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?b12 deficency advice

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  • Posted By: vixster31
  • February 6, 2008
  • 05:06 PM

Hi all, Im a 23 yr old female and I am at my wits end. Looking for advice really...here goes.

Went to doctors Aug 2007 due to feeling tired all the time and having lost quite a bit of weight (10st 3lbs now 8st 7lbs) without any attempts to. Didnt feel unwell just tired but put this down to work as i work 12 hour shifts and was moving house at the time as well. Anyways he ran some blood tests- B12 was 200 and folate 1.3. He indicated that it could be a deficency and asked about family history diet etc.. I eat a normal diet but am not keen on veg but i could live off eating meat. (My mum who is no longer here did have anaemia but think it was iron). Anyways I was commenced on B12 injections 5-6 over 2 weeks and folic acid 5mg daily. Initially didnt feel any better but weeks later i did although could still sleep loads esp on days off.

Went back to docs after 6 weeks Oct 2007(as requested) to have levels checked B12 560 and folate 19.0. Doctor said to gradually reduce folic acid and come back before xmas to see what levels were doing then. Went back in Dec started to feel really tired again!! B12 440 and folate 17 ( i think). Doctor was really happy with this and stated that all was fine. Come back in march and we will have a better picture he states!!!

To cut a long story short I havent made it till March. Got to January felt really lousy, just have no energy, feel down some days, breathless, palpatations, really bad headaches most days. Had to phone in sick at work- still off now. Went back to doctors, had bloods rechecked and he now states that my b12 levels are up to 489!! States that we all feel like this sometimes, signed me off work and told me to return in two weeks. By this point I was not happy with the treatment I was recieving so changed Gp.

Had my first appointment with new GP last thurs and told him everything. He hasnt got my notes at present so has done the all the bood tests again!! Ive to go back tom and I am dreading it so bad!! How can I be feeling like this if my levels are normal??? Begining to think I am going crazy!!!

Are my levels not normal because I had the loading doses? Is it normal to start treatment then stop??? Is my B12 deficency now cured?? anyways any advice appreciated!


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