Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Been looking for some help with my circulatory problems. (Icy cold feet & hands, pins & needles, walking on gravel feelings, knee falling asleep.)And of course, the POTS & Orthostatic Intolerance. Saw a Medical Mystery special about Pernicious Anemia which set of bells in my head, and something keeps nudging me towards the subject of B-12 deficiency.

This checklist blew me away:

I swear I've been tested for Vitamin B-12 deficiency I'm a vegetarian of 10 years; but can't I remember the results...

Decided to supplement anyhow (ridiculously hard getting anything done through my county health psuedo-insurance)and found a place that gives shots for $20, but was still having trouble affording it, so asked my private Dr. if he could give me an Rx (I was planning on asking, and he mentioned it when we were discussing my neurological symptoms) and bless him, he did, so I got 10 vials for the price of 1 shot. (My mother is a retired medical assistant, so she can administer them.)

Wish me luck...

Symptoms Cut & pasted in case of trouble w/the link:

Common/early symptoms

Shortness of breath – ‘the sighs’

Extreme fatigue

Brain fog
– poor concentration
– short-term memory loss
– confusion (‘handbag in the fridge syndrome’)
– nominal aphasia (forgetting names of objects)

Clumsiness/lack of coordination

Brittle, flaky nails; dry skin anywhere on body

Mood swings, ‘tear jags’, heightened emotions

Neurological symptoms
– dizzy/faint
– ‘shoulder bumps’ – frequently bumping into or falling against walls
– general unsteadiness, especially when showering and dressing
– inability to stand up with eyes closed or in the dark

Numbness/tingling – especially in hands, arms, legs, feet

Tinnitus – nerve damage in the brain

Less common symptoms

Irritability/frustration/impatience; desire for isolation, quiet and peace; aversion
to bright lights and crowded spaces

Unaccountable and sudden diarrhoea often reported following a spell of

Sleep disturbance
– even though patient is exhausted, is unable to sleep
– waking up still tired, even after many hours sleep

Hair loss – can range from moderate to severe; premature greying of hair

Poor digestion

Burning legs and feet – Grierson-Gopalan Syndrome

Neuropathic pain/fibromyalgia – often on only one side of the body

Vertigo – inability to cope with heights, linked to the need for a visual reference as compensation for damage to the brain’s balance mechanism

Hypo- or hyper-thyroidism – almost exclusively among females


Rosacea – a reddening of the skin around the nose and cheeks

Arrhythmia – irregular, fast or slow heartbeat

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Coeliac disease – sensitivity to wheat and/or wheat products

Myasthenia Gravis – weak muscles leading to problems swallowing, chewing and
opening eye(s)

Vitiligo – white patches