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Hello all. I have been dealing with several symptoms for about a year now. I have posted here a few times and also on the Thyroid Board.

For the past year, some of my symptoms have been, ALWAYS tired and fatigued with NO energy to do anything. I am tired when I am sitting, which is pretty much all I do now a days because I have no energy to get up and do anything. I have lost weight ... lost about 30 pounds since the beginning of the year, am down to 125 pounds now and I have NEVER tried to lose weight. I keep trying to eat things now to gain weight, but I am not gaining any. I have sporadic bouts of high blood pressure which the doctors have done several tests for, but they came back normal. My arms and legs fall asleep VERY easily. If they are in a certain position for a few minutes, they will fall asleep. My hair is BIG TIME THINNING!!!!!! I am always cold or sweaty hot. I get brain fogginess, I feel like I forget things and cannot remember things like I used to. Like I will know I have to get something when I go into a room, I will go to the room, and forget what I am there to get, it is driving me crazy!!! I never used to be like that. There are times I get so tired from just walking up the stairs, sometimes my heart will beat really fast after I walk up the stairs too. It doesn't happen all of the time ... and I never know when it will happen, it just happens. Like I get to the top of the stairs and I am out of breath and my heart is eating really fast. My eyes have been doing this weird twitching back and forth thing ..... they both do it at the same time and they move back and forth really, eally fast. It will do it for like maybe 2 seconds, then it will stop. I am like ... what the heck is wrong with me!!

Have been back and forth to the family doctor, tested my thyroid, all came back normal. Did a full blood panel, all came back normal. Did cortisol tests, they came back high ... doctor says that because I have back problems, and am always in pain from my back, that could be why my cortisol levels are high. Have some hormone testing done .... FSH came back a little high, LH came back normal, Testosterone came back on the low side of normal, was 28. I had my Ferritin level checked the other month ... someone mentioned to me to have that done on the board here. I believe my level came back at like 20, 21 or 22. I don't have those results in front of me at the moment, but it was one of those numbers. People mentioned to me that my Ferritin level could be why my hair is thinning. I went back to the docs, told her what people were telling me. She said she doesn't go by Ferritin levels. She goes by what the Blood Panel results are when it comes to Anemia.

She then sent me to an Endocrinoligist. I went there last Friday. This doctor was not of any help either. She doesn't know why I am having all of these symptoms. She said I have several groups of symptoms, but when she thinks my symptoms could be one thing .... the other group of symptoms rule out what she was thinking. So she told me she was at "Aw" and doesn't know why I am having the symptoms I am having. I was like ok .... I left there and was MAD!! I was thinking, you are the specialist .... you know my symptoms, yet you can't help me?? Ohhh the one thing she did say was ... I could be lacking in B12, that could be why my hair is thinning. She even looked at my hair and used her hands through it to look at spots, and she was even saying .... "yes, you do have a lot of thinning spots through out your head". I was thinking ... UM YEAH! It's been big time falling out for months now. Soon, I am not going to have any hair and I am only 34 years old!

Anyway .... I go home and of course was mad. I figured I would try to order the B12 test myself. So, found an online lab, ordered the B12 test, went yesterday, had the blood drawn, and got my test results back today. Well, my B12 is low. I am just not sure if it is low enough to cause any of my symptoms. My level cam back at: 172. The normal lab ranges for B12 on the lab report is: (211-911).

I faxed them over to my family doctor and to the endocrinologist. I am not sure if they will do anything or not. Does anyone here have any information on B12 or any experience in B12? Is my level just a little below normal? Could my level be causing my symptoms? If you have any information or advice for me PLEASE let me know. I would GREATLY appreicate any advice. Thank you!!

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 :)
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??

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