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My neurologist explained that B12 deficiency works on your nerves more than iron deficiency anemia does. B12 is necessary for brain function, if you don't have it you've got problems. I would demand that my physician give me B12 shots if I were you. If he won't, then find one who will or take them yourself.
As for the nerves problem, B12 deficiency can literally cause something called megoblastic psychosis, I think that is correct, that is a mental illness caused by the deficiency. My neuro said anything under 600 was too low for someone with my symptoms. I am so convinced that B12 changed me I have applied for full time jobs and told Soc Sec Disability that I won't be needing it any longer. Please convince whoever you have to that these symptoms are not in your head and it's not necessarily depression. I was told that too. Took Zoloft for years till it made me fat and sicker. Finally I was told I was not depressed but defiecient.
[QUOTE=irisheyes39;3840557]My neurologist explained that B12 deficiency works on your nerves more than iron deficiency anemia does. B12 is necessary for brain function, if you don't have it you've got problems. I would demand that my physician give me B12 shots if I were you. If he won't, then find one who will or take them yourself.
As for the nerves problem, B12 deficiency can literally cause something called megoblastic psychosis, I think that is correct, that is a mental illness caused by the deficiency. My neuro said anything under 600 was too low for someone with my symptoms. I am so convinced that B12 changed me I have applied for full time jobs and told Soc Sec Disability that I won't be needing it any longer. Please convince whoever you have to that these symptoms are not in your head and it's not necessarily depression. I was told that too. Took Zoloft for years till it made me fat and sicker. Finally I was told I was not depressed but defiecient.[/QUOTE]
Charli - you mentioned in an earlier post that you were diagnosed as hyperthyroid? With your eye issues, are you sure you might not have or be at the start of Graves? Usually the people who have Graves have more of a tendancy to have the eye issues.

I'm hypothyroid and have Hashimoto's. Before medicating me, my doctor double checked that i didn't have Graves too, as some people are unfortunate to have both Hashimoto's and Graves. Talk about bad luck!!

No matter what thyroid problem you have, most of us share a lot of similarities, such as the low ferretin, low vitamin D, gluten intolerance, lower B12 and also either low/high iodine levels.

It's normal to feel depressed or down when you are having more than likely multiple health issues or being low when it comes to certain vitamins/minerals. Also if your T4 for your thyroid is lower than it ought to be, that alone can bring on depression and antidepressant meds wont be of any value.

The other thing to look into is adrenal fatigue. I used to think it was only my ferretin i had to worry about, but once it began rising and i was still tired, i found out later that i had adrenal fatigue and my adrenals were not making sufficient of the hormone Cortisol. Some people's adrenals make too much Cortisol and this is bad too.

I was speaking to a doctor at my local medical centre and he said people with underactive thyroid have a tendancy for higher cholesterol, while those who are overactive have more of a tendancy for high blood pressure.

At the end of the day there aren't distinct symptoms for one particular illness and as you likely are aware, so many illnesses share similar symptoms. With your ferretin, i believe waiting one year to get restest is WAYYYYYY too long. My previous doctor was testing me every 3 months. My new thyroid doctor retests my ferretin every 6 weeks when he retests my full thyroid panel as he's still tweaking my thyroid meds.

With the B12 it's better to be at the higher end of the scale. My dad was only 21 off of rock bottom and his gp told him he was fine. I ended up buying some sublingual B12 tablets for him to take each day. A lot of doctors don't care and you are just a number to them. This is why boards like this are terrific and you can learn so much from other people's experiences.

All the best and hope you feel better soon :)
Hi all,first of i would like to thank you all for your reply's,they have been most helpful. I went to see my own doctor on friday(the one before was a locum,a useless one at that) she is lovely,she explained that she will be giving me a retest in a few weeks and that all my other tests were fine. She also said that she was not alarmed by any of my symptoms as they are all indicating towards having low ferriton. Having had it herslf was also very helpful. I told her how worried i was by the depression and crazy mad feeling and she put my mind at reat and reassured me that is was down to my levels,phew,lol. I think the most annoying thing about this is that yeasterday i really was feeling like i was getting better and today im rock bottom again :confused: How ever she did state that he will be a few months before i start to feel better. I will keep you all posted.Take care all and thank you for helping me make sense of it all. x x





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