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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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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?

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 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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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

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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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My age 26, I have vitamin B12 deficiency, can I take 1000 mcg vitamin B12 supplement?

My age 26, I have vitamin B12 deficiency, can I take 1000 mcg vitamin B12 supplement?

Are you vegan?: How do you know you have a deficiency? If your doctor diagnosed, what did the doctor recommend? Why aren't you following that recommendation? Don't overthink it. If you self-diagnosed, the dosage of 1000 mcg is extremely high and unnecessary. I am more concerned why someone your age has such a critical deficiency. Don't overdoes and waste your money. ...Read more

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How effective is the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency even when it has affected the nerves?

Maybe: It can cause permanent damage to nervous tissue if left untreated longer than 6 months.
Links:
1) http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/vitamin_b12_deficiency
2) http://www. Webmd. Com/food-recipes/guide/vitamin-b12-deficiency-symptoms-causes. ...Read more

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For a long term vitamin B12 deficiency, Which x Ray or test can detect nervous tissue damage.?

See details: First of all, one needs to actually have symptoms suggesting a neurologic issue to warrant any testing. If you do the EMG (electromyogram) is a good test for most peripheral nerve problems. ...Read more

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How effective is the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency even when it has already affected my nerves.?

How effective is the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency even when it has already affected my nerves.?

Absolute!: If has affected nerves and xaused neuropathy, it is absolutely essential I give 3mg im, and then put patient on 2500 mcg/day orally. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat vitamin B12 deficiency without taking suppliments, ie. Only through dietary changes?

Is it possible to treat vitamin B12 deficiency without taking suppliments, ie. Only through dietary changes?

Yes - See 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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I'm vitamin B12 deficiency. I'm getting injections. Also test came back with early pre menopause. Some symptoms are the same with B12 and menopause?

Yes: They have overlapping symptoms. Best to do now is to replace the b12 which is easily done. Once level is normal, you can take b12 def off the table and see what other symptoms remained. ...Read more

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I had 5 injections 1 a week for vitamin B12 deficiency. Now I wait till April 8th. How long before the symptoms get better. I'm also pre menopause.

Days: Most patients I've treated for true B12 deficiency felt dramatically better within days, even before anemia was completely corrected. ...Read more

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