction. I surely should become a GP, they know very little about most things!! Loads of money for sitting there referring people, yeah!!!

Anyway she is having to get in touch with a haematologist to see if what I am taking is ok and if I can safely up the dose. Mad or what, she was sitting there with her medical book (could have done that myself), for something as simple as prescribing iron pills, sad or what?

Mac2[/QUOTE]

HI Mac2
Sadly this is wht so many people go undiagnosed with B12 deficiency is the old way of thinking.......
If you have PA then it will show on a CBC as a change in the cells.....But you DO NOT have to be anemic to be B12 deficient I suffered with sever deficiency and all my CBC was normal...In my opinion it is a dangerous way of thinking if you are presenting with any symptoms you MUST be tested and if she wont find someone who will.......If you have a problem with B12 it will continue if you are not treated multi vitamins and diet will not help it...My mother is low in B12 very low and here MCV is around 95 which is way to high MCV levels are elevated in Folate or Vit B12 deficiency......
I would recommend the following tests for you....
B12 serum
uMMA
Homocysteine
Red Cell Folate
Active B12....

Myself and all my children are deficient so is my older sister my daughter is iron deficient and my son and I have lwer levels of ferritin seems quiet common with B12 def.........

Hope this helps and the best of luck to you.......





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