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Accessible, user-friendly guide to the causes and consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency, higlighting the problems with diagnosis and treatment and what sufferers can do to overcome these difficulties. Illustrated throughout with case histories and focused on awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for.


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Accessible, user-friendly guide to the causes and consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency, higlighting the problems with diagnosis and treatment and what sufferers can do to overcome these difficulties. Illustrated throughout with case histories and focused on awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for.

30 review for Pernicious Anaemia: The Forgotten Disease: The Causes and Consequences of Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This book is a very personal account of pernicious anaemia. Mr. Hooper describes his difficulties walking and other symptoms and how the delay in his diagnosis prevented him from having a full recovery. B12 deficiency is far more common than many doctors are aware of. That includes nutritional doctors and authors of books on vitamins too. It can be the sole cause of symptoms or a person can develop a B12 deficiency after years of being ill with something else. Many diseases which affect the gut or This book is a very personal account of pernicious anaemia. Mr. Hooper describes his difficulties walking and other symptoms and how the delay in his diagnosis prevented him from having a full recovery. B12 deficiency is far more common than many doctors are aware of. That includes nutritional doctors and authors of books on vitamins too. It can be the sole cause of symptoms or a person can develop a B12 deficiency after years of being ill with something else. Many diseases which affect the gut or have an autoimmune component can put you at an increased risk of B12 deficiency even if you eat a very good diet. B12 deficiency is very responsive to treeatment and easy to treat but only if treatment is begun early. Time is of the essence in treating B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency can cause very different symptoms in different people. Some may just have balance and memory issues, others may have burning arm and leg pain and incontinence issues, or may seem to be very mentally ill and depressed. This book provides a fairly comprehensive symptom list for B12 deficiency, although it isn't as good as the one in 'Could it be B12?'. Many symptom lists for B12 deficiency symptoms are very basic and unhelpful. This book is very interesting reading for anyone with pernicious anaemia or a B12 deficiency. It discusses symptoms at length (as reported by members of the Pernicious Anemia Society) and also the difficulties many patients face in getting diagnosed and/or regular enough B12 injections. Injections not being given often enough is a huge issue for patients. I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) since 1995 when I was 19. I developed symptoms of B12 deficiency (on top of my primary neurological disease) in early 2012. I was not aware that these new symptoms were B12 deficiency for around 18 months. 18 months after these new symptoms started I began high dose B12 treatment - to pretty wonderful effect. The change I've seen in just 2 weeks of treatment is amazing! The brilliant 'Could it be B12?' book is essential to read first but this book fills in a few more of the gaps and so is good extra reading. I recommend it and wish the author all the best with his advocacy work and his health. Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wilson

    Technical insight into the happenings of B12 deficient sufferers and those who have further developed Pernicious Anaemia. A brief history, a lot of technical reference data [Having come from a medical laboratory background, I understand the confusion from non-medical staff regarding the interpretation of test results. Although the authors intentions are good and in the best interest of his readers - I am not so sure that some of the laboratory test results were explained to him properly.] The ove Technical insight into the happenings of B12 deficient sufferers and those who have further developed Pernicious Anaemia. A brief history, a lot of technical reference data [Having come from a medical laboratory background, I understand the confusion from non-medical staff regarding the interpretation of test results. Although the authors intentions are good and in the best interest of his readers - I am not so sure that some of the laboratory test results were explained to him properly.] The overall aim is achieved in raising awareness with respect to this dreadful illness. As a sufferer, I was very interested to read this. I have bought a copy for my Mum too. I think there are parts of this book them she will understand just think however that there is two much emphasis on interpreting sample test results and perhaps she would be better skimming over the top these.

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