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does your personality change with pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
It can: Pernicious anemia (a severe type of vitamin B12 deficiency) can cause memory problems, irritability, and dementia. Dementia goes beyond having memory problems, and can include difficulties with understanding, reasoning, handling multi-step tasks, and can be accompanied by personality changes. Symptoms generally improve with treatment.
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
And depression too
Sep 18, 2018
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Potentially: Per: https://pernicious-anaemia-society.org/symptoms/, Pernicious Anemia can present with the following behavioral changes: “Irritability/Frustration/Impatience, Sudden Mood Swings, Depression, Loss of Libido, Sleep Disturbance & Confusion/Dementia.”

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to change the littler box while pregnant?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: Cats can carry a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis. We can get it from being exposed to the animal's feces. If you are infected for the first time while you are pregnant, you can pass the disease to the baby. Toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects, such as hearing loss, vision problems, or mental retardation. So it's best to have someone else clean out the litter box.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What impact will my anemia have on my baby?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Usually none : Anemia is common in pregnancy. Most commonly it is caused by iron deficiency and treated with an iron supplement. In most cases it will not be severe enough to affect the baby but can cause risks to the mother. In very severe cases it can lead to poor fetal growth and poor birth outcomes. For more information on iron deficiency anemia click here. http://macobgyn.com/drpl/node/69.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What nail changes can I expect while pregnant?

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Dr. Danielle Salhany
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Growth: Many women notice one pleasant side effect of pregnancy is faster growth of hair and fingernails. Certainly the extra nutrients in your prenatal vitamins might also have something to do with it. But in the meantime, pamper yourself with an manicure!
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for chronic gastritis to cause pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
The two are linked: This finding goes back to 1964, believe it or not: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1552204/?Page=1 there are autoimmune antibodies in both conditions, so while one might not cause the other, the two are related.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How does sexual libido change in women with age?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Waxs young,wanes old: Libido "waxes"(pre-menopausally) with lubrication and desire and "wanes" post-menopausally due to a decline of testosterone which comprises 2% of women's natural hormones. Some women never notice any changes in libido as the adrenal glands are the main sources of their testosterone rather than the declining ovary post-menopausally.

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