Patient Comments: Pernicious Anemia - Causes

Was there an underlying condition that caused your pernicious anemia?

Comment from: Happy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I contracted Shigella sonnei whilst in Egypt and as a result contracted pernicious anemia. I have B12 shots every 4 weeks.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: soccermaniac, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I got my pernicious anemia from not eating enough animal protein. This causes you not to absorb your B12, you lose your intrinsic factor. I have to eat liver for the rest of my life, maybe two or three times a week. I didn"t eat liver for a while and I got a very bad stomach. Also I am gluten and lactose intolerant.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: zoie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I wonder if it is possible to have pernicious anemia if you have been bulimic or anorexic. I think this condition could be made worse or masked by having one of the previous conditions mentioned. I had many of the PA symptoms before anorexia or bulimia but many more of the symptoms appeared when very ill with the anorexia.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: drifter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia a few years ago and still get B12 injections every 12 weeks. Now I am extremely tired and have only had injection 4 weeks ago. I don't think I can last for another 8 weeks.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Pernicious Anemia - Symptoms Question: The symptoms of pernicious anemia can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?
Pernicious Anemia - Treatments Question: What was the effective treatment for you pernicious anemia?
Pernicious Anemia - Share Your Experience Question: What was the cause of your megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia? Please share your experience.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.