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Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

In short - YES: Hair loss / thinning due to vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be treated by taking oral b-complex vitamins. However, there are instances where you may need injections of vitamin B12 (usually given monthly). It depends on the reason you have developed the vitamin deficiency. Is it because of a vegetarian diet? Or is it due to some intestinal malabsorption problem? Best to check with your doctor ...Read more

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Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Doe vitamin B12 deficiency (due to tropical sprue) can cause hair loss at hairline??? And is this type of hair loss is reversible???

Hairloss: Since the growth of hair requires several things including nutrition, vitamins and hormones, having tropical sprue would definitely cause your body to be stressed thus possibly lead to some hair loss. This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium. Usually will resolve when the underlying problem is taken care of. ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is.
Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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Been sick four years. Collapsed twenty times. Staph infection, loss of hair, low cortisol. Vitamin B12 deficiency, food allergies. Feel cold, very?

Been sick four years. Collapsed twenty times. Staph infection, loss of hair, low cortisol. Vitamin B12 deficiency, food allergies. Feel cold, very?

See an: infectious disease doctor. Vitamin B12 deficiency is easy to treat. Use sublingual B 12 tabs, not the kind you swallow. If you know what foods you are sensitive to avoid them. Many health issues today are lifestyle related. You can manage a lot of this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a past head injury mask symptoms of B12 deficiency? Could it lead docs in the wrong direction causing misdiagnosis

Can a past head injury mask symptoms of B12 deficiency? Could it lead docs in the wrong direction causing misdiagnosis

Can you clarify?: B12 deficiency can cause all sorts of neurological symptoms including problems with memory and focus; and so can a head injury. But severe B12 deficiency will also cause many other problems not associated with head trauma, including things like anemia or peripheral nerve issues. ...Read more

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I am suffering from malabsorption (iron, vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency). Bcoz of it I had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

I am suffering from malabsorption (iron, vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency). Bcoz of it I had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

May be: Is your hair loss due to malabsorption or due to hereditary reasons? If it is due to nutritional deficiencies, there may be some reversal on correcting the deficiencies. However loss due to hereditary factors will not reverse. ...Read more

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I had ulcerative colitis but also had inflammation in duodenum. It causes deficiency of vitamin b12, d, iron and hair loss. What could be reason for it??

I had ulcerative colitis but also had inflammation in duodenum. It causes deficiency of vitamin b12, d, iron and hair loss. What could be reason for it??

Vitamin: colitis can cause degrees of malabsorption if that's the case you can be vitamin deficient this could cause B12 Folic Acid and other vitamin deficiencies which might contribute to your hair loss or other medical problems seek medical care with your internist or gastroenterologist good luck ...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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Excessive zinc intake 5 or so months ago for 2-3 weeks (100mg+/day), then I discontinued. Now zinc deficiency symptoms are appearing (hair loss), why?

Excessive zinc intake 5 or so months ago for 2-3 weeks (100mg+/day), then I discontinued. Now zinc deficiency symptoms are appearing (hair loss), why?

Forgive my frankness: I appreciate your interest in health, which first prompted you to oversupplement (this will upset your gut and risk copper deficiency). Don't self-diagnose zinc deficiency now just because you're losing hair now. You may have telogen effluvium, be losing your temple hair like all newly-adult men do, or something else. Most "pop" nutrition is junk; why not talk with a real dietician? ...Read more

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Is hair loss a symptom of folic acid deficiency?

Is hair loss a symptom of folic acid deficiency?

Hair loss: Hair loss may occur in those with dietary disorders, iron deficiency, hypothyroidism, low estrogen states. I am not aware of Folic Acid as an individual cause. ...Read more

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Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Can a B12 deficiency cause loss of smell and taste?

Doubtful: Your question is very concerning. You're a diabetic, you state you are sad, and you're just reported loss of smell and taste. These need to be worked up. Is it you antidepressant medication? This is infamous. Do you have nasal polyps? Easy to fix. If you are also B12 deficient, this is extremely serious and needs to be worked up and addressed. But it's probably not the cause. ...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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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

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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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What are the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vit B 12 Deficiency: Lack of Vit B 12 can lead to Hypocobalaminemia. This can cause a slow degration of the spinal cord & brain. Problems may include: swollen tongue, anemia, sense of numbness & tingling in extremities, weakness, fatigue, problems walking, jaundice, depression, irritability, memory decline, cognitive dulling & eventually mania &/or psychosis. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of celiac disease and vitimin B12 deficiency alike?

Not really but: Celiac disease causes malabsorption and can cause vit deficiency and that will produce symptoms and signs of the vit B12 deficiency in untreated patients.
These are two different conditions with different cause and there is nothing in common as celiac disease can cause in some cases vit B12 deficiency if not treated with gluten free diet.
B12 deficiency causes anemia and neurological disorders. ...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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What are signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

What are signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 deficiency: Mental confusion, headaches, impulsivity, paranoia, pins & needles in extremeties, balance problems. ...Read more

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Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Why does vitamin B12 deficiency cause neurological symptoms?

Required by nerves: This co-factor is needed by the nerves to stay healthy. Each nerve cell has a self repair system that relies on a variety of nutrients in our diet to provide the needed material to keep the walls intact and the cell working. Lack of B12 eventually causes that repair system to start breaking down and nerve cells malfunction or degenerate, leading to neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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Are the neurological symptoms from vitamin B12 deficiency reversible?

Not Always: The progression of neurologic complications is generally gradual. They are not always reversible with treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, especially if they have been present for a long time. ...Read more

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Could a burning sensation in the mouth be a symptom of B12 deficiency?

Could a burning sensation in the mouth be a symptom of B12 deficiency?

Yes: B12 deficiency can cause a myriad of problems including cognitive issues, balance issues, and peripheral nerve problems. The tongue can be directly affected in several ways, and burning in the tongue and/or mouth is occasionally experienced. ...Read more

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Can just taking a multivitamin reduce the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Can just taking a multivitamin reduce the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

It depends...: This depends on the cause of the deficiency. If it's due to a lack of B12 in your diet (b12 is primarily found in animal-derived foods) then taking a multivit. With B12 will help. However, many cases of B12 deficiency are caused by difficulty absorbing it, a condition called pernicious anemia. In that case, oral B12 won't help & you need injections &/or sublingual b12, ideally as methylcobalamin. ...Read more

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I've had symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency for years, does it mean that ill have permanent nerve damage?

I've had symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency for years, does it mean that ill have permanent nerve damage?

Correct diagnosis?: B12 deficiency can cause spinal cord (subacute combined degeneration) or peripheral nerve problems, but usually is treatable with B12 injections. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a vitamin B12 deficiency if your serum level is 250 p/mol? Have every symptom plus high MCV and mch

As a matter of fact yes: I cannot go into the complex details, but I had two young patient's years ago, both of whom had elevated blood levels of vitamin B12. But both of them also had evidence of thiamin deficiency that would result in deficiency of energy. I concluded that vitamin B12 was collecting in the blood and not being used in metabolism. Try a supplement of thiamin and see whether the vitamin B12 levels come down. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psychosis? And I read somewhere that nerve damage due to vit B12 deficiency can cause psychosis. Is it true.?

What are the symptoms of psychosis? And I read somewhere that nerve damage due to vit B12 deficiency can cause psychosis. Is it true.?

Causes: Vit b 12 deficiency manifests as neurological sx. Also included have been manifestations of psychosis. Psychosis refers to a cluster of symptoms associated with loss on contact with reality. ...Read more

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How similar are symptoms of B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism? I have B12 deficiency still having problems now dr is testing my thyroid.

How similar are symptoms of B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism? I have B12 deficiency still having problems now dr is testing my thyroid.

B12/thyroid: They are different but may share some symptoms. Both have more than 1 cause for dysfunction, both can be due to autoimmune disease, hashimoto's thyroiditis and pernicious anemia. Antibodies cause problems for each condition. B12 def can give numbness in feet and legs, later causing dementia if untreated. Hypothyroidism has many symptoms: fatigue, depression, poor reflexes, skin changes, etc. ...Read more

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Can marijuana worsen symptoms of nerve damage from B12 deficiency if so can it be reversed so I can smoke again? Don't tell me its bad for me etc..

Don't know of...: Any data on effects of weed on neuro effects of B12 deficiency. Neuro effects of B12 deficiency often (not always) reversible (at least somewhat, if not totally), with appropriate rx. ...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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What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Links:: 1) http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/vitamin_b12_deficiency
2) http://www. Doctoroz. Com/videos/end-your-energy-crisis-vitamin-b12
3) http://chriskresser. Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences
3) http://www. Webmd. Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

What are symptoms a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause?

Energy Loss +: Loss of energy in addition to others that you can read on this link:
1) http://www. Webmd. Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes
2)http://chriskresser. Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences. ...Read more

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Can having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

Not at all likely: Almost no chance of a direct link, but... We do know that: 1) the b vitamins are important to nervous system functioning. 2) B12 can make a noticeable difference in how good one feels. 3) deficiencies are (by definition) good to correct. So, do try to improve your diet and even supplement nutrients that are hard to get enough of. See a professional for ocd treatment too. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

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