Returning from a 5weeks trip overseas last year I have been seeing my Dr for b12 deficiency. I have always felt tired and exhausted. On my trip I needed to come home and have a nap during the day. On return to the country I went to my GP and explained my fatigue and general felling of “low” energy.
I am 23 and have had low iron in the past but am on iron tablet to help maintain my stores. I eat meat, so should get plenty of b12 and iron. I requested my Dr to check B12 levels, the results came back as well below the limits where I should be.
I was given weekly b12 injection for a month while I had other testing done.
My homocystine levels were good.
I was negative for pernicious anemia.
Folate levels fine.
Kidney function good – slight low urea levels.
Liver function good.
I was then referred to a gastro where I was sent for gastroscopy and colonoscopy and biopsies of my gut where I should be absorbing my b12.
All my tests were negative, nothing wrong with my gut lining, and nothing abnormal in my GI tract. During this time I am having b12 shots every 3 months and blood tests every 6month to check my b12 level.
My Dr decided to keep going with the 3monthly injection and 6 monthly blood test. I am a bit concerned and am wanting to find the root cause. In one year I have had a total of 9 injections. I find this to be a bit extreme. If I am continually going to need injections 4 times a year I want to know why and possible be able to give myself the injection instead of having to go to the dr.