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Old 01-12-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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am i b12 deficient?

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
swollen/scalloped tongue

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

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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Re: am i b12 deficient?

I'm definitely not an expert on medicine of any kind. BUT, I do know that lack of sleep, irregular sleep, stress, anxiety can and do cause baggy eyes. Many people have been cured simply by altering their diet and lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle. I'd look at my sleep pattern first and get away from the constant obsession with sex. I'm old as dirt now but when I was young I had a lot of difficulty because of frequent sexual stimulation which is normal when young and full of testosterone. One good thing about getting old has been that I'm not constantly sniffing out females. I've had my share of problems caused by sex the latest of which is peyronie's disease. Thankfully, mine is rather mild compared to many men afflicted with it. Believe me, you can injure your penis by too aggressive masturbation. I've had something like varicose veins on my pecker due to masturbation injuries. Lots of guys have these sorts of things happen but are too embarrassed to talk about them. Supplements most likely can help with your problems but before you start eating a hand full of pills you should read all you can about your symptoms and how different supplements work and how they can affect you. Too much of a good thing can be worse than none at all. Good exposure to sunshine, moderate exercise, and good clean living and social experiences will do wonders for you. Everyone of us is wired differently and what works for one person may not work for another. As far as antibiotics go they won't help you if you don't in fact have an infection and one of the side effects of antibiotics is that they upset the normal flora of good digestive bacteria in your gut. You need the bacteria for all kinds of digestion and biosynthesis. As for prednisone, it can cause weight gain and have negative effects. Myself, unless I had a condition that needed immediate attention I would skip the prednisone until I had tried alternatives.
Sounds to me like you should be working on the fatigue issue and for sure, do not be using recreational drugs at all! Frankly, I'd say a good camping trip might do you some serious good. I know people who have been cured of many ailments just by moving out of the city. IMO, you're doing the right thing by looking into the vitamin & supplements forum for answers. I'd also keep a detailed diary of symptoms, blood pressure, and general mood every day and be very conscious of the tendency to think something is wrong with you when you may be in very good health. You're still growing and changing and this is going to cause many changes in your mood and appearance.

Old 01-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Re: am i b12 deficient?

As for the swollen tongue symptom.... do a yahoo or google search for swollen tongue. I came up with pernicious anemia... which does in fact correspond to being vegetarian and having a B12 deficiency. I'd bet a nice juicy steak would do you good as well as some delicious seafood.

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