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Hello Hope I am on the right forum. I am female aged 71 years. I have osteo arthritis,mild asthma, rhinitis,glaucoma, IBS, Diverticular disease and mild gastritis. I also have an underactive thyroid for around 28 years. Recently I saw a consultant Rheumatologist and have been given a diagnosis of mild fibromyalgia as well as the arthritis. All blood tests were fine, also tested for inflammatory markers which were negative. The consultant found on their computer some blood tests results of 2017 /2018 which showed a slightly reduced level of B12. I found this strange that it had not been picked up at the time especially as I have yearly blood tests. I have always been told B12 was fine.My aunt had both rheumatoid arthritis and PA. My son has type 1 Diabetes. Knowing these things can be connected I was wondering if anyone would have an opinion. My recent test done a week ago was 134 and described as mildly reduced level and to see GP for supplementation. I will no doubt get a call from the surgery this week as they will have received the letter I also received on Saturday. One thing I have concern about is the thyroid should I ask for a full thyroid function test even though my TSH was with in normal levels 2. something. Next Blood test due around September. The other thing is that I have been taking Ranitidine for the gastritis for around 18months. I read that this class of acid reducers like PPI's can affect the B12 levels. Should I ask to be taken off them. Any advice or information would be welcome. Many thanks.
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