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Anemia and Illness?

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  • Posted By: Liam123
  • September 8, 2008
  • 02:36 PM

My girlfriend has pernicious Anemia and she has strange bouts of weakness and mysterious sickness. Even mental lapses

is there any danger in untreated anemia is there any common things you can expect with it beyond the mayoclinic's information?

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  • Biermer's anaemia or Addison's anaemia or Addison-Biermer anaemiaMost commonly (in temperate climates), the cause for impaired binding of vitamin B12 by intrinsic factor is autoimmune atrophic gastritis, in which autoantibodies are directed against parietal cells (resulting in their loss) as well as against the intrinsic factor itself (rendering it unable to bind vitamin B-12).Less frequently, loss of parietal cells may simply be part of a widespread atrophic gastritis of non-autoimmune origin, such as that frequently occurring in elderly people affected with long-standing chronic gastritis of any cause (including Helicobacter pylori infection).Note that forms of vitamin B-12 deficiency other than pernicious anemia must be considered in the differential diagnosis of megaloblastic anemia. For example, a B-12 deficient state which causes megaloblastic anemia and which may be mistaken for classical pernicious anemia, may be caused by infection with the tapeworm Diphyllobothrium latum, possibly due to the parasite's competition for vitamin B-12Please have her doctor look for the tapeworm and rule this out.Some of the most common things to expect are.PallorFatigueShortness of breath - known as 'the sighs'.Rapid heartbeatTongue symptoms: red, burning or soreDigestive disturbances:Upset stomachWeight lossLoss of appetiteDiarrheaConstipationAbdominal painJaundice due to impaired formation of blood cellsFeverMalaiseParesthesiasFinger paresthesiasPins and needlesTingling or burning fingersNumb fingersDue to low muscle tone:Muscle spasmsUnsteadinessMovement disordersWeaknessSpasticityPersonality changesChest painSo the treatments are as followsBeing a manifestation of vitamin B-12 deficiency, pernicious anemia is treated by administering vitamin B-12 supplements. Oral tablets are sometimes used, though if this approach is used, much higher doses are given than normally required in order to overcome the impaired absorption that characterizes pernicious anemia. If oral tablets are not desired, vitamin B-12 can also be administered via injection, which is usually given once a month. You can learn to do this at home with the same syringes and needles used for insulin treatment of diabetes
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