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Old 09-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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b12 defiency and swallowing

i just got told i need to start getting b12 shots weekly.
2 questions. does b12 defiency cause you to have problems swallowing?
and also my dr didnt tell me the reason i'm so low in b12 what are some known causes for b12 to be low any ideas? about 10 years ago i had a lupus flare it's been in remission.could lupus be the cause of it?

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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Re: b12 defiency and swallowing

Yes, definitely connective tissue disorders such as lupus, sjorgrens, scleroderma, RA, etc. can cause problems swallowing. Also these are usually autoimmune diseases and autoimmune diseases create autoantibodies. There are several types of specific autoantibodies that can create a B12 deficiency, some of the most common are parietal cell antibodies and intrinsic factor antibodies. These can be present in something called pernicious anemia. Likely your autoimmune disease is connected to your B12 deficiency. That is good that you will be getting weekly shots. Your doctor should probably do some tests to determine if you have an active lupus flare, or what exactly is going on. 10 years is a long time for lupus to go into remission, they should check to make sure your organs are still functioning optimally as sometimes lupus can silently attack certain organs such as your kidneys.

 
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Re: b12 defiency and swallowing

B12 deficiency can cause some weird neurological symptoms, so the swallowing may be related. You will know once your B12 levels start coming up, if the swallowing gradually improves. Many people with lupus have B12 deficiencies. It is a very important vitamin. Once your labs show the deficiency is cleared up, you can probably cut back on the injections to every 2 weeks, or once a month. It should be monitored to make sure it is staying normal.

 
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Re: b12 defiency and swallowing

I have the same sometimes...I feel like I can't breath and swallow at the same time sometimes....

 
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