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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

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


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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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I'm vitamin B12 deficiency. I am not anemic I ask the doctor. What does that mean. What sort of B12 deficiency do I have then. All blood test Back fine?

I'm vitamin B12 deficiency. I am not anemic I ask the doctor. What does that mean. What sort of B12 deficiency do I have then. All blood test Back fine?

Error or masking: Two possibilities come to mind. One is you're not really B12 deficient. The lab erred or doc erred in interpretation. The other possibility is that you are B12 def., but take folic acid supplement. Folic acid will correct the anemia of B12 deficiency but—AND THIS IS IMPORTANT—not prevent ongoing neurological damage due to B12 deficiency. Discuss with your doc or get 2nd opinion from hematologist. ...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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Does vitamin B12 Deficiency have another name. My doctor said my blood test came back with this. Is there different names if the condition is worse?

Does vitamin B12 Deficiency have another name. My doctor said my blood test came back with this. Is there different names if the condition is worse?

Pernicious anemia: Vit B12 deficiency is often called pernicious amemia, as anemia is one of the many symptoms. B12 deficiency is surprisingly common.
See https://chriskresser. Com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences ...Read more

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What causes a vitamin B12 deficiency?

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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How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

How can I cure vitamin B12 deficiency?

B12 supplements: It is important to figure out why you are B12 deficient. This will also help to determine what treatment is most appropriate. For many, taking B12 supplements by mouth in high enough dose can overcome absorption problems (1000mcg/day). For others, B12 injections are needed, either short-term or lifelong. ...Read more

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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 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 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 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 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 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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What is the definition or description of: vitamin B12 deficiency?

LACK OF ABSORPTION: 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 methyl B12 by injection. ...Read more

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If 35 yr women having vitamin B12 deficiency how we can treat it?

Depends: Many have B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia. This leads to a decrease in the body's ability to absorb B12 through the GI tract. B12 injections are the best initial treatment. Some patients with pernicious anemia are able to keep their B12 levels up with oral supplements. However, if levels are already low, i'd recommend starting B12 injections and testing for pernicious anemia. ...Read more

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Could I have a vitamin B12 deficiency even if I take B12 every day?

Yes: If in pill form you may not be able to absorb it (often the case) that's why we have sublingual and intramuscular forms. ...Read more

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I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Can they give me a shot every month now?

Absolutely: B12 in the form of methyl cobalamin is necessary for numerous biochemical pathways. It can prevent psychoses, nerve tissue degeneration and megaloblastic anemia. Methyl B12 can be given safely at doses up to 3mg intramuscularly and can be given weekly in those patients who cannot absorb it through the GI tract. There are no known side-effects of having to much. ...Read more

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My age 26, I have vitamin B12 deficiency, I was adviced to take methycobal tablets, are they fine?

My age 26, I have vitamin B12 deficiency, I was adviced to take methycobal tablets, are they fine?

Reason for low B12?: Age 26 to have B12 deficiency? Have you investigated the reason? That, to me, is just as important a question to ask as the treatment. Do you have celiac disease, crohn's, severe gastritis, gastric ulcer disease? Methylcobal is fine. I'm an injector biased type of doc but very potent oral forms are said to be equivalent. Http://www. Methylcobalamininfo. Com/methylcobalamin-vs-cyanocobalamin/. ...Read more

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What foods has vitamin b12.If its to big a question what site should I go to look it all up. I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. I'm getting injections?

Injection best way: Vitamin B12 is present in animal proteins, including dairy. However, people deficient in B12 usually have problems absorbing B12, even when their dietary intake is normal. Injection bypasses the intestine and provides a sure way of getting enough B12 in the body. It is an essential vitamin, so stay with injections. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with vitamin B12 Deficiency. I'm now getting injections 1 every week for 5 weeks then 1 every 3 months. Its for life to?

Yes: This is for keeps unless it turns out you have one of the rare causes of reversible malabsorption. Be thankful. In the Bad Old Days, B12 deficiency guaranteed a slow, miserable, suffocating death from anemia, with only the brain damage perhaps making it more bearable. I cannot overemphasize the seriousness of complying with your injections, and how glad I am this was caught early. ...Read more

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I'm vitamin B12 deficiency. I get injections will have my 5th one tomorrow. Then wait 3 months. My reading was 160.What good is 1ml. If your deficiency.

Consult doctor: You B12 reading is lower than desired, It should be above 250. 1.0 mL contains enough B12 to last normal person for three months, but since your level is low before the injection, discuss with your doctor if you should take the injection monthly rather than every three months. ...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 vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

Can vitamin B12 deficiency cause migraines?

B12: B12 deficiency is associated with neuropathies and non-specific neurological symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, depression, and psychosis. It is not associated with migraine headaches, per se. ...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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Will a vitamin B12 deficiency lead to low hemoglobin?

Will a vitamin B12 deficiency lead to low hemoglobin?

Yes: It will lead to a macrocytic (large blood cell) hypochromic (low hemoglobin) type of anemia. ...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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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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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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I had vitamin B12 deficiency. The levels are fone now 450pg/ml. I eat 1500 mcg/day. How long can I continue?

No harm in taking: You may keep taking it. It will not do any harm. If cost is a consideration, you may take it every other day to twice a week. ...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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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 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 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?

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?

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

Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more