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Until recently I was unaware of pernicious anaemia or a vitamin B 12 deficiency and its symptoms.  

I took my daughter to the doctors as she was suffering from headaches, felt dizzy at times, she had trouble concentrating, was very tired despite good sleep and an excellent balanced diet. 

 

She was told she had tension headaches. After a few weeks and doing all we were told she still felt awful and that diagnosis didn't  ring true to either of us. 

We were then told she had anxiety. Perhaps I'd like to give my 15 year old anti anxiety drugs? My daughter said no thanks and explained that was confusing as she didn't feel anxious not particularly extraordinarily stressed. I asked for blood tests. 

After a few months of pushing she was given a blood test to find that she actually had very low iron, B12 etc. 

Eventually she was given B 12 jabs that she will have to have for the rest of her life as its an auto immune condition that would have made her very ill.

Since doing some research, those with a B12 deficiency can present as anxious or depressed. Also older people will often have a B 12 deficiency and benefit from jabs. In these cases diet changes will  not work as an intrinsic factor is missing. 

I then met an older client presenting similar issues. While I am not qualified to, nor would I ever diagnose anyone, I encouraged him to see his GP. His result was a B12 deficiency. After jabs he felt better and we could work on his issues without the physical symptoms masking the real issue. 

My point in this article is look at everything, see the whole person and trust your instincts. Get checked out always in all ways available. 

 

http://www.pernicious-anaemia-society.org/

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