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Abbie,

I too was diagnosed with a B-12 deficiency earlier this year. I have been on B-12 injections for over 6 months now. First I was on them once a week, then I went to once a month. When re-tested, my levels were still extremely low so I have been bumped up to an injection every two weeks now. I have been on this treatment for several months now and I am due for another round of blood tests next month. However, I don't feel better at all! I still have severe fatigue and depression. I was wondering if you, or anyone else on this list, has advice on about how long I should wait before asking my doctor to look into other causes and/or treatments? I was also told that the injections would make me feel much better as soon as I started them, but unfortunately this has not held true at all. Any advice you could offer would be great.

Regards,
Kathy
[QUOTE=blachowski79;2765174]Abbie,

I too was diagnosed with a B-12 deficiency earlier this year. I have been on B-12 injections for over 6 months now. First I was on them once a week, then I went to once a month. When re-tested, my levels were still extremely low so I have been bumped up to an injection every two weeks now. I have been on this treatment for several months now and I am due for another round of blood tests next month. However, I don't feel better at all! I still have severe fatigue and depression. I was wondering if you, or anyone else on this list, has advice on about how long I should wait before asking my doctor to look into other causes and/or treatments? I was also told that the injections would make me feel much better as soon as I started them, but unfortunately this has not held true at all. Any advice you could offer would be great.

Regards,
Kathy[/QUOTE]

Although I do not wish to hijack Abbie's post, I wanted to ask you what kind of B12 supplement are you receiving? After 6 months of treatments, your levels should be rising and you should be feeling better - I definitely would consult the doctor again.

The reason I asked what kind you were receiving is Cyanocobalamin is not readily used by the body. The liver converts this into Methylcobalamin, but not in therapeutically significant amounts. If you are receiving the Cyano- kind, then maybe the Methyl- would be of more use to you.

Also, what amount are you receiving in your injections? B12 has a low potential for toxicity, therefore a high dose should be ok. Your body will get rid of any excess anyway.

Also, though some people do not agree with this, a daily sublingual supplement (one you would place under your tongue and let it dissolve) is another way to supplement your B12. There are many people who swear by this and have gotten great results. Personally I have not tried it, but many on this forum have.

The only supplement not highly recommended is the OTC pills. Most of these contain very lil amounts of B12 - maybe 100mcg - meaning you would need to take 10 or more a day to equal what you would get in an injection. Also, the reason for the defiency is usually with absorption within the GI tract, therefore you still would not absorb enough B12 from these pills to even affect your deficiency status - it would be a very very minimal amount. In my opinion they are a complete waste of time and your money.





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