Can young people get Pernicious Anaemia ?
We simply don’t know what percentage of young people have the disease because the symptoms are often associated with other diseases. Canada has now started screening all new-borns for Vitamin B12 deficiency. Most of our members were diagnosed when in their forties.
Young people face all manner of problems if they have Pernicious Anaemia as it affects their social life and their school and college work. We have special leaflets written for young patients with Pernicious Anaemia and for the parents of children with Pernicious Anaemia.
I get tired in the afternoon at school. What can I do ?
The school should be able to help you to study by changing the time of your lessons.
I have my injections but still feel tired. What can I do ?
Your doctor may decide that you need more injections.
What does vitamin B12 do ? What else should I know ?
Without Vitamin B12 you won’t have normal red blood cells. That’s why your injections are so important. When you have injections of B12 you once again produce healthy red blood cells.
What is Pernicious Anaemia ?
Vitamin B12 is found in fish, meat, butter, milk, cheese and eggs. No matter how much of these foods you eat you won’t be able to get the B12 from them because you don’t have the Intrinsic Factor that extracts the B12. That’s why you need to get B12 from somewhere else like injections or sprays.
Why do I feel tired ?
Oxygen is needed to make muscles work properly. Oxygen is also needed by the brain. Without enough healthy red blood cells you won’t have enough oxygen in your blood. Not enough oxygen means you will feel tired.
Why don’t I have Intrinsic Factor?
Doctors don’t yet know why your body would want to do this. There are other medical conditions where the body destroys things that it has made. These medical conditions are called auto-immune diseases.