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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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Is an orthopedic the right doctor to consult for vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 deficiency ? I face neuropsychiatric symptoms coz of B12 deficiency too.

Is an orthopedic the right doctor to consult for vitamin B12 and vitamin D3 deficiency ? I face neuropsychiatric symptoms coz of B12 deficiency too.

No: There is not much consulting to do re: d3deficiency- the problem should be readily corrected by taking appropriate amounts of d3 (5-10, 000 iu/day)- see http://bit.Ly/1gnxnk0 b12 is a bit more complex-unless you're vegetarian this means you probably have trouble absorbing b12. A gastroenterologist, hematologist, neurologist or general internist likely knows much more about this than an orthopedist. ...Read more

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B12 is 264.8nmol/l normal between 141-698..do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

B12 is 264.8nmol/l  normal between 141-698..do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

As you noted...: your B12 level is NORMAL, and as such does not require undue concern or supplementation. Why was it checked in the first place in an otherwise healthy 21 year old male? ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 100mcg of vit B12 and 400 mcg of folic acid daily? My doc said i'm deficient. What would cause a deficiency in these?

Is it safe to take 100mcg of vit B12 and 400 mcg of folic acid daily? My doc said i'm deficient. What would cause a deficiency in these?

Several causes: Vegans are vulnerable to deficiencies in these vitamins because they eat no animal source foods. These deficiencies may show up in alcoholism too. Also, elderly people and those with genetic polymorphisms can absorb these vitamins poorly. Eating foods rich in B12 & folate (folic acid) (such as legumes & leafy greens) can help. Taking vit B12 and Folic Acid as your doctor suggests, is safe. ...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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What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

What is a recommended diet for someone with hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism, pernicious anemia, and a vitamin d2 deficiency?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit) nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...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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My vitamin d and B12 deficiency is causing me neuropsychiatric symptoms.Which doctor should I consult ? B12=76 and d =10

My vitamin d and B12 deficiency is causing me neuropsychiatric symptoms.Which doctor should I consult ? B12=76 and d =10

Internist/GI doc: That is a very low B12 level. You should get injections of the methylcobalamin (or hydroxycobalamin) form of B12 as soon as possible. You should take 10, 000 iu of d3/day for at least 3 months and have levels rechecked- aim for 50-80. An internist or GI specialist should assess why you are having a hard time absorbing b12- see http://bit.Ly/1607tg3 ; http://bit.Ly/1cbhjvn. ...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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Could taking a B complex vitamin daily scew the results of an MMA test to test for B12 deficiency?

Could taking a B complex vitamin daily scew the results of an MMA test to test for B12 deficiency?

Yes.: Your MMA should be normal if you are taking a B complex vitamin that contains B12 and you do not have pernicious anemia. I can't think of a good reason to check your MMA if your B12 level is normal. ...Read more

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Fatigue affecting life for 3 months. Can a vitamin D level of 20 cause fatigue and depression? If so, can supplementing it with 2,000 IU daily help?

Fatigue affecting life for 3 months. Can a vitamin D level of 20 cause fatigue and depression? If so, can supplementing it with 2,000 IU daily help?

Vitamin D3: Fatigue and depression can be related to low vitamin D3. At a level of 20, 2K IUs sounds low. Please check w/your doc but many people use 5K daily. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 level is 150, I am on 1 tablet a day for it 1mg of B12 vitamin. Is this efficient enough? I'm so tired.

Vitamin B12 level is 150, I am on 1 tablet a day for it 1mg of B12 vitamin. Is this efficient enough? I'm so tired.

See below: Unless you are a strict vegetarian, B12 deficiency suggests problem with absorption of food stuffs and that can explain other symptoms as well. If you have poor absorption of food, you will need injection of B12 and may need additional treatment for malabsorption. You may wish to consult a gastro-enterologist. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm. ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin B12 supplements with double-dose PPIs for reflux? Worried about the Vit B12 deficiency that might be caused with long-term PPI use.

Can I take vitamin B12 supplements with double-dose PPIs for reflux? Worried about the Vit B12 deficiency that might be caused with long-term PPI use.

Sure: You need gastric acid for pepsin to play its role in protecting and then uncoating vitamin B12. Keep having your levels followed. Oral supplements may work despite this mechanism simply by having so much of the stuff around. And talk with your physician from time to time about whether long-term PPI use is still indicated. Glad you're reading up and best wishes. ...Read more

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My blood test confirmed my B12 level was low at 178, is that just a deficiency or considered pernicious anemia? I also have iron deficiency anemia.

My blood test confirmed my B12 level was low at 178, is that just a deficiency or considered pernicious anemia? I also have iron deficiency anemia.

Please do what: your doc asks you to do. Your B 12 is low. Sublingual tablets of B 12 that melt under the tongue are much better than swallowing B 12 because that has to go through the GI tract and you absorb much less. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have hyperparathyroidism due to vitamin d2 deficiency, is it due to my obesity BMI 42, I also have low testosterone, and but B12 deficiency ?

I have hyperparathyroidism due to vitamin d2 deficiency, is it due to my obesity BMI 42, I also have low testosterone, and but B12 deficiency
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Low D & testosterone: Both are common in men who are obese. Vitamin d is needed for calcium absorption in the gut. If this is impaired, the body makes PTH to get calcium from the bone. Fat cells also convert testosterone to estrogen leading to low t. Honestly not sure of B12 connection. ...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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