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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

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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. Bennett Machanic
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How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis or vitamin deficiency?

How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis or vitamin deficiency?

See your doctor: When evaluating for ms, your doctor will check for b-12 and vitamin d deficiencies, and these may all co-exist. The diagnosis is further ruled in or out by MRI films and even spinal fluid analysis. Raise these concerns with your neurologist and pursue the diagnoses. ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Explanation: Vitamin D deficiency increases risk for MS, but does NOT cause the disorder. If one does have MS, and suffers relapses, steroids can help reverse downturn. But low vitamin D can increase risk for relapses, new MRI lesions, and progressive disability. Suggest your concerns be discussed at length with a neurologist, and if you do have MS, you are advised to start a specific MS medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Becky Parks
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If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

Misinformed: 1. People with ms do not have immune deficiency. Rather, their immune systems are over-active. Ms is felt to be an autoimmune disease. 2. Thyroid diseases, including goiter, are common among women; there may be a slight increase among persons with ms but this is debatable. 3. Goiter is not a symptom of nor is caused by immune deficiency. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency?

See below: Weakness and fatigue Light-headedness and dizziness Palpitations and rapid heartbeat Shortness of breath A sore tongue that has a red, beefy appearance Nausea or poor appetite Weight loss Diarrhea Yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet dementia memory loss depression muscle weakness irritability ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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Dr. Bettina Herbert
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I just found out I have B12 deficiency. My B12 level was 169. Can someone tell me exactly what this means and what else it can cause. ?

I just found out I have B12 deficiency. My B12 level was 169. Can someone tell me exactly what this means and what else it can cause. ?

Try sublingual B12: Agree with dr. Patel's answer. Band, for those who cannot take B12 injections, new studies have shown that a sublingual (under the tongue) dissolving B12 tablet raises B12 levels as well as injections. Both bypass the digestive tract and go straight to the blood stream. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Olsen
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Dx 10/29 with B12 deficiency level was 169. Have had 5 shots since. Want to know if this makes me more susceptible to other illnesses? Get sick a lot.

Almost right!: Does B12 deficiency increase susceptibility to other illness? Your B12 deficiency is not a disease, it is the result of a disease process, e.g., inflammatory bowel disease or.Autoimmune disease. The first can make you feel ill, the latter may increase risk of infectious, endocrine, rheumatic and other diseases, finding the cause of the low B12 important (!) to inform your question. ...Read more

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What are B12 deficiency?

What are B12 deficiency?

Low vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency is a low blood level of vitamin b12. It can cause permanent damage to nerves if left untreated long enough. Vitamin B12 was discovered through investigation of pernicious anemia, which is an autoimmune disease that leads to inadequate intestinal absorption of B12 from foods. Symptoms may include anemia and paresthesias (from nerve damage). ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...Read more


Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


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