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what does vitamin b12 deficiency mean

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
Correct diagnosis?: B12 deficiency can cause spinal cord (subacute combined degeneration) or peripheral nerve problems , but usually is treatable with B12 injections.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
The nerves that: are being referred to are neurons, physical structures that communicate throughout the body and need vitamin B 12 and other nutrients. The nerves you ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Zaroulis
55 years experience Hematology
No : There is no link between vitamin b12 deficiency & iron deficiency anemias. Only take iron therapy if proven iron deficient by laboratory testing.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
Error or masking: Two possibilities come to mind. One is you're not really B12 deficient. The lab erred or doc erred in interpretation. The other possibility is that yo ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: In the early 19th century, scientists noted weakness and numbness with B12 deficiency. Recently, B12 has been shown to upregulate neurotrophic factor ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Required by nerves: This co-factor is needed by the nerves to stay healthy. Each nerve cell has a self repair system that relies on a variety of nutrients in our diet to ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Blood level of B12: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Not a symptom of def: Cold feet and hands by itself is not a symptom of vit B12 deficiency.
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It is infamous for this. And the damage can be permanent. The individual perineal nerve is less likely to be involved than a stocking-glove distributi ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Hirsch
8 years experience Integrative Medicine
Multiple causese: There are several causes: low stomach acid, pernicious anemia, poor consumption of foods containing B12 and a genetic predisposition that requires mor ... Read More
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