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B12 Deficiency After Pregnancy
My wife was also given vitamin B12 shots for B12 deficiency (169pg/ml) during her 7th week of pregnancy. Any comments on the course of treatment.
Treat aggressively: Low B12 in early pregnancy significantly increases risk of neural tube defects, a serious birth defect. If this was my patient i'd give injections of methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin) 1000 mcg every day until levels come up ; test to make sure your baby was not already affected. See http://www.Webmd.Com/baby/news/20090302/birth-defects-linked-to-low-vitamin-b12 ; http://bit.Ly/jxwxd2. ...Read more
B12 deficiency can be due to a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Since B12 is primarily found in animal products (e.g., dairy, egg, meat, etc.) vegetarians are more at risk. A deficiency is suspected when rbcs increase in size (e.g., high MCV and/or MCH in cbc) and can cause megaloblastic anemia. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy. It is best corrected with ...Read more
Can you pass out the day after donating plasma if you have a B12 deficiency? With a hematocrit of 42
Yes: You can pass out from other causes such as a vagal-vaso response, but if you are not anemic, which a B12 deficiency can cause, it would be an unlikely cause for passing out. ...Read more
How long do the cognitive and neurological symptoms of B12 deficiency take to heal after correction?
Depends on: Your age, how long you've had low B12 and how low it got. I usually try to keep the level above 450 for the first year and above 350 thereafter. In older people we tend to see incomplete recovery. Balance if impaired with eyes closed should start to improve with 6-9 months of therapy. Cognitive slowing can improve sooner. Some people report improved thinking within a week. ...Read more
In2012, my platelates was going down to 85000 in period of six month.On test vit B12 deficiency found.After 1 year again platelet come to 98000 ?
Lpw PLT anf Vit B12: When low platelet (plt) is though to be from vb12 levels, other abnormalities caused by low B12 levels should be looked for. Uncommon to see low platelets as the sole presentation of B12 deficiency. If this was due to B12 deficiency, platelets should have normalized long time ago. Your internist or hematologist can determine the cause of your low platelets, some of which should be cognizant of. ...Read more
Have foot drop from B12 deficiency (had a gastrectomy), onset 2 weeks ago, was 0/5 now after 1 wk 1-2/5. How much mobility can I expect to get back?
36 year girl suffered with B12 deficiency. After
treatment the B12 is high i.E.2000. But tingling and numbness in foots/?Why?
Neuropathy: B12 helps with the tingling and numbness in the foot, commonly refered to as neuropathy. A low dose of B12 can help with this condition, whereas a high dose will actually have a reverse effect on the nerves and make them worse. See your doctor for alternative rx mediations to help with these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After 1 month on Zoloft for anxiety and depression I found I have Vitamin B12 Deficiency (blood test), can this solved by supplements or its permenant?
Your body doesn't: make vitamin B12 so you need to get it from animal-based foods or supplements. It is something vegans/vegetarians need to be especially mindful of. Conditions which impair absorption also contribute: atrophic gastritis (thinned stomach lining), lack of intrinsic factor (pernicious anemia), GI surgery, small intestinal disease, heavy drinking,etc. Most often, supplements needed lifelong. Stay well! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was diagnosed with a B12 deficiency 5 years ago had a level in the low 200 and neuro symptoms. I was given one shot and 30 days of pills and i still have a lot of symptoms.I was retested in the 500's. What should I do?
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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