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So finally diagnosed with pernicious anemia after a long time of knowing something wasn't right.
My symptoms over the years were:-
Big toes numb on both feet for a long time - fully investigated at time, they couldn't find a reason.
Cognitive decline in form of memory loss, forgetfulness, confusion, unable to think as quickly. Had a few random periods like this eg can't think of a common word
Freezing cold hands and feet - always thought it was poor circulation- this cleared up within a month after loading does injections
Heavy legs (not fat,) a lot of effort walking - generally thought I was unfit, cleared up after 2 weeks after loading dose- also after each injection on same day my legs felt unbelievably light maybe a bit like jelly. After 2 weeks generally light.
About half an hour after each injection I got shooting pains usually in my feet, hands, then moved on to legs and arms, sometimes just one limb. Prob only lasted about 3 minutes for each one. Felt as if each injection was felt in an area of my body.
Fatigue always complaining and sighing of being tired- many times to the doctors about this one- never got sorted until now. About 2 weeks after loading dose I went for a run, the same distance as before injections, same number of stops, but was not at all out of breath, could talk while running, massive improvement in physical ability in exercise - so was no where near as unfit as I thought I was.
I am now on 2 months after my loading does, my nails have suddenly changed from be dish to very hard, my hair unfortunately is going a bit curly/ wavy at roots, was like this about 15 years ago.
Had bad reaction to b12 injections, had a pimple/sandpaper like rash across forehead and scalp, cleared up after about 6 weeks, was pretty nasty, and I never usually get spots! Used duac cream after 4 weeks that may also have helped.
IBS like stomach problems completely cleared up since injections even slight intolerance to dairy has gone.
Periods have returned to how they used to be a long time ago, always had and been regular but they are much heavier.
My level was 119 when diagnosed, been given hydroxy form of b12.
Never found any with some of my symptoms so thought I would inform others of what to expect with treatment.
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