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I'm having muscle spasm in right side of my body. I had severe B12 deficiency, being treated for past six months. Is there any relation or not?

I'm having muscle spasm in right side of my body. I had severe B12 deficiency, being treated for past six months. Is there any relation or not?

Muscle spasms: Possibly not related. However, severe low b 12 levels can cause spinal cord disorder (subacute combined degeneration) superimposed with nerves malfunctioning. The resultant weakness and postural problems can cause muscle spasms as a result. Check with your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more

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All of my muscles and joints shake tremble when moving them. I've had b12 deficiency for four years, just started injections. What can be done to improve?

All of my muscles and joints shake tremble when moving them. I've had b12 deficiency for four years, just started injections. What can be done to improve?

Muscle spasms: Depending on the duration of symptoms, you our may consider asking your physician for electro diagnostic studies (EMG test). This study may reveal underlying nerve damage leading to your symptoms. ...Read more

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Recently completed a 3 month injection course for B12 deficiency (108). I still get tired easily, leg muscles feel weak and achy. CBC values normal.?

Recently completed a 3 month injection course for B12 deficiency (108). I still get tired easily, leg muscles feel weak and achy. CBC values normal.?

More than B12: Look for some cause revealed by your history, your general physical exam, and your labs. Include some observations about your overall level of conditioning, and the possibility of peripheral neuropathy needs to be raised again. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, have headaches, numbness in extremities, and painless muscle twitching. Vit. B12 deficiency?

Recently diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, have headaches, numbness in extremities, and painless muscle twitching. Vit. B12 deficiency?

It's possible.: Your symptoms, esp. The extremity numbness, could be due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is absorbed primarily in the last portion of the small intestine, which is commonly affected by Crohn's. It is a simple blood test to check B12 levels. Since chronic deficiency can cause irreversible problems, you should get checked out immediately, and have B12 replacement if needed. Don't delay! ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

I have a vitamin B12 deficiency with leg cramps and anterior shin splint. Will it get cured forever or not. Will I be able to jog henceforth?

Probably: Leg cramping is due to venous disease (venous incompetence), heavy exercise, prolonged standing/working on legs, low potassium, calcium, magnesium. Vit B12 def can cause neurological symptoms like numbness/tingling, but has no bearing on cramping. Shin splint is muscle strain of anterior/posterior tibialis muscle from overuse. After rest/rehab you may resume jogging. ...Read more

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Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Do I have a vitamin B12 deficiency or MS? I'm 19, female with tingling, numbness in head/scalp, feet, legs, and hands. Muscle spasm? Anxiety maybe?

Most likely anxiety: Most likely anxiety but a good idea to get checked out by the physician and try to rule out some of those other possibilities ...Read more

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I keep getting muscle cramps/charlie-horses all over my body. Is it a deficiency of some kind?

I keep getting muscle cramps/charlie-horses all over my body. Is it a deficiency of some kind?

Possible: See your md for eval and blood work. Might be as simple as dehydration -- drink many liters of water a day. Might be calcium problem as well. Get tested. ...Read more

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I feel very weak. I cant do any excercise beacuse my of muscle cramps. I have vit deficiency of vit d, and low hb. I also have minor joint pain.

I feel very weak. I cant do any excercise beacuse my of muscle cramps. I have vit deficiency of vit d, and low hb. I also have minor joint pain.

Workup needed: You should ideally have comprehensive testing done by a good physician, to rule out parasites, celiac or gluten sensitivity, and test for micronutrient deficiencies. A free way to see if gluten may be the issue is go gluten free for several months and see what happens. You may also be magnesium and potassium deficient. ...Read more

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Just found out I have vitamin d and B12 deficiency. Is this y I've felt so bad, weak, and weird lately?

Just found out I have vitamin d and B12 deficiency. Is this y I've felt so bad, weak, and weird lately?

Maybe, ...: Or not. If your symptoms resolve, then it might be due to deficiency of nutrients. (although it can take a while for symptoms to go away with treatment of deficiencies) if you still have symptoms after replenishing your vitamin stores, keep looking for other causes. ...Read more

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29 yr male. Sr creatinine 0.9 last yr. Now 1.1.UrineAnalysis normal. Ultrasound fine. BUN12.No bp/diabetes. Had vitd&b12 deficiency (3mnths).Y this increase?

29 yr male. Sr creatinine 0.9 last yr. Now 1.1.UrineAnalysis normal. Ultrasound fine. BUN12.No bp/diabetes. Had vitd&b12 deficiency (3mnths).Y this increase?

Insignificant: This is normal lab variation. Repeat it and you're likely to see it fluctuate around 1.0 +/- 0.2. It reflects your state of hydration at the moment of the test and normal variation in the laboratory performing the test. Serum creatinine does not have the precision of an atomic clock! BTW both of your numbers reflect NORMAL glomerular filtration rate which is what creatinine approximates. ...Read more

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Help! Can B12 deficiency run in families?

Help! Can B12 deficiency run in families?

Possible: The B12 deficiency from lack of the cofactor for absorption from the stomach could "run in families". ...Read more

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Is light headedness connected with vit B12 deficiency?

Is light headedness connected with vit B12 deficiency?

Yes, but...: Vitamin B12 deficiency is surprisingly common and becomes more common as we age. It can cause dozens of different symptoms including lightheadedness, but there are many other possible causes of lightheadedness, so this deserves further evaluation. See www. Webmd. Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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Is neuronal demylenation due to B12 deficiency reversible?

Partly: Good question from a med student. Vegetarian's myelopathy is all-too-familiar and it regresses at least some. Here's one of the unlucky ones: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/17616346 forgive me, but I can't grant any moral high ground to someone who paralyzes himself. ...Read more

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Can you have a B12 deficiency and have 'normal' serum B12 levels?

Yes: Vitamin B 12 is used inside the cell and is the reason why measuring vitamins in the blood does not give you an answer that is practical. ...Read more

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I have a B12 low of 236 symptoms of B12 deficiency and a ferritin of 44. Could this be B12 deficiency?

I have a B12 low of 236 symptoms of B12 deficiency and a ferritin of 44. Could this be B12 deficiency?

B12: Your B12 is low. And ferritin is low. You require evaluation as to why for each, but particularly B12, and B12 injections. You may not absorb B12 well in your intestine. ...Read more

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Can having a B12 deficiency cause cancer?

Can having a B12 deficiency cause cancer?

No: Vit B12 deficiency does not cause cancer.
But one can have both cancer and vit B12 deficiency diganosis in the same time ...Read more

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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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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 causes tongue tingling for months besides a B12 deficiency?

What causes tongue tingling for months besides a B12 deficiency?

"burning tongue": The tingling tongue is similar to the common complaint of "burning tongue." this is an inflammatory condition of the tongue that is possibly caused by chemical irritants such as those in hot spices, or thermal irritation from food or drink that was at too high a temperature. Acid reflux can also cause chemical irritation of the tongue. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 deficiency bring around ocd?

Can a vitamin B12 deficiency bring around ocd?

Amazingly, yes: Hermesh et al published in 1988 about 20% of an ocd group having unusually low levels of b12. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/3176999
there was another report by sharma & biswas, 2012 - a cae of a middle-aged man with ocd, low serum b12, and a + family hx of B12 deficiency who responded to B12 replacement.
I would definitely get that level, as well as a methylmalonic acid level, checked. ...Read more

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Would a vitamin B12 deficiency affect my sleep?

Would a vitamin B12 deficiency affect my sleep?

Yes: If you have pernicious anemia with your vitamin B12 deficiency, you can have nervous system problems that can include incontinence and muscle spasms which can affect sleep. Treatment with intramuscular injections of vitamin B12 can help. If you have a mild deficiency but not pernicious anemia, it is less likely that sleep will be affected. ...Read more

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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

B 12 deficit: If a patient has been found deficient in vitamin B12 usually is due to poor absorption in the stomach because of lack of intrinsic factor. Then the replacement or treatment with B12 must be parenteral (intramuscular) or at least sublingual. ...Read more

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Can vegetarians develop a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Can vegetarians develop a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes: Vitamin B12 is essential to the blood and nervous systems. It is typically found in fish, shellfish, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Among vegetarians, strict vegans are most at risk for deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency is cured by the administration of vitamin b12. The issue is how to adminster the vitamin which requires an intact stomach with a functioning chemical called intrinsic factor and an functioning distal terminal ileum. If these aren't functioning (your clinician will review this with you) then the vitamin can be administered by monthly injections of B12 rather than by the oral. ...Read more

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Can B12 deficiency lead to anemia and memory loss?

Can B12 deficiency lead to anemia and memory loss?

Yes.: Pernicious anemia is the most common reason for unexpected B12 deficiency. Lack of B12 can cause both anemia and neurological damage. The latter includes numbness, gait problems, and dementia. The neurological findings can occur before there is any anemia, or vice versa. The anemia will reverse with treatment. The neurologic problems may not correct completely with B12 treatment. ...Read more

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Could the vitamine B12 deficiency cause sleep apnea?

Could the vitamine B12 deficiency cause sleep apnea?

No: B12 deficiency can cause megaloblastic anemia, sensory ataxia, sub-cortical dementia and neuropathy, but not cause obstructive, central or mixed sleep apnea. (at least not directly) Pulmonary hypertension can be exacerbated by severe anemia, but generally speaking B12 deficincy does not go undiagnosed long enough to produce significant anemia to contribute to this uncommon cause of OSA ...Read more

Dr. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more


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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

Occurs when there is a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Symptoms can ...Read more