I’ve just taken a call on my mobile from a member of the society who has been diagnosed as having Pernicious Anaemia.  The diagnosis was, as is often the case, a long time coming but eventually her GP was able to tell her why she felt so awful.  The patient came to see me two weeks ago.  She was in a dreadful state.  She was struggling to do her job (as an enforcement officer for a department in her local authority), was imagesstruggling to cope with two young children, was aware that her personality had changed and…. more worrying, she had developed numbness and sudden onset pins and needles in both her legs.  She was unsteady on her feet and had developed an unusual gait.  Her GP was not convinced that 1mg/ml injections every other day (as stated in the British National Formulary – BNF) would help her and she was on the waiting list to see a consultant Neurologist. I suggested that she try self-medication with the sub-lingual spray that is now widely available.  Anyway she just called me to tell me that the numbness in her legs had all but disappeared, there was no recurring pins and needles and ‘I feel as if I’ve got my life back’.  She also told me that she will keep her neurologist appointment “just so I can tell him or her what has happened”.

Ho Hum – Halcyon Days.