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Pernicious Anaemia


Some important information that is of a special relevance to ileostomists. The information has come from the Pernicious Anaemia Society and warns of the dangers of vitamin B12 Deficiency and the link with pernicious anaemia.      The Pernicious Anaemia Society has a website and there you will find two important documents for you to download:    Symtom Checklist and B12 Test.


                                   Site details   >>    The Pernicious Anaemia Society


                                                      B12 Test


  Could you be B12 Deficient? Pick out your symptoms and add up the score :








































Add up your score then apply the following criteria:66 Make an urgent appointment to see your doctor to discuss these symptoms.1 – 65 – Make an appointment to see your doctor at your convenience to discuss the symptoms Note – this test is for information only and is NOT an aid to self-diagnosis. Your Doctor is the best person to give you advice.This test is NOT a substitute for advice from your Doctor.


Symptoms


It is important to realise that the symptoms of Pernicious Anaemia varies from patient to patient.

While some sufferers might well share some common symptoms, they might experience the symptoms to a greater or lesser degree than others patients. There are some people who have been diagnosed and confirmed as having Pernicious Anaemia who show none of the following symptoms (although these are few in number) and some unfortunate patients who experience most or all of the following and struggle to cope with everyday life because of this.

This list of symptoms has been gathered from postings on the forum of the Pernicious Anaemia Society between May 2006 and November 2007. Some patients have reported isolated symptoms but where only one or two people have experienced the symptom it has not been included. The following have been experienced by many patients of Pernicious Anaemia

? Strange Tiredness  - 5 points

? The Fogs – lack of clarity/difficulty in concentrating -  5 points

? Breathlessness - ‘The Sighs’ or ‘The Gulps’ - 5 points

? Brittle nails - 5 points

? Brittle nails with ridges extra - 5 points

? Pins and needles - usually in your hands and feet - 5 points

? Swollen and/or sore Tongue - 5 points

? Sudden unaccountable bouts of diarrhoea - 5 points

? Balance problems - 5 points

? General unsteadiness - 5 points

? Vertigo - 5 points

? Burning legs or feet - 5 points

? Tinnitus - 2 points

? Irritability/anger/lacking patience - 2 points

? Family history of B12 Deficiency/Pernicious Anaemia - 2 points

? Hair loss - 1 point

? Dry skin (including scalp) - 1 point

? Lack of concentration - 1 point

? Memory loss - 1 point

? Insomnia - 1 point

? Premature greying of hair - 1 point

? Psoriasis/eczema/acne - 1 point

? Rosacea - 1 point

? Arrhythmia - 1 point

? Vitiligo - 1 point

? Anaemia - 1 point

? Infertility - 1 point

? Dizziness - 1 point

? Bleeding gums/mouth ulcers - 1 point

? Loss of appetite/weight loss - 1 point

? Neuropathic pain - 1 point

? Numbness - 1 point

? Depression/anxiety - 1 point

? Confusion - 1 point

? Blurred vision - 1 point