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Drs. don't take B-12 issues serious enough sometimes. Japan considers anything below 500 to be too low. We are behind the times here. Many people start having problems when their level hit 300 or so.

Mine is right now 162, having fallen from 464 1 year ago. It was 184 5 years ago with symptoms so bad I was even tested for MS, and I had shots which brought it back up. I had just about every other nasty symptoms of it you can imagine.

Now I am back down again, and starting up with the shots again today for a while to see how it goes from there.
Hi there Isis498, you are 100% right about that!! I have read online that doctors learn about B12 stuff and the side affects of low B12 on people during their FIRST year of Med. School. I guess these doctors just forget?? I am just sooooooooo glad that I took up for myself and paid to get my B12 tested on my own! I do have insurance ..... but paid for this on my own because it seemed like I was getting NO WHERE with all of these doctors and other tests. The only reason I knew about B12 was when the Endo. doctor said "well you could be low on B12, that could be why your hair is falling out". She SHOULD have tested me! I shouldn't have had to pay for it out of my pocket. But actually ... I am glad I did, otherwise I would be back to square one. Not knowing what is wrong with me! Now, everything is coming together!! I am so happy about that. I will be even happier when I am back to my old self. I cannot wait for that day!!!!!

Do the shots hurt when you get them?? How long does it take for you to start feeling halfway good again after the start of getting the shots? I have an appointment with a Hematologist on October 29th. Will be my first appointment with one. It was actually a funny story how I got the appointment, but I don't wanna bore anyone or right a REALLY long post like I always tend to do LOL.

I also just went today ... for a few more blood tests. I had another CBC done. My last one was back in June 2007. Then I have never had an Iron test with TBIC?? I think thats the name of it. So I got that and then I got another Ferritin level. My last Ferritin level was 21 back in August 2007. I should have the results back tomorrow. So I am curious to see what the Iron test shows.

I hope you start feeling better REAL soon Isis!! Ohhh and one more question for you ..... how often do you have to get the B12 shots? Thank you!! :)
Hi Tifferz,

I also found out that I have a B-12 deficiency. My B-12 number was 155. I had alot of the same symptoms that you had (mentioned in this post). I started the B-12 shots about 2 weeks ago. The first week, I had to do them every day. Then I went to once a week for the next month and then monthly. Last week, I went to once a week and did not last long. I made it about 4 days before my feet started burning and the nausea came back. I ended up doing an extra B-12 shot that week. I am making through the 2nd week with one shot. No problems yet.

I do that shots at home. The nurse at my dr's office showed me how to do them in my stomach. The first couple were hard to do but now it's not so bad now. The only side effect that I had was some stomach upset around the 2nd or 3 day of doing the shots. The relief kicked in around the 3rd day. It was amazing to see the difference. I was alot more awake, the burning in my feet stopped and I was actually starting to gain some weight. When it wears off, I start to notice vision changes, nausea, feet hurt more and I start dropping weight.

If your B-12 is low, I would not wait till Oct 29 to start the shots. I would call your family dr now and have them show you how to do it. The sooner you do it, the better chance that you can reverse any damage. When I had to go in to my family dr to get more blood test, my family dr heard that my number was low and he immediately started me on B-12. Don't wait. Time is not on your side with this. The longer you wait, the more damage you will have.

Good luck
alaska
I have done some reading on-line that now says that they are finding sublingual B-12 to be just as good as receiving the injections.

I found some sublingual B-12 at Whole Foods. It is $20 per vial and each vial contains 75 dropperfuls. One dropper contains 1000 mcgs which is a good dose. I bought some. I'm not low on B-12 but my levels could stand to come up some so I thought I'd give it a try.

If you don't want to do the shots, you could try this. You just put in under the tongue.
[QUOTE=ChristineVA;3254343]I have done some reading on-line that now says that they are finding sublingual B-12 to be just as good as receiving the injections.

I found some sublingual B-12 at Whole Foods. It is $20 per vial and each vial contains 75 dropperfuls. One dropper contains 1000 mcgs which is a good dose. I bought some. I'm not low on B-12 but my levels could stand to come up some so I thought I'd give it a try.

If you don't want to do the shots, you could try this. You just put in under the tongue.[/QUOTE]

There is a lot of different views on this. I agree with the tried and true method that if you have a very low level like the posters here mention, especially with the severe symptoms, you must have the injections to do well, and get better quickly. THEN, once levels are up, and you are feeling much better, it's worth it to try the sublinguals, then have bloodwork down the road and see how the levels stay.

After my injections and I got my level up, I switched to a prescription B-12 to keep mine up. Down the road, 5 years later, my level is once again lower than it was the first time.

It's a decision you have to make for yourself. Once the loading shots are over, usually you only have to take one every month or 2 anyway. Maybe 3. Not a bad thing.
[QUOTE=Tifferzz;3253769]Hi there Isis498, you are 100% right about that!! I have read online that doctors learn about B12 stuff and the side affects of low B12 on people during their FIRST year of Med. School. I guess these doctors just forget?? I am just sooooooooo glad that I took up for myself and paid to get my B12 tested on my own! I do have insurance ..... but paid for this on my own because it seemed like I was getting NO WHERE with all of these doctors and other tests. The only reason I knew about B12 was when the Endo. doctor said "well you could be low on B12, that could be why your hair is falling out". She SHOULD have tested me! I shouldn't have had to pay for it out of my pocket. But actually ... I am glad I did, otherwise I would be back to square one. Not knowing what is wrong with me! Now, everything is coming together!! I am so happy about that. I will be even happier when I am back to my old self. I cannot wait for that day!!!!!

Do the shots hurt when you get them?? How long does it take for you to start feeling halfway good again after the start of getting the shots? I have an appointment with a Hematologist on October 29th. Will be my first appointment with one. It was actually a funny story how I got the appointment, but I don't wanna bore anyone or right a REALLY long post like I always tend to do LOL.

I also just went today ... for a few more blood tests. I had another CBC done. My last one was back in June 2007. Then I have never had an Iron test with TBIC?? I think thats the name of it. So I got that and then I got another Ferritin level. My last Ferritin level was 21 back in August 2007. I should have the results back tomorrow. So I am curious to see what the Iron test shows.

I hope you start feeling better REAL soon Isis!! Ohhh and one more question for you ..... how often do you have to get the B12 shots? Thank you!! :)[/QUOTE]

When I first found my low level, I had to ASK for the test, my Drs. never even thought to do one, even with all the problems I was having. :( My Grandmother had PA and I wondered about it.

My hair is falling out too at the moment, bad. :mad: I hope it comes back.

The shots aren't bad at all; my DH gives them. I am on 1 a day for a week, then 1 a week for a month. Then 1 a month indefintly.

I have read, and also been told it takes up to 6 months or more to start to really feel better and neurological damage to correct itself. If you have had it too long, it may never correct itself.

Good luck to you, let us know how your tests come out.
Hi ALL, and thanks for responding Isis498, ChristineVA, and alaska_free, I appreciate it very much!! Isis, I heard that the B12 shots "sting" when they go in. Is that true? Also if that is true, how long does the sting last? I don't like watching needles go in me and even when I get my blood drawn, I look away. I am a baby LOL. I don't like things that hurt either .... BUT .... if the shots will help me get better .... faster ..... then I will do them definitely. The sooner I am back to myself .... the HAPPIER I will be. I am going to throw a BIG party when I am back to myself LOL. But .... before my party I want to make sure my old self is back .... (The OCD me where my house is spotless)!!! Clean my house, have my HAIR BACK, it is sooooooo thin right now, it makes me sad. My hair is straight ... and when I do it after I shower and I turn to the sides, I can see my ears through my hair. Like not my full ears .... but I can definitely see my ears. I hate it. I am soooooo ready to do things other than SIT all day long. I want my energy back. I am tired of sleeping 10 hours a day. I am tired of sitting in a chair, and I just fall asleep .... I don't even want to fall asleep but I get so tired sitting, that I just fall asleep. I want to be more into my daughter .... like I used to be. I used to remember everything .... ALL school stuff. I cannot remember things like I used to. I see her bring home a school paper. I keep it to the side and say to myself, "I need to remember this". Well, most of the time ... I forget. I have no energy to go to her sports games, which makes me REALLY sad. I don't think a lot of people TRUELY understand how dead tired this makes you. They think "oh she's just tired", but they have no clue. It's not that I am just "tired". I seriously cannot get up and do ANYTHING. But oh well, here I go into a long post again LOL ...... SORRY!!


As I was saying lol .... I was thanking all of you for responding and asking about the B12 shots stinging. Christine .... yeap my Dad told me about the B12 thingies that you stick under your tongue. I am hoping to do something like that after I see the doctor. I just wanna wait till after I see the Hematologist, that way he can tell me if I need the shots first to get my level up, or if I can just to something like under the tongue. I am thinking he may want to do the shots for a little bit since my level is pretty low. So, if he does the shots at first ... once I am regular, I will definitely do something like those things you stick under your tongue. I don't like the idea of getting stuck with a needle ALLLLLL the time, eeeekkkkk!! :(

Ohhh, also alaska_free, I wish I could just call my family doctor and get B12. But .... she has NOT called me back since my B12 results. She probably does not think that low B12 is a problem. She didn't think my low ferritin the other month was a problem. She said she doesn't go by ferritin levels since my CBC came back normal. But yeah, I did ask to have her call me, and a week went by, and no phone call back. Sooooo, that is when I took it amongst myself, to find a Hematologist. I called them and I said "can I set up an appointment on my own or do I need to have my family doctor do it". The lady was nice and said "normally your family doctor would call and set the appointment up IF you have never been seen by our office". I was like "Oh ok". Then the lady said "why, are you having a problem"? I said "well kinda". She then asked me what was going on. I explained to her that we have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me for the past year. I said we just found out last week that my B12 is low. The lady then asked what was the results. I said my results came back at 172 which was low on the lab report. She then said "have you had other blood work done"? I said yes. She said "how did that come back"? I said well I had some cortisol tests, they came back high. I said some of my hormone testing came back high and my testosterone was on the low side. I then told her that my CBC came back normal, and then I said my Ferritin test that I had done in August came back on the low side. She then said "what was your Ferritin level? I said it was 21. So, she said "can I put you on hold, I am going to call over to the lab and tell them about your B12 and Ferritin levels and I'll see what they say". I said ok. She came back on the phone and said "I talked to the senior lab tech, and he said that with your levels you do need to be seen, so I am going to go ahead and set up an appointment for you". I said ok. Then she said "call your family doctor and tell them you have an appointment with us and ask them to fax over all of your labs and physician reports over the past year". I said ok.

When I called the family doctor, I got a receptionist. I told her about my up-coming appointment. She was like "did we set this up for you". I said no, I have been waiting for the doctor to call me back but it's been a week and I haven't heard from her, so I called and asked if I could make the appointment on my own, and they said with my levels of low B12 and low ferritin that I need to be seen". The lady didn't sound to happy ... but oh well. I am tired of feeling this way. I wasn't getting anywhere before, so I have to do stuff on my own!! So, I am pretty sure the Hematology place set me up with the appointment for the first available appointment that they had available, and that was the October 29th appointment. Trust me ... I wish I could get in sooner!!

I know I am writing a book her ... sorry!! But ... I need to post one more thing. I just got my labs back from yesterday. I am going to post them here. My Iron stuff came back in the normal ranges! It's weird that you can have Low B12 and Low ferritin but normal Iron stuff. Here is my new blood work, ohh and my Ferritin level dropped since August too!

[B]October 11, 2007[/B]

[B]CBC With Differential/Platelet[/B]

WBC: 6.2 ------ Normal Lab Ranges: (4.0 - 10.5)

RBC: 4.43 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (3.80 - 5.10)

Hemoglobin: 13.5 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (11.5 - 15.0)

Hematocrit: 39.8 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (34.0 - 44.0)

MCV: 90 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (80 - 98)

MCH: 30.4 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (27.0 - 34.0)

MCHC: 33.9 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (32.0 - 36.0)

RDW: 12.8 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (11.7 - 15.0)

Platelets: 336 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (140 - 415)

Neutrophils: 36 - LOW ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (40 - 74)

Lymphs: 49 - HIGH ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (14 - 46)

Monocytes: 7 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (4 - 13)

Eos: 7 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0 - 7)

Basos: 1 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0 - 3)

Neutrophils (Absolute): 2.2 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (1.8 - 7.8)

Lymphs (Absolute): 3.0 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0.7 - 4.5)

Monocytes (Absolute): 0.4 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0.1 - 1.0)

Eos (Absolute): 0.4 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0.0 - 0.4)

Baso (Absolute): 0.1 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (0.0 - 0.2)




[B]Iron and TIBC[/B]

Iron Bind. Cap. (TIBC): 333 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (250 - 450)

UIBC: 258 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (150 - 375)

Iron, Serum: 75 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (35 - 155)

Iron Saturation: 23 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (15 - 55)




[B]Ferritin, Serum[/B]

Ferritin, Serum: 10 ----- Normal Lab Ranges: (10 - 291)



* Thos Are My Latest Lab Results As Of October 11, 2007, Then My B12 Was 172 last week *

Sorry about the book I just wrote!! Just wanted to respond to those of you who posted, and give some answers and also post my latest labs. If you see anything or have any comments, PLEASE post them to me! Thank you!!

Tifferzz :)
It really IS best to be on top of things like this, especially when some Drs. don't seem to be. Or when they kinda overlook things. Another thing; it is of more significance when a low B-12 shows up in a younger person like this, and the cause needs to be found. Unless you've been a strict Vegan or Vegetarian for quite a few years, had intestinal surgery, taking some sort of medicine that would cause it, maybe a few other reasons, it is not really normal for a younger person's B-12 to get very low.

Pernicious Anemia isn't that common in younger people, but it does happen.

It's best to find out why you have it; not just blindly treat it and go about your business.

Oh, and I reread my first post; my B-12 level was NOT 464 a year ago, it was 517. And has now, 6 months later fallen to 162. Thats a big drop for that short of a time. I think I need to mention that to my Dr., as I haven't had a chance yet.

No, I don't think the shots sting, it's just a quick jab like any other injection. :)
Hi there again Isis and osteoblast. Yeap osteoblast, I was determined to figure out what is wrong with me. I mean I knew it wasn't normal to go how I was ... to how I am now. I was tired of Doctors saying it could be this, it could be that and not test me. I was tired of Doctors not figuring it out. I mean it is their job to figure out what is wrong with us. I think if it wasn't for this message board and me being determined .... who knows where I would be right now. I would probably be a little guinea pig, just sitting here with no energy, listening to what doctors tell me. Telling me ohhhh, your levels are fine. Or oh I don't go by that on a lab report, I go by this. I was also thinking I was just getting old. I am 34 but I was like thinking to myself .... maybe this is what it feels like to get old?? This message board has helped me a lot and I learned sooooooo much from a lot of people here, so thank you all. I don't post all of the time, but I do read different sections of this board just about every day. Good luck with your up-coming appointment osteoblast!! It sounds like you will be going to an awesome place!! I will definitely keep in mind the supplements after my initial appointment with the Hematologist. I just don't want to take anything yet .... because I am not sure what tests he will do. I don't want to alter any tests that he may have planned and I want to make sure nothing else is causing my low ferritin levels and low B12. And ohhhhhhh I love Dr.Oz!!!!! He is awesome!! I will definitely check out that book that you mentioned, thank you!!

Isis, yeah I am curious to see why my B12 is low. I am not a vegetarian and I never have been. I eat meats and eggs and I LOVE dairy!! So, yeah I am curious to figure out why. The only other medication I am on is Percocet. I am on that for my lower back problems. I have had back problemes for yearsssss. I need an anterior/posterior spinal fusion. I don't want that right now, so I am on percocet until I decide to do the surgery. That is how I originally found this board a few years ago. I would always post in the back problems section. I was on Birth Control Pills until the end of August 2007. I am not on B.C. anymore and am just on percocet for my back. I am glad that the B12 shots don't hurt much. I was worried .... I was reading that they sting and stuff, and I was wondering to myself .... how much do they sting?? LOL. Wow your B12 is REALLY low too!! Do they know the cause of your low B12??
Tifferzz,

I agree with Isis498. It’s better to start with injections and then perhaps in the future try another method. When I finished my first full week of loading doses, I broke out in ugly, painful acne along my hairline. I asked my doctor if I could switch to sublinguals. She agreed (I’m the first patient she’s had with B12 deficiency), and I quickly went down hill fast. I felt so awful that I was afraid I’d totally messed things up. I quickly went back to injections of cyano B12. By the way, I’ve read that it’s the hydroxy B12 (used in the UK and other places) that stings, not cyano (used in US). My husband injects me in the arm, and the only time it stings is if he accidentally hits a blood vessel, but it’s no big deal at all. I’ve been on injections for three months. I’m supposed to be getting them once a month, but it’s been a struggle to make it to one week without what I call a “relapse.” So I still take shots once or twice every week. My recovery has been completely up and down with the downs being horrible and discouraging. In the past, when I read about other people feeling better, I never thought it could happen for me. But honestly, in the last couple of weeks, I’m finally beginning to have moments of optimism. I told my husband that he must tell me constantly that I’m going to get better; it helps!
I was at 329 when I began treatment; “normal,” but I was very, very sick. I felt like I was dying. New symptoms popped up all the time, and many of them caused anxiety. Even when I got up to 1200, my symptoms continued. I still have symptoms, but they don’t last as long and most are milder than they used to be. I’m tired 24/7, so I’m thinking that’s the last thing that will go away. The fatigue is not debilitating like it used to be, though. I can actually ignore it and forget about it until someone brings it up.
Hi olwynUFO :) Yeah .... that is what I am going to do. I am sure the Hematologist will want to do the shots on me at first. At least from what I have been reading lately ... that is what he should do, so we'll see what he says at my appointment. I hope I am not getting all excited here, and I go there and he turns out like some of these other doctors!! I will be sooooo mad. Although, from how the office staff was on the phone the other day ..... I don't think they will be like other doctors. I mean they scheduled the appointment for me without my family doctor calling them, after I gave them my lab numbers. So that was good! I just hope and pray that they are good and will listen to me and help me figure it out and get me on the right track.

Also it is soooooooooo good to hear about the "cyano". I am afraid of the sting LOL. I am a wuss when it comes to that stuff!! Wow, that is interesting about the acne .... I wonder why the B12 caused that? Is that a side affect of the shots? Eeeekkk ..... give my hubby a needle?? That is scarey, ha ha ha. He may try to get me back for being so irritable lately LOL. I have been reading that it can take awhile to feel better and not be so tired after giving your body the B12 it needs. I think I am thinking "oh, I will get the shots, in a week I will be back to myself". I better stop thinking that way! I am glad that things are looking better for you olwynUFO!! I am glad that the symptoms don't last long now and also glad the fatigue is starting to get a little better for you. I hope it continues to do so :)

Have they figured out why your B12 was low? Did you have anything else that was low or high? Like low ferritin or anything like that?
Tifferzz,

The shots really don't hurt much. Thanks to the B-12 deficiency, part of my stomach is numb. So I don't really feel it. My dr has me use a very tiny-insulin needle. I am using the cyano and get no stingy at all. Just a tiny pitch and that's it.

I am actually having problems with my family dr. He refuses to believe the B-12 test that my neurologist ordered is correct. The same test that showed 155. The funny thing is that I got a call this afternoon from the neurologist office at a major medical hospital asking me to come in early for a follow up appointment to go over all the test. It took me almost 3 months to get in for a new patient but only a week for follow up. Makes me wonder if they know something that I don't. I can live with the B-12 deficiency, if we manage it correctly.

This is the first week that I have made it through with just one shot. Last week was pretty hairy going from 1 a day for 7 days to 1 a week. I relapse last Friday and it was scary.

alaska
[QUOTE=CTweet;3273811]Alaska Free

Are you in Anchorage? I just got word today that my B12 lab was 112. You have mentioned a few docs and was hoping for a good/bad report!

I learned about low b12 from a show one night. Mystery Diagnosis. I have been on several pain medications for almost 6 weeks following a cholecystectomy that only made my problems WORSE! I am in chronic pain, chronic fatique and chornic gastric issues. Even with the chronic fatique the pain pills keep me up most the night hence catching mystery dianosis ha ha

I am happy to read this thread and see that I think we were definetely on the right track. This is the first and only time you will hear me state "God bless TV" :rolleyes:

Unfortunately I have never had a b12 level before so I don't really know what is "normal" for me or not.[/QUOTE]

Hey, not Alaska here, but I can tell you that "Normal" for ANYONE is definitely not close to 112! :eek:

I imagine on your report it will state your lab range would be somewhere around 220-850 -ish as normal ranges. You are at the bottom of the barrel. An average normal person who is healthy would be around 1,000 or so.

I would always get paper copies of any lab work I have done if I were you and keep them, if you don't already, so you can refer back to them in the future. I do. Just ask for them, they are required by law to give you copies, or of any of your medical records for that matter.

I hope you are on, ( or will be quickly since you only heard about this today) shots to get yours up by now.

Hope you get to feeling better soon.
Isis

Thank you. I requested the lab today but the doc hasn't signed off on it yet...which means he hasn't even SEEN it yet. I would have thought my nurse would have waived a B12 number like that under his nose the second it came in. (sigh) The receptionist (bless her) put my labs and chart on the top of his pile next to his lunch. Hopefully I will hear from him soon. To feel so bad and know there is a chance that a few shots might make me feel so much better makes for a very impatient person :mad:


Now that I have looked over the b12 deficiency symptom list it all makes sense. Except for the chronic pain post choly. I truly thing its a sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. If I can these two things fixed perhaps I may feel normal again.

Does anyone remember "normal"?

Is there a support board for just b12 deficiency or pernicious (sp?) anemia?

Edited to ad: He looked and signed off and they faxed. I heard her wrong on the phone I guess. My B12 is 150 not 112. Still pretty darn low huh?
Yes, 150 is still very low. And true, you really need to know the cause. Did he not mention any testing for PA?

I also think it would be good to have more than one shot a week for a while, but if that's all he'll give you, well.......

Why not also get some sublingual B-12 from the health food store and use it at the same time? It couldn't hurt. The Methyl Cobalamin along with folic acid works best, and should help boost your levels while you are on the shots.

There isn't a specific PA forum on here but are several out there online I've seen.
When my husband and I went in Saturday morning, the office had changed their mind AGAIN. They did show my dh how to do the shots but don't want me to have another injection until Friday which would be a total of a week between. I am not happy. They know I am NOT happy but what am I to do? This is my GP and I have had to bring them (and fax them) information regarding B12 deficiency myself. I love my GP however I feel that if I have to educate their office perhaps they should be referring me out.

Friday night I was more tired then I have ever been. My balance was worse too. I was outside talking with my husband and could not stand up straight. I know your symptoms can get worse, or wax and wane between injections but goodness sakes! I felt like a drunken sailor (minus the language but I sure felt like rattling off a good sentance or two).

At this point, I feel like I need to refer myself out. I have no patience or tolerance. I have four children, work full time and all the vairious activies that go along with a large family. I can not afford to be down like this, its not fair to all of them.

I find myself getting pretty depressed and beyond frustrated. The GP did say they want labs on Thursday to see if that one shot boosted my number :confused: I really don't think it would have. Plus, now that they have given me one shot wouldnt that scew any MMA test they might do now? Or would one week out be okay.

I think I am calling a neurologist today. There are only two in Anchorage that is preferred on the blue cross list. I hope they can tell me my GP is on the right track. I just don't feel like I can gamble. I am rambling....

Alaska Free: To bad this board is strictly anonymous. When you hit town it would be great to hook up and compare notes. Perhaps even start a support group. The more research I do the more I realize that this is really something physicians need to be taking a good look at! :mad: I am glad you can wear shoes. I don't have to many problems with that kind of neuropathy. I do get the sleepies in my legs and arms, carpal tunnel, terrible balance issues, horrible forgetfullness and foggy/fuzzy thinking. I also have chronic pain in my abdomen. They removed my Gall bladder on the 19th of Sept. Not due to stones but an ejection fraction of 15%. They felt it was colicky and causing my URQ pain. It did nothing but increase my pain 100 fold. Wondering if its a different type of neuropahty...along with my chronic diahhrea

What wonderful bodies we have. :(
CTSweet,

I swear we must have the same dr. I have spent the past 2 months educating my dr and it has been frusturating. Luckly, my dr knew to do 1ml shot a day for a week, then 1 a week for 4 weeks then 1 a month.

The cruddy thing is that my dr was stuck on this dosage schedule and did not take into account the problems that I ran into when I went to 1 a week. It was the neurologist that sat down and listened to me and changed the dosage. Now, my neurologist made the recommendations but my family dr is still protesting it. I got a phone call last week from my family dr requesting to come in for a follow up appt. I suspect that he knows I am mad at him or he got the stuff from the neurologist.

The off balance stuff is what I experienced when I did the 1 shot a week. On Sunday, I felt the same way and was nausea. I couldn't do a shot till today and now I feel great.

With the MMA, I would not do it. The b-12 shots will affect the MMA results. It would be a waste of your money. There is amazing book that I picked up that talks alot about B-12 deficiency. It is called, "Could it Be B-12". You may need to go to your bookstore and order it. Worth the money.

I know that neuropathy can go into your stomach/digestive system. We thought that is what happen when I stopped eating and was always getting nausea. Also, parts of my stomach before I started the B-12 injections were numb. Now, a month after the injections. Let's just say the injections are hurting. Good sign, the feeling is coming back.

alaska





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