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Pernicious Anemia Signs and Symptoms

Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune condition which occurs as a result of the destruction of the lining of the stomach. This makes you unable to make intrinsic factor, a substance necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 from the intestinal tract.  The result is a deficiency of vitamin B12.  Pernicious anemia occurs equally among men and women, typically between the ages of forty and seventy.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of pernicious anemia below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia are as follows:

  • Pale yellowish skin
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Clumsiness and unsteady gait that is worse in the dark
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Smooth red tongue in 50 percent of patients
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss due to lack of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Low-grade fever
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Premature whitening of the hair

Diagnosis of Pernicious Anemia

Pernicious anemia is diagnosed through various blood tests, including blood tests for vitamin B12 levels and folic acid, iron level tests, and measurements of methylmalonic acid and homocysteine.  Other tests include testing for antibodies for intrinsic factor, and a Schilling test to measure cobalamine absorption.

Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like pernicious anemia.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including pernicious anemia.

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Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia

Pernicious Anemia Medical Guide
Qontro Medical Guides
Pernicious Anemia – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications

Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses
Sally M. Pacholok
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know
Mary J. Shomon

Pernicious Anemia Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Absolute Astronomy

Facts, discussion forum and encyclopedia article.

  • Pernicious Anaemia Society

A charitable organisation based in the UK supporting people with pernicious anaemia world-wide, providing a supporting forum.

  • Better Medicine

Information Including Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Causes, Videos, Forums, and local community support.

  • Wellsphere

A discussion on Pernicious Anemia in a forum with thousands of health experts and people like you. Get answers to your questions, and hear what others think.

  • MD junction

Pernicious Anemia Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Pernicious Anemia.

Medical Resources

  • Medicine Net . com

Questions and answers, patient discussions on symptoms at onset of disease, and treatments.

  • Medline Plus

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • Medscape Reference

A division of Web MD Professional.