I went to my doctor 2.5 years ago complaining of weakness and fatigue. My thyroid was fine and my B12 was normal but low at 282 (range 211-911). I was advised to take a B12 supplement, which I did...for a while. The stress of daily life took over and I forgot about the B12, thinking it was nothing since it was still within the normal range. But the past 6-8 months I've become so debilitated with fatigue, weakness, nausea, headaches, and lot of other things that I just went to the doctor. That's when I remembered the low B12. The doctor is checking my thyroid and B12 again, and then will go from there. My question is twofold:
1. Is it possible for such strong symptoms to be present if my B12 is 282?
2. Is it possible that my B12 levels may have decreased since then and that's what's causing the symptoms?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
One more thing...has anyone expreienced weight gain rather than weight loss? I've put on 20 pounds (127 to 147) in 2.5 years and my diet/excercise routine has not changed, except it's probably become healthier because I've notice the weight gain. Also, I'm only 28 y/o and female.
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[removed] I would recommend Vit.B12 supplementation even if your B12 is on the low end of the normal range. [removed] Yes, some of the symptoms you have described CAN BE present with a low-end normal range number.
My question for the M.D. would be, why? Is there something going on to deplete your B12? Are you a STRICT Vegan? Are you a post op gastric bypass patient? Do you have digestive issues? DO you have other medical issues depleting your B12 levels?
In my opinion, IM injections are the way to go until you get your B12 levels higher.
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I know just how tired you must be feeling. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, the initial warning being that I had almost no B12 and undetectable folate levels so they did a blood test for coeliac, has your dr looked into this? I was told by my gp that the only other reasons you would be low is if I was a vegetarian (I'm not) or I drank alcohol to excess (i dont at all). I was given b12 injections evey 6 weeks as he said the supplements didn't have enough in them to do a lot. I had a 12 month old baby and i was so tired that during the day I would have to put him in his cot even if he wasn't tired and I would fall asleep on the floor next to his cot for an hour whilst he played in there. I didn't want to say anything to the dr's as I presumed they would just tell me that I was a new mother and it was 'normal'. The first year of his birth was a blur i think because of the vitamin deficiencies and coeliac and I wish I could go and re-live it full of energy. I hope you find some answers.