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help for b-12 deficiency

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  • Posted By: llpowledge
  • July 23, 2008
  • 05:17 PM

I'm a 40 year old woman. I was diagnosed with anemia that was treated with iron supplements. I've had tingling in my face, mouth,tongue and hands for over a year and a half.
I"m irritable and have trouble concentrating. I'm often depressed.
I've had plenty of neurological exams including MRI. and CT. I even had a heart monitor, EEG and EKG. All have come back normal.
I even started going to an acupuncturist who diagnosed the problem as "low blood levels".
In my research, I've found all these symptoms to be low levels of b-12 that could have been occurring over many years.
I believe that. Though, I've always been thin, I've never eaten right.
Anyway, for over a month I've been taking sub-lingual b-12 supplements. They recommend 1000-2000 mg. if low I'm taking 1500.m
AS of today my symptoms have not improved, if anything the facial tingling/numbness is worse.
I thought I had this figured out. But I should be feeling better and I'm really not.
Do I need to give it more time or have I damaged nerves that I can't repair?:confused:

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  • Have you been to metabolic specialist or neurologist? sounds like you may have problems in those areas.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the response.Yes as my post stated. I've been to a neurologist and have had an inter office exam, MRI, CT scan etc. He went over all my results showed my the images and asked me if I was a "worrier"***k thinks I'm making this up.Thanks for the post though
    llpowledge 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are there any other symptoms. Worries me. Has doctor checked TMJ?Tingling if did not include face I would suggest one thing but since includes hands what did he MRI. Could be slipped discs and pinched nerves.The depression and such may be situational because of your problems and nobody believes you. I have been so through that for years. One of my doctors called my husband and told him I was a hypochondriac. Turkey. I wished he was still in practice so I could thumb nose. It ended up being a rare metabolic disorder. Funny I had your symptoms after a miscarriage -- that was how one session started up again. Good luck.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • My wife has a B-12 deficiency which was diagnosed as pernicious anemia. You must get tested specifically for this. Also, B-12 pills do not work, she must have bi monthly injections. Hope this helps!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Numbness, tingling, irritability, depression and B12 deficiency are all associated with Celiac disease. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
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