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[QUOTE=gingertea]I have chronic anemia, and suffer severe anxiety, mood swings, tingling in the arms, legs and face and a few other issues. I called my doctor to see if she had tested my B-12 level (all are B-12 deficiency symptoms) and she said it was done with the blood test for anemia. I have always had trouble with anemia, but the anxiety and heart palpitations did not start until I had a bout with h. pylori, a gastro-infection that depletes the B-12. My question to you...did your deficiency show up on a CBC or did you have a special test just for the B-12 deficiency? I have the results of the anemia testing in front of me....which code is the test for B-12?[/QUOTE]

A B12 test will say "B12." Your doctor may be referring to MCV which is routinely done with a CBC. This tests measures the size of your red blood cells, and is often elevated in the presence of B12 and folic acid deficiencies. If you have a mixed deficiency anemia (such as iron and B12) the MCV may be normal (iron deficiency tends to make RBC's smaller). If I were you, I would insist on a B12 test and not accept the use of MCV only. Both B12 and iron deficiencies can often be caused by h. pylori. Good luck with finding out what is going on.

mmmnnnn interesting. Just before I devoloped anxiety/panic disorder my b12 was low, I was getting palpitations and buzzing and put that down to my low b12, but looking back it may have just been the start of my anxiety problems. I have trouble maintaining iron and b12 levels. Dont know if it is coincidence or not. B12 is required for the nervous system and anxiety is a disorder of the nervous system.

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