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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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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 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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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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What is the treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency?

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 arent 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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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

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