Medical MondaysAnaemia Update

This week’s post is only a short one as I start my new job today (eek) & have a whole bunch of reviews to catch up on! I asked Twitter whether y’all would be interested in me doing weekly or fortnightly updates about my anaemia & generally the response said you would so here you go…


As some of you will remember I was told by my doctor a few weeks ago, after having a blood test done for something unrelated, that my folic acid & B12 levels were too low; this accounts for why my fatigue has been a lot worse recently & why, over the last 6 months or so I’ve been suffering regularly from mouth ulcers.

Anyway, on February 6th, just under two weeks ago, I started taking folic acid tablets once a day; so far it’s been a little hard to tell how much of a difference they’ve made to my energy levels because of me having anaesthetic on the 9th, but I do think that they’ve made some difference as I’ve not been getting so tired that I have constant migraines & I’m actually able to read for long periods of time without feeling sick. It usually takes about 2 weeks to get over facet joint injections (the reason I had anaesthetic) so I’m guessing that I’ll be able to judge whether the folic acid tablets are working properly after that time period.

Whilst I was at the hospital for my facet joint injections I had another blood test done, at the request of my GP (general practitioner) to have another look at my B12 levels; the results showed that my folate levels (/folic acid) are higher, which is obviously because of the medication, & that my B12 levels are looking a little better than they were before too! Now, this could be because of a change in diet but it could also be that my B12 levels aren’t being depleted as much now that my folate levels are better. Due to my higher B12 levels my doctor wants to wait another 6 weeks to do another test to see whether my B12 levels continue to improve along with my folate levels; I’m really hoping they do otherwise it could mean life-long injections to keep my B12 levels at a healthy number.

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  1. I’m glad you’re getting your anaemia checked up on- I looked at one of my old blood tests and although I had anemia (I guess American spelling is a bit different) my doctor never mentioned it or tried to treat it. :/ I take B12 supplements on my own (I checked them with all my meds 1st and they’re perfectly fine), because one of the causes of knees buckling can be lack of B12, and since I’ve had previous vitamin deficiencies (D, among others), I decided it was worth a shot. I guess it’s the darn syrinx though, because I haven’t improved with my walking.
    Good luck with your new job!
    ~Litha Nelle

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    • Oh that sucks so much! I think my doctor was really concerned because my symptoms were quite bad & I have a weak kidney & funny bladder anyway, so something like anaemia could put me back in hospital πŸ‘ŽπŸ» I had no idea B12 was related to knee buckling!!! That’s really interesting. I think I’ll probably end up on some supplements for B12, but obviously I’m hoping it won’t be the injections for life 🀞🏻 I’m sorry you’re still struggling with walking – when my legs are bad it’s really difficult to cope with so you’re not alone in your frustrations. Sending you well wishes xx

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