Pernicious Anaemia (also known better as PA) is a form of Megaloblastic Anaemia which comes as the result of having severely low B12 levels, otherwise known as Vitamin B12 Deficiency.
I am not looking to provide you with an overload of information here as I just want to share my story more than anything so that anyone in a similar situation or family and friends, even co-workers of people who suffer from B12 deficiency or PA are able to relate to what is going on, or least have a more understanding take on the affects. I will however, try to link back to as many helpful resources as I can so you can read a little further.
If you follow the links from my PA page on this site you can gain an overarching understanding of the key areas and then if you choose, seek the links within and delve a little further. Ultimately, my main aim, as well as offer an insight, is to put across my story, where my journey of living with PA began.
It is important to note though that if you, or indeed anyone you know, be it a friend or family member is suffering from any of the symptoms then you need to get this checked out as you or they may well be a sufferer and unfortunately this condition is often missed by medics and leads to sever complications down the road as it impairs the Red Blood Cells.
Pernicious anemia is a type of Megaloblastic Anaemia caused by vitamin B12 malabsorption. This means that the body has an inability to digest vitamin B12 taken orally. B12 can be found in meat, fish, dairy, and egg products. With vitamin B12 being crucial for healthy red blood cell production, the long-term effects of vitamin B12 deficiency can progress into severe pernicious anemia.
The word "Pernicious" meaning - having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way was once a fatal condition. Fortunately in this day and age there are treatments available, if the sufferer is diagnosed correctly, and that is the important part to note here, that help prevent serious health issues or worse. This treatment is known as simple B12 supplementation. It is not even a drug, it is treatment through simple vitamins! But we will cover more of that later.
A sufferer's Needs
Gastric parietal cell antibodies
Crucial impact on the body