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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.

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

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What does B12 deficiency cause?

What does B12 deficiency cause?

B12: Makes red blood cells to carry oxygen in body. Lowb12 can lead to anemia, your body does not have enough red blood cells. This can make you weak ; tired. Low B12 can cause damage to your nerves and can impact memory and thinking. ...Read more

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How do I improve my B12 deficiency?

How do I improve my B12 deficiency?

Monthly B12: injections. Tablets can also supplement daily. But the source of your deficient level should be discussed with your internist. ...Read more

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B12 deficiency cause pts become aggrasive?

B12 deficiency cause pts become aggrasive?

May be: Vit B12 plays important role in normal functioning of brain and nervous system. Deficiency is known to cause cognitive impairment and behavior disturbances in elderly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have B12 deficiency is this bad?

What to do if I have B12 deficiency is this bad?

Pernicious Anemia: Vitamin B12 is crucial for the formation of red blood cells, as well as the good functioning and health of nerve tissue. A definciency in this vitamin can lead to anemia and the associated symptoms of fatigue, aches, malaise, etc. It is often treatable with replacement of the vit b-12 and laboratory monitoring. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to expect if my current state of B12 deficiency persists?

What to expect if my current state of B12 deficiency persists?

B12 injections: B 12 deficiency can be easily treated with injections of b12. Once a month is more than enough, less frequent may be adequate, but at least twice a year. If you get treatment, you should not have issues from B12 deficiency, though the reason for why you have deficiency should also be addressed. ...Read more

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Should strenuos exercise be avoided if one has B12 deficiency?

Not necessarily: First of all, its not too difficult to up your B12 even if you are a vegan, you can take it sublingually. Second, i think the bigger problem is the paresthesias, and pain. Those will inhibit exercise more than the B12 deficiency. ...Read more

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What to do if I have B12 deficiency, this is not that bad is it?

Pernicious anemia: Vitamin B12 is crucial for the formation of red blood cells, as well as the good functioning and health of nerve tissue. A definciency in this vitamin can lead to anemia and the associated symptoms of fatigue, aches, malaise, etc. It is often treatable with replacement of the vit b-12 and laboratory monitoring. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Could hemochromatosis cause B12 deficiency?

Possibly indirectly: The principle treatment for iron overload due to hereditary hemochromatosis is phlebotomy--removing blood/red blood cells. Other important nutrients such as B12 and folic acid are also removed. Many hematologists recommend supplementing vitamins B12, B6 & folic acid to help support the blood when a patient is receiving regular phlebotomy. A daily multivitamin/mineral is a good place to start. ...Read more

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Why might ldh be elevated in B12 deficiency?

RBC breakdown: Ldh enzyme (subtype 4h) is very abundant in red blood cells and heart muscle. In vit B12 deficiency there is high destruction of red cells in the bone marrow and in the blood vessels. As rbcs ruptures they release their inner content into the blood stream and this causing elevation of ldh levels in the bloodstream. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency?

B12 Deficiency: B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, with symptoms of fatigue, tiredness and exercise related shortness of breath. Neurological symptoms include numbness, parasthesias (tingling of hand and feet), decreased reflexes, ataxia (difficulty walking). Psychiatric symptoms include dementia, personality changes, psychosis, and impaired memory. ...Read more

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B12 deficiency. I take cobalamin. Should I be taking Methylcobalam instead?

B12 deficiency. I take cobalamin. Should I be taking Methylcobalam instead?

Methylcobalamin best: You must be taking cyanocobalamin (most common) or hydroxocobalamin. These are both effective but methylcobalamin has some significant advantages and is the optimal form to take if possible. See http://centraldrugsrx.com/doctorblog/comments/brief-comparison-of-the-three-formulations-of-vitamin-b12 and http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/b12-deficiency.html for more information. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy from a B12 deficiency be reversed?

Can neuropathy from a B12 deficiency be reversed?

Depends: This depends on the severity and length of time you have had the deficiency. If it was caught and corrected very early, then yes, it should improve. The longer you have the deficiency and the more damage done, the less likely it will improve. Nerves grow extremely slow and the repair can occur over such a long time you barely notice it happening. I how this answer helps! ...Read more

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What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Multiple causese: There are several causes: low stomach acid, pernicious anemia, poor consumption of foods containing B12 and a genetic predisposition that requires more B12 like mthfr gene defect. ...Read more

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How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 supplements: It is important to figure out why you are B12 deficient. This will also help to determine what treatment is most appropriate. For many, taking B12 supplements by mouth in high enough dose can overcome absorption problems (1000mcg/day). For others, B12 injections are needed, either short-term or lifelong. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many: The classic B12 deficient people are severe alcoholics and vegan type vegetarians. Obviously, the reason for the deficiency is different in the two groups. Vegans simply don't eat enough B12 containing foods. Alcoholics are a bit more complicated than that. ...Read more

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What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Anemia is main: There are many symptoms of B12 deficiency. The most prominent is a type of anemia where your red blood cells are decreased in number, increased in size, and decreased in color. Since they are not normal, they do not carry oxygen like they're supposed to. As B12 deficiency worsens, the anemia gets worse and you get weaker and sicker. You also have trouble with thinking and brain function, etc.. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 for red cells: Many people are B12 deficient. It's an important nutrient in red blood cell and nerve development. Symptoms of deficiency include: weakness, fast heart beat, pale skin, easy bruising, tingling or numbness in fingers and toes, difficulty walking, depression, memory loss and dementia. A significant factor in causes of this deficiency is the use of acid-reducing drugs for gerd. ...Read more

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