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Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
Ivebeenbetter, as someone who does have mild anemia from iron deficiency, I think you are jumping to conclusions

First of all, your hemoglobin has to be low for them to diagnose you with anemia. Only then would they do a B12, folic acid, and iron serum test, to check for the cause of it. Because you're hemoglobin is normal, they can't diagnose you with anemia

However, could you have B12 deficiency without anemia? Maybe, maybe not. Get tested for that, along with iron and folic acid. I know you don't have insurance but they are not that expensive

Are you a vegetarian? Many people who have B12 deficieny do so because they don't eat enough meats, which is where you get B12 from
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
[QUOTE=Michael949;5056505]Ivebeenbetter, as someone who does have mild anemia from iron deficiency, I think you are jumping to conclusions

First of all, your hemoglobin has to be low for them to diagnose you with anemia. Only then would they do a B12, folic acid, and iron serum test, to check for the cause of it. Because you're hemoglobin is normal, they can't diagnose you with anemia

However, could you have B12 deficiency without anemia? Maybe, maybe not. Get tested for that, along with iron and folic acid. I know you don't have insurance but they are not that expensive

Are you a vegetarian? Many people who have B12 deficieny do so because they don't eat enough meats, which is where you get B12 from[/QUOTE]

hi Michael949,

You must read more information on B12 deficiency, I'm hardly an expert but there are many cases of people being diagnosed with B12 deficiency due to pernicious anemia without actually being anemic...being that B12 deficiency is something that takes awhile sometimes to present with actual anemia it is commonly misdiagnosed...I can tell you I don't have anemia but I feel the effects described by many, many people who are b12 deficient ... Thank you for the reply though :)

Also no I'm not a vegetarian, I'm very much a meat eater
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
No problem, I know what it's like to feel like crap and go into panic mode. I suffer panic attacks, anxiety, and depression. None of which I had before the anemia diagnosis and it's like a wholllle box of problems opens up. Anemia, B12, Vitamin D, Folate. Sinsus', ear issues, balance issues, the list goes on and on. I know how it feels to feel bad. I just grabbed whatever I could and started taking it, and it worked so I was pleased. The Methylcobalamin was hard to find over the counter and the only one I found was a very large dose and spendy. I wish you a speedy recovery and really do hope they find what is wrong with you.

I also wanted to add. My hematocrit and hemoglobin are both fine, but I'm still anemic. Yes technically a Dr. is gonna say no your not but my Dr. won't, I still have a ferritin of 15 and an iron count of 33, with normal hematocrit and hemoglobin, so not all Dr's are the same, I'm very sorry the Dr. you saw did not take you serious. I'm curious what your iron and ferritin numbers are. I'm still taking large doses of iron as well.
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
As for my ferritin and iron, I don't know...Im not sure they tested me for it to be honest...what are the codenames/abbreviations?

Thank you just the same though because it helps to talk about it with someone who knows what you feel :)
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
Would be something like Iron Serum, Ferritin Serum. You would know. They need to be looking at more then just hemoglobin and crit.

If you ever need to talk I'm here and definitely can sympathize. I can't get out of bed w/o feeling like I'm falling over. I feel like I'm drunk all the time, and haven't drank anything. :D
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
[QUOTE=Heatherx5;5056630]Would be something like Iron Serum, Ferritin Serum. You would know. They need to be looking at more then just hemoglobin and crit.

If you ever need to talk I'm here and definitely can sympathize. I can't get out of bed w/o feeling like I'm falling over. I feel like I'm drunk all the time, and haven't drank anything. :D[/QUOTE]

No I wasn't tested for it then...should I ask my GP next time?

I know that feeling well...thank you I appreciate it and same goes for you :)
Re: B12 Deficiency?
Sep 15, 2012
Ya my Dr. is telling me I'm OCD and bi-polar with anxiety now. I laugh, well I wasn't before. I guarantee without a doubt anemia and even low b12 cause some major major psychological issues. I won't even listen to anyone that tries to tell me otherwise.

I will give you a rundown on me, fast one. I was blacking out. Went to the Dr. he said your just depressed. Did labs and threw anti-depressants at me. Called me back the very next day said your anemic stop taking those pills come get iron. I did. I came home and informed myself, because my Dr. wasn't hugely informative. He did say since my periods were heavy ( I have golf ball sized clots) that I probably had fibroids or something and I needed to see an OB. I come home Dr. Google for days, find out about b12, go back and demand a test for b12 and D. They both come back low (I'm all for self advocating, you have to do it for yourself no one else will, sometimes Dr.'s are wrong). Go to the OB, guess what no fibroids, I'm clean as a whistle. Get my thyroid checked it's fine. Dizzy off balance nose issues from hell. Go to the ENT, find out I have a deviated septum, and tons of other issues but no allergies, surgery is next Friday to correct them. Get referred to a neurologist for my dizzy off balance and vision issues (keep seeing dots and have flickering) that appointment is next week also next week and appointment with the vision Dr. to make sure nothing is detaching.

I have been anemic for 4 months taking boat loads of iron and my numbers are just fighting to go up. I have an OB appointment on the 25th for a pre-meeting on getting a uterine ablation to stop the bleeding. On top of that I have 2 back surgeries coming up. The first is the 18, 3 days before the nose surgery. I'm sure this all going to help my anemia :D . Plus a heavy period on the way, my last was 2 weeks. Like I said, everything just hit me at once. It's like you get one problem and bring on the problems.

I think I also developed some hypocondria..(sp?) I feel like I'm slowly dying. I'm so tired and ill feeling all the time. I just want to be me again :(.





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