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If B12 deficiency causes confusion,depression,loss of balance,tingling etc. from NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

If B12 deficiency causes confusion,depression,loss of balance,tingling etc. from NERVE DAMAGE, can the NERVE DAMAGE be repaired with shots/supplement?

Sometimes not always: Often many of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated by replacing the vitamin. Shots may be needed for large doses. If the deficiency is very long-lasting, some of the damage can be irreversible. This usually counts for cases that are a year or older for example. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I have severe vitamt B12 deficiency since the past 1 year.I recently found out.I face depression.Are my nervous tissues damaged permanently ?

Many people have: B 12 deficiency and do just fine when they supplement w/b 12. Please use the sublingual type, melts under the tongue. You will retain a lot more that way than by swallowing capsules. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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They said that nerves which damaged from Vitamin B12 deficiency couldn't be cured, is this means that if Anxiety or Depression from VB12 is Permanent?

They said that nerves which damaged from Vitamin B12 deficiency couldn't be cured, is this means that if Anxiety or Depression from VB12 is Permanent?

Not necessarily: It's hard to find reliable information on this subject but I believe the nerve damage that's hard to heal is more the peripheral nerves than brain tissue. To treat neurological symptoms from B12 deficiency get the B12 level to at least 800 but also take a full B complex with the L-5MTHF form of folate (folic acid) & consider Fish Oil, Bacopa, Ashwagandha, American Ginseng, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and lipoic acid. ...Read more

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22 m.Severe vit d and B12 deficiency.A psychiatrist said I have clinical depression too and put me on escitalopram.Should i wait til vit levels rise ?

22 m.Severe vit d and B12 deficiency.A psychiatrist said I have clinical depression too and put me on escitalopram.Should i wait til vit levels rise ?

Doctor advise : Please consult with your psychiatrist - if your doctor advised you to take the medication for clinical depression then please discuss with him/her. While vitamin deficiencies , anemia , thyroid problems are possible causative factors for depression , and treatment often could be to treat the underlying medical cause - there is a possibility of co morbid mood disorders that would need treatment. ...Read more

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I read that vitamin B12 deficiency can cause nerve damage .and nerve damage can cause psychosis and depression.Is it true ?

I read that vitamin B12 deficiency can cause nerve damage .and nerve damage can cause psychosis and depression.Is it true ?

Yes: That's why vegetarianism is so dangerous if you do not know EXACTLY what you are doing. There are also other causes of B12 deficiency and not just pernicious anemia from stomach disease. However, this is not a common cause of depression in young people who do not have physical weakness / numbness. There are a host of other physical causes; a skilled psychiatrist will pick these up. ...Read more

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After 1 month on Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety and depression I found I have Vitamin B12 Deficiency (blood test), can this solved by supplements or its permenant?

After 1 month on Zoloft (sertraline) 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 more

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Does CBC rule out vit B12 & D deficiency? I have fatigue depression anxiety weakness do u think I shall check them?

Does CBC rule out vit B12 & D deficiency? I have fatigue depression anxiety weakness do u think I shall check them?

Get checked: Vitamin D deficiency is very common, ironically due largely to people's ideas about "healthy lifestyles" (no sun, limited diet). B12 deficiency is worth checking everyone for every few years. CBC doesn't vitamin D deficeincy at all, B12 deficiency relatively late. ...Read more

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Any tips on B12 deficiency?

Any tips on B12 deficiency?

Usually caused: By a problem with a stomach cofactor for absorption, so you cannot overcome the problem with oral supplements. Im shots work fine and will correct the blood problems. Can also lead to neurologic issues so treatment is important. ...Read more

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How to know what is B12 deficiency?

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

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

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


Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more