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:angel:Hi Emmaspaws!..That is great news that they're going to check your mom's B12 level:).So glad you're reading up on it too!When I read how they're giving B12 to senior citizens in nursing homes it just seemed logical for your mom to be getting B12 too!Oh I do hope they find her level to be low...that way you'd at least know something was physically wrong and that a lot if not all of the damage can be reversed.Let's Hope!Oh RainbowsEnd will be delighted too to hear this news.Good work Linda!!!!

Oh mygosh...I was thinking too how anti-convulsants And anti-biotics also lower B12 levels.....your poor mom....those drugs probably lowered her B12 levels...

Hey Linda when I was just "borderline deficient I was a mess.I was shaking and cold 24/7.....I felt like I didn't know who I was a living nightmare!That's why RainbowsEnd and I really are adamant about people who have lowB12 symptoms getting it checked out...and checked out the correct way.If your mom's levels are under 400...she needs B12 shots(the normal range in US labs is usually 200-1100)mine was 222 when I had a flood of neurological symptoms....basically I was afraid of my own shadow....seriously!Hopefully if her level is under 400 the drs. will do the other tests that go along with it.;)

Hope you have a good evening....I'll be thinking about your mom and hoping something will show up in her test.

Have a good evening~Scout:angel:
Hi there Linda....sorry about the folate,but I'd ask the dr. why they gave it to her before(she must have been low and needing it back then I would presume).

Usually the MCV will be elevated...your mom's is at the high-end...which could mean something.Her ferritin isn't that great either....ferritin is the better test for iron I've heard.At this point it is hard to say that anything is pointing to anything.RainbowsEnd will be sure to have something to add about this.

Those other tests they do for B12 are MMA(methylmalonic acid) which if elevated is a B12 deficiency.Also the Homocysteine test which if elevated points to B12 def. also.You can be elevated in one or the other or both...if those ar normal then there's no B12 def.

Usually the B12 has to be at the lower end to warrant testing for the MMA and homocys.

Did they check her other counts for potassium,magnesium,calcium,protein,etc.?Just wondering....there's so many important blood tests that canbe done...I sure hope the drs. looked at everything to rule out possibilities for anything that would cause your mom to be shaking/trembling so much.

I agree with Bethsheba though that giving your mom extra supplemenys might do some certainly can't hurt.

I am very interested to see if anything shows in her uninalysis...her white count is a little at the high end also,but I'm not familar with her history on her WBC from the past.

Also what meds is she currently taking?Any?None?Also did they do an EEG(brain wave test) for her?Iwould think they would if they did an MRI....that could tell how her brain is functioning.If they haven't did one yet then request that they's an easy test...youjust lie there and close your eyes while they have tiny little electrodes on your head(they attach them with water-soluble glue)then it gives a print out of the brains electrical's painless...easy as a lie detector test...sometimes when there's something going on in the body it will show in the brain wave patterns....good idea to have it checked.

Okay well I know this is frustrating,but just keep advocating for your mom...there's many avenues to investigate...don't give up hope.....have a good night.


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