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    Old 05-26-2008, 07:49 AM   #46
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    Re: New to Anemia/Low b12

    I have both B12 and Iron Defieciency and both together make you MISERABLE. Short of breath, can't lose weight, brain fog, feeling like you are always half asleep. Since you are a guy they might not test you for Ferritin unless you ask for it or unless your HGB is really low. Doesn't look like you have a problem there. THere is a great article, I posted the name of the Doc on this thread about the prevalence of B12 deficiency and how it is mostly ignored till the patient is showing major symptoms. My doc told me that anything below 500 is not good, B12 can actually make you have serious neurological symptoms at the levels you have. But the good thing is it should get much better with the shots. I felt different the first day I took one.

     
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    Old 05-26-2008, 08:40 AM   #47
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    Re: New to Anemia/Low b12

    FLFlowergirl..........For the last several years I have had a total loss of energy. I need to take a nap everyday etc. I am a very active 67 year old and this napping interferes with my lifestyle. Also I just cant seem to lose any weight. I am 5'10 and 230 pounds. I feel like a slug even though I don't eat much more then my wife. MY doctor tested my testostorone and found that the level was very low. He put me on an injection 1/month. This alleviated the symptoms slightly but really has not helped much

    Recently I was told that my B12 was low. The range on the blood test said 200-1100. My B12 was 180 which is just slightly off the low end. Is it that bad??

    After doing some research, I think this defeciancy was caused by the fact that I have been taking Prilosec for a mild form of gastritis for about 3 years now and these meds interfere with absorbtion I am told.

    They have perscribed B12 injections. One/week for a month and then 1/month after that. I think the dose is 1 ml for each injection.

    On the blood test they did not test Feritin...
    WBC white blood cells??) 4.77 (4 to 11)
    RBC 4.72 (4.4 to 5.9)
    HGB (?) 16 (13.4 to 17.5)
    If these are my blood cell count, I am in normal range right?

    Other things I noticed on the lab report that were out of range. I have no idea what these things are.
    PLT 117 (140 - 400)
    MCV 100.8 (82 - 98)
    MCH 33.9 (27 - 33)
    ALK PHO 43 (50 - 136)

    Will the B12 give me some energy?
    Thanks

     
    Old 05-26-2008, 08:42 AM   #48
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    Do the shots hurt?? I saw somebody here saying they hurt a lot. I hate needles!!!!!

     
    Old 05-26-2008, 09:21 AM   #49
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    I dont think they hurt at all. I had to take interferon shots for the MS I have for 2 years and they hurt much worse. I had the iron shot last Friday and it didn't hurt much either. The B12 is quick and in the arm and didn't even get sore. That is my experience.

     
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