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Posted by Mary Nail on January 07, 2000 at 22:25:33:

In Reply to: Re: Pernicious Anemia posted by Mary H. on September 16, 1999 at 23:33:06:

: : I am a 44 year-old female who was diagnosed with pernicious anemia 3 years ago. I recently had some follow-up blood work done which revealed that even with bi-monthly B12 shots my condition has not improved. My doctor (a general practitioner) told me that this indicated that I have had the condition for a long time and permanent damage has been done. Consequently, my elevated blood levels (MCV 113, MCH 38, RBC 3.55) will never be normal, and the best I can hope for is to prevent the condition from getting worse.

: : Has anyone else with PA been told they cannot get their blood levels to return to normal?

: : I am considering seeing a specialist but don't know what branch of medicine specializes is this area. Any advise would be appreciated!!

: : My great grandmother died as a result of PA in 1936, so I am somewhat concerned.

: Kathy:

: I am a 52 year old female who was diagnosed with pernicious anemia approximately 12 years ago. I was totally depleted of B12 when I was diagnosed. I was given, for the first month, a battery of B12 I recall, once a week, until my B12 levels came up. Since then, I have taken B12 injections once a month and had no trouble in keeping my B12 level normal. You need to see a gastrointerologist to help you.

: My paternal grandmother died of stomach cancer as a result of PA.

: I hope you get help soon.

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