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I was severely iron-deficient anaemia and the GP sent me for bowel cancer tests and found nothing. I then had a panic attack with paranoia and the GP sent me to a psychotherapist. After three sessions with her, she said I was fine (although under a lot of stress). Exactly a year later (and I am now convinced that light levels play a part in this), I suffered from paranoia again. This time the GP said I had 'low mood' and put me on Prozac. I took this for 5 months and didn't feel any better - tired and foggy and confused. I was doing an OU degree at the time. Then I sat in front of my computer and did some research myself. I wondered if I was not getting enough thyroxine as I have had hypothyroidism for 14 years since the birth of my daughter. I went to see a different GP, she sent me to a specialist and he ran tests for all the autoimmune conditions and found I tested strongly positive for parietal cell antibodies. Note that my B12 level was 185 (the low level in this country is 165). I later found out from my family that a great aunt also had PA and suffered paranoia although much later in life (I was only 42). I now know that the B12 level in this country is TOO LOW and I am campaigning for a change. The level in Japan is 500 and they have the lowest rates of Alzeihemer's in the world. When you get enough B12 (via hydroxocobalamin injection) once you reach the level that is right for you the 'fog' clears. You feel more energetic, positive and clearer thinking. I have had to tell my new GP how to treat me as she didn't know - she admitted last time I saw her that some of her patients have levels as high as 2000! We need better communication, research and treatment for this very common condition.
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