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Suffering from fatigue

 
 
jodie34
 
Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 02:07 pm
Feel tired and exhausted all the time. I really do not have the energy to do what needs to be done around the house. I would like to join a health club but I really think I would not be able to exercise. Both my parents and sister take B 12 injections because of pernicious anemia . He did not want to do the test. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 02:16 pm
@jodie34,
B-12 injections would give you an instant boot though.
Everyone is able to exercise, just start with short walks of 15 minutes and increase it by 5 min every week. Being out on the fresh air and walking will
do wonders for your fatigue and your mental well being.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 02:25 pm
Who won't do the test? You have pernicious anemia in your family, both parents and your sister, and your doctor won't do the test? Risk factors include family history; it is a known autoimmune disorder. See a second doctor if the doc won't do the test(s).

A certain set of CBC results is characteristic, as is a positive anti-intrinsic factor antibody test. The cbc is a routine test.
ossobuco
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 02:43 pm
@ossobuco,
It may be that your m.d. has already done a cbc.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 04:09 pm
Wiki -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernicious_anemia
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jodie34
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 05:56 pm
@ossobuco,
I am not sure of what a cbc is?
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 05:59 pm
@jodie34,

CBC = complete blood count
http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cbc/tab/test
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 07:01 pm
@jodie34,
As region says, it's a complete blood count. His link has a good explanation.

I used to be a hematology tech, later worked for an expert in pernicious anemia and other autoimmune disorders for about a decade. This was a long time ago, but I got a little miffed that apparently your doctor wouldn't test for it in the circumstances you describe.
jodie34
 
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Reply Sun 4 Mar, 2012 10:52 pm
@ossobuco,
My doctor did do a cbc. Everything was in the normal range for the cbc. So does that mean that I don't need the pernicious test? Thanks.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 5 Mar, 2012 11:41 am
@jodie34,
Sounds like it. Other tests that I know of are for antibodies, and those vary even with people with known p. anemia and are probably expensive to boot. I assume they wouldn't be run for someone with a normal cbc.
Perhaps there is some new test that I don't know about, but far as I know the cbc is the go-to test.

There are other causes for lack of B12 than pernicious anemia. It can be a side effect of - I gather - many conditions and drugs. Or your B12 level (there are tests for that) may be fine and your tiredness may be a result of some other condition.

Talk with your m.d. some more.
jodie34
 
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Reply Tue 6 Mar, 2012 08:31 am
@ossobuco,
Thanks for the info.
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