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Pernicious anemia
Aug 2, 2012
HI I have pernicous anemia and autoimmune gastritis, I am very worried as my current gp thinks because my b12 reading is quite high, I dont need my injections. From my research I think I am one of the people whose gastritis doesnt allow the body to use the b12 and I feel terrible, I know I need another needle. Its been 3 months, and I am breathless, feel churned up in the chest, am soooo very irritable , my mouth feels so dry (more than is normal with my sjorgrens) , sore throat for weeks, fatigued, sore all over. cant remember the name of simple items or people I know, getting confused and not doing my crafts well. I feel so helpless. I just know I need my b12 injection. what kind of specialist deals with pernicious anemia,? hope someone can help me. am worried will get mental and other problems if I am not treated regurlarly with the b12. My father had pernicious anemia and autoimmune gastritis also and before he died ( he had injections about every 6 months) he had dementia, and stomach cancer and was unbearable with irritable behaviour. I do not want to end up like him. please advise me what i can do and if their is any info I can take to my gp to persuade her that perhaps I do need at least every 3 months to have a needle. when I was on monthly I felt amazing and full of beans and very with it. thanks in advance cheers Maree
If your blood test for B12 is good, you don't need the injections.

You see, with some people, stomach problems prevent the body from getting B12 out of food in the first place. But if it's in your bloodstream, then clearly you are absorbing it somehow.

I think that your symptoms have a different cause. Certainly autoimmune disease can cause fatigue and many other problems.

I would ask for referral to either a rheumatologist (specialist in inflammatory/autoimmune problems) or a gastroenterologist.

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