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Doctor insights on: Vitamin B12 Deficiency And Autoimmune Disease

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Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

Is a vitamin B12 deficiency associated with Lyme disease?

No: There is no literature or study showing any correlation between Lyme disease a.nd B12 deficiency. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

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Who is at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency?

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 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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How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly?

How common is vitamin B12 deficiency in the elderly?

Quite common: Underlying malnutritions, medications, strophic gastritis &dietary preferences will play a role. Important to diagnose since it treatable easily. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes itching, what can I do?

Decisive treatment: Don't know if it's the cause of your itch, if you are B12 deficient, either from an ill-advised experiment with a vegetarian lifestyle without supplementation, or pernicious anemia or harboring a fish tapeworm, you had better start getting supplemented now and continuing or you are going to end up with brain damage. Forgive my frankness, and I hope your physician made this clear as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have high hemoglobin and also a vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is it possible for someone to have high hemoglobin and also a vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 Deficiency: There are several things that happen with a B12 deficiency including anemia, neuropathies, and non-soecific neurological affects such as fatigue, depression, irritability, and psychosis. You ask an excellent question. Through research, I could not find any whether the neurological symptoms could occur before the anemia. Clinically, patients are diagnosed with B12 deficiency through anemia first. ...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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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency cause infertility?

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 having vitamin B12 deficiency cause OCD symptoms?

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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Dose metformin cause a vitamin B12 deficiency? I am taking this.

Dose metformin cause a vitamin B12 deficiency? I am taking this.

Yes: Many medications can promote B12 deficiency. Metformin is one of them. Stomach acid-blockers are another.
Aim for serum B12 levels of at least 800. ...Read more

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Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is there any link between cholelithiasis and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Indirectly: While there is no known direct link between vitamin B12 deficiency and cholelithiasis, there is a significantly increased rate of gallstones in patients with pernicious anemia. Pernicious anemia is a condition in which red blood cells are decreased due to vitamin B12 deficiency. So, if ones B12 deficiency is severe enough to cause pernicious anemia, then the risk of gallstones is increased. ...Read more

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What doctor treats vitamin b12 deficiency?

What doctor treats vitamin b12 deficiency?

Any one: Any primary care doctor can treat B12 deficiency. It used to be treated with injections but now can often be managed with or or sublingual B12. Levels need to be monitored by the doctor so see one right away if you have this condition. ...Read more

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Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

Can a vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent nerve damage?

If not treated: B-12 deficiency can cause peripheral neuropathy, problems with spinal cord dysfnctn (poor vibration and position sensations), and cognitive problems to the brain. Much may be reversible, but without timely treatment, problems will be persistent.
1000 mcg injections per month should suffice. ...Read more

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Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Does vitamin B12 deficiency cause brain and nerve problems?

Yes: In the early 19th century, scientists noted weakness and numbness with B12 deficiency. Recently, B12 has been shown to upregulate neurotrophic factors (chemicals [cytokines] that help nerve cells grow) & downregulate neurotoxic factors (chemicals that break down nerve cells). In other words, B12 helps nerve cells grow and prevents their destruction by naturally occurring brain chemicals. ...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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Can I drink green tea having diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Can I drink green tea having diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes: But by all means continue what is likely to be lifetime treatment for B12 deficiency. If you have pernicious anemia, monthly injections will safe your health and life. If you are a vegetarian, please learn how to supplement to protect your health. If you have B12 deficiency from some other cause, it's likely to be a lifetime management issue. You deserve to enjoy your tea. Stay pro-active. ...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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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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Problem concerning vitamin B12 deficiency. They won't give me shot without lab proof?

Problem concerning vitamin B12 deficiency. They won't give me shot without lab proof?

Why?: I give B12 shots without measuring levels. There can never be too much vitamin B12 for the body. I don't agree with the decision to measure your levels. After all, the 5 hour energy drink is loaded with B12 and no one measures their levles before drinking it. ...Read more

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Is there any test or scan to find out permanent nerve damage occurring due to vitamin B12 deficiency?

Is there any test or scan to find out permanent nerve damage occurring due to vitamin B12 deficiency?

Yes: Usually in a young person with adequate replacemnt therapy (for life) the problems resolve. Somatosensory evoked potentials for cord involvemnt, ncv for periperal nerve involvment, cognitive testing and blood tests (cbc and b12) are available if problems persist beyond 1 year. Be sure to keep your serum B12 level above 350 or preferably above 450 if you've suffered neurological injury. ...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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I read that vitamin B12 deficiency can cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated for months. Is it true.?

Yes: Besides for anemia maybe 12 deficiency can cause neurologic problems. This would be very unusual in somebody your age but this is something you need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can vitamin B12 deficiency or a congenital B12 absorption problem cause my 10 year old to still be wetting his pants?

Can vitamin B12 deficiency or a congenital B12 absorption problem cause my 10 year old to still be wetting his pants?

Rarely: Vitamin b12 deficiency would cause bed wetting problem due to bladder incontinence, hopefully repleting its stores in the body would reverse neurologic problems associated with the deficiency ...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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I was suffering from severe vitamin B12 deficiency until discovered recently. It left me with very weak body. How do I start gaining weight?

I was suffering from severe vitamin B12 deficiency until discovered recently. It left me with very weak body. How do I start gaining weight?

Do not worry: B-12 deficiency can be reversed as the levels rise in your body. Your weakness could well be due to the effect on the peripheral nerves, and as things stabilize, you will regain strength. Perhaps get both a dietician and personal trainer involved. Presume you are getting regular injections, but might add the medical food metanx to stabilize a bit faster. ...Read more

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Have vitamin B12 deficiency, and was told to start taking daily high dose oral supplements (injections not practical). So many options! What's best?

Try sublingual tabs: Try the sublingual tablets, then get your levels tested in 3-6 months. Place the tablet beneath your tongue/allow it to dissolve. Can be taken with /without food. Heavy alcohol intake can decrease the effectiveness of this medication. Talk with you doctor if you are drink alcohol on a regular basis. B12 also available in tablet / nasal forms. B12 found in meat, fish, liver cheeses/milk. Take car. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

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