Pernicious Anemia Update – Camilla Downs

August 27 2022

I cannot believe what I had accepted as my new normal over the past few years. I didn’t feel like I had the time, the energy, or the brain capacity to figure out what my issue was. My personality type is just keep going, no matter what.

To say I feel much better is an understatement. Two weeks ago I received a B12 injection every day for a week, plus a 3 hour long iron infusion (as I also had iron deficiency anemia). I had one shot last week (yesterday) and will have one a week through mid-October, then switching to once a month.

Pre-diagnosis it had gotten to the point that I could barely do anything. I forced myself to do the bare minimum, especially the last 6 months. My hand strength had gotten very weak, my feet hurt, my hands hurt, everything hurt, severe brain fog, I was having difficulty with word recall (couldn’t remember the word for things in conversation), I was out of breath after doing the slightest task, light headed.

Last week I had …


Pernicious Anemia and Iron Deficiency Anemia – Camilla

August 17 2022

I’ve not been posting as much as I did in the past. I’ve not been writing, not keeping up with my favorite fb groups, and haven’t even been able to go for walks since June. I have been utterly drained and exhausted for the past few years, with it getting progressively worse.

For the past year and a half I’ve been traveling a path of lab visits, MRIs, CT Scans, ultrasounds, colonoscopy, endoscopy, an EKG, visits with the GI doctor, heart doctor, and now a hematologist. I’m thinking the (hopefully) last stop will be a neurologist.

About a year and a half ago I visited the doctor with a list of symptoms, and asked her to please help me figure out what the hell is going on. I knew I did not feel like myself, with a drastic change in my energy level. I had been feeling like this since mid 2019.

Pernicious anemia (a B12 deficiency) and iron deficiency anemia – that’s where I’ve landed, and I’m hoping when this is addressed it will address all of my symptoms. I do …

Camilla Update – Pernicious Anemia and Iron Deficiency Anemia