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Old 01-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Smile B12 deficiency - ? permanent effects

Hi all! Stumbled onto this site quite by accident but it caught my attention. I had an incident this summer where I wound up being transported to the ER; my 11-year-old son had to call 9-1-1 as I was driving en route to the hospital when everything from the neck "shut down" so to speak - peripheral neuropathy is the correct terminology. The ER doc diagnosed a severe anxiety attack and said the symptoms I experienced in the truck were caused from hyperventilating (if anything I was practicing controlled breathing so I wouldn't freak my kids out). I was given an Rx for Ativan and sent on my way to follow up with my doc three days later. When I met with him, he stated I demonstrated classic panic disorder symptoms and prescribed Paxil. I trusted his judgment; I had no idea what was going on with me but that something was not right. I took one dose of the Paxil and had such a severe paranoia reaction that I refused to take it again at which point my doc stated I needed a shrink (I fired him immediately after 10 yrs of care). I met with a friend a few days later, a retired cardiologist, and we discussed everything that had happened. It was during this discussion that a question of gastric bypass complications arose. I had gastric bypass 11 years ago, so along ago I didn't think twice about complications. But when I got home I searched the web for "long term complications of gastric bypass" and lo and behold the first thing to pop up was B12 deficiency. I went to that link and a list of about 30 symptoms popped up. My symptoms that I had been experiencing were on that list, as well as many more that I related to the stress of being a mother, a full time nursing student, etc. I had neglected my multivitamins and my B12 oral supplement. When my B12 level had been drawn in March I was told it was within the normal range; turns out it was on the low end of normal and I have no margin to play with. By June my level had crashed was my suspicion. I immediately doubled up from 500 mcg to 2000 mcg a day and within a few days most of my symptoms had resolved. My new doctor is monitoring me. I just had a blood draw yesterday and we will review the results on Friday. I've been taking a daily Centrum Performance multivitamin, and take a B12 every 2 or 3 days, along with an iron supplement.

My question, however, is what are some of the permanent damages that could remain from the B12 being so dangerously low? Since the June incident I have remained with a form of anxiety, some major, most minor. I take Ativan PRN, which I will plan to discuss with my physician. I hate to think this may be a part of the rest of my life.

What concerns me are that a number of physicians so easily prescribe meds for panic/anxiety disorders without looking at the entire picture. How many of these patients have their levels out of whack? Anyway, thanks for letting me write. I don't really have anyone I can share this with who might understand what I'm going through.

 
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