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Is pernicious anemia helped by B12 vitamins as well as as B12 injections?

Maybe. If B12 deficiency is caused by a lack of something called "intrinsic factor, " then you may not be able to absorb orally ingested B12 very well. Under these circumstances it's sometimes preferable to do injections, especially at first. On the other hand, very high dose oral B12 can sometimes do the trick, but response will probably be slower. Read more...
Most true B-12. Deficiencies are due to loss of "intrinsic factor", secreted by the stomach, it aids absorption, so if it is missing pills will not work. Shots of b-12, cyanocobalamine, are bright red, and are used for placebo effect in some instances. Most people have intrinsic factor, normal b-12 levels. Read more...

What else can help with pernicious anemia other than b12 injections? Have read that in UK the type of b12 used in injections isn't very good. True?

Bunk. Stop reading internet disinformation. Back in the old days, pernicious anemia assured a terrible lingering death preceded by insanity. The very fact that "natural healing" types make up stuff about the injections that have saved millions of lives show how successful they are. Forgive my frankness and remember that the law requires your physician to be honest while crooks have no accountability. Read more...

Is sublingual B12 daily ok to take for pernicious anemia? My health insurance hasn't started yet and I've had to skip injections.

Injections done by. you are inexpensive, e.g. once weekly; just need Rx & about amount. Alternatively, just a high dose orally often works as it is commonly the case that even without intrinsic factor, a large enough daily oral intake, including quality OTC versions, can get around the absorption problem & may be the least expensive route. Thus don't focus on the money accumulators (insurance), not the wisest option. Read more...

I live in the uk and I've got pernicious anemia and have B12 injections every three month. I'm 32 and feel I need them six weekly its driving me mad.

Options. You have an auto-immune disorder. Possibly avoiding dairy and wheat and eating healthy anti-inflammtory food would help. There is a sublingual methyl cobalamine that you could take daily 1, 000 mcg a day and that might be able to help you. Check your 25-oh vit d3 and restore to nl, often low in auto-immune disorders. Lower your stress level. See kelly mcgonigal's book the will power instinct. Read more...
Anemia. I would recommend getting it on a monthly basis so that you can stay on top of pernicious anemia. Every 3 month is not a standard practice. Read more...

Diagnosed with autoimmune pernicious anemia 5 years ago. Levels still low or at times borderline despite monthly injections of cyanocobalamin.

What's wrong? If the level of B12 is not enough you may need a larger dose. If you mean you still have a mild or borderline anemia that can be OK. There is no reason to make you better than normal ( borderline is still normal ). I see you have a low ferritin and a high iron saturation. Talk with your doc about why those numbers are what they are. You may have another source of anemia. Read more...

B12 level 500 folate level 7, dr prescribed folic acid when previously had b12 injections, is this beneficial?, pernicious anemia runs in the family

Maybe. If the units do show a low folic acid, I'd examine your eating / supplement habits, and whether you might have impaired absorption from something like early celiac disease. I trust you're not a drinker or on phenytoin. Anemia with big red cells (high MCV) can of course result from either deficiency. If B12 was started and going on, you may still need this despite the normal level. Read more...
Need both. You B12 level is normal while folic acid level is borderline. Please follow your doctor's advice about taking the two vitamins at the recommended intervals. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Read more...

I was recently diagnosed with pernicious anemia. My B12 was a 260. I take B12 tablets by mouth. Will I need injections in the future? My MCV is 96.8

Truly PA? Normal mcv. Not all low b12= deficiency. Check methyl malonic acid, homocysteine levels-abnormal inb12 def. If so, check anti parietal cell antibodies-abmormal in pa . Megadose oral (2 mg) B12 can work once the tank is full. Read more...