hi, ive been having some health problems and recently began to suspect b12 deficiency, the reason being that i am 18, but until i was 16 i was a vegetarian. my symptoms are:
fluid retention/swelling under eyes
i had blood tests done about a month and a half ago because they thought it was a thyroid problem. the tests also included MCV (mean corpuscular volume), and RBC. i know they didnt test for b12 but i know that b12 deficiency causes low red blood cell count
and i also read on a website that MCV is important to diagnose low b12. my numbers are:
RBC : 5.03M/mcL (Range 4.40-5.90)
MCV : 91.2fL (Range 80.0-96.0)
my question basically is, should i stop worrying about b12 deficiency because these numbers are both normal? or should i still try to get a b12 test?
my doctor took an xray of my sinuses and gave me antibiotics for a sinus infection, they havent seemed to help. the biggest symptom is the damn swelling under my eyes.
it makes me look tired and old and thats just BS.
i recently went to an allergist and he gave me predisone and told me to wait until the antibiotics are over, then take that to see if it helps.
PS: ive also been having sexual health issues, but im pretty sure those are realted to my excessive porn useage which i have since stopped