Does having pernicious anemia lead to fertility problems?

Yes indirectly. Pernicious anemia is a deficiency of vitamin B12 and or folate (folic acid) (another b vitamin) that can lead to significant medical problems many of which affect the nervous system. Folate (folic acid) is so critical to fetal neural development that the fda recommends that all women trying to conceive or pregnant take a Folic Acid supplement of 0.4 milligrams or 400 micrograms a day.

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I have pernicious anemia. Can it cause bone marrow problems?

Yes. It can cause what is known as megaloblastic anemia. The red blood cells are not produced normally and can also lead to other blood issues, such as low platelets. Can be fixed by replacing vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin. Read more...

What symptoms of pernicious anemia are the most common?

Fatigue. In pernicious anemia, there is no vitamin B12 absorption which causes low red blood cell production and leads to severe anemia. This causes fatigue most comonly. Read more...

Does methadone cause pernicious anemia?

Not likely. Methadone is a very strong opioid medication, with a long list of serious side effects. But pernicious anemia is NOT one of them. Contact your doctor for specific information about your case, re your anemia and specific doses of methadone you are taking. Anemia may be related to other meds you are taking, or an underlying illness. Check with your MD. Read more...

Is it true that leukemia and pernicious anemia the same thing?

Not at all. Pernicious anemia results from poor dietary uptake of vitamin b12, usually from a loss of certain cells in your stomach. These cells secrete intrinsic factor, necessary for absorption of vitamin b12. Treatment is B12 shots, potentially. Leukemia is cancer. Treatment is chemotherapy. Read more...

What's the difference between pernicious anemia and B12 anemia?

See below. B-12 anemia is a deficiency in vitamin b-12 (cobalamin). Pernicious anemia is a deficiency or lack in intrinsic factor (produced by cells in the stomach) which is a protein essential for absorption of vitamin B12 in the ileum (small intestine). Pernicious anemia requires replacement of intrinsic factor &/or b-12. B-12 anemia needs only b-12 supplementation. Read more...

Please explain what happens to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

Can you clarify? If you have pernicious anemia and aren't effectively treated, you will first lose your mind and then your life. If by "B12 intolerance" you simply mean you cannot absorb the vitamin orally, this is common and you'll need monthly injections. If you believe that the supplement makes you sick -- as it claimed on some "pop" websites -- I'm skeptical but you'll need to get specialist consultation. Read more...