In a recent visit to my doctor, one of the tests she ordered was a blood test to determine my vitamin B12 level. It was low, which means my body wasn’t able to process it from the foods I was eating. I now take liquid B12 and that seems to be helping with my energy and mental clarity issues. Not all B12 is created equal, so be sure you speak to your doctor and get one that is pharmaceutical grade. (You can find B12 on Amazon.)
According to an article in Pharmacy Times: “Because B12 must follow a complex pathway of several steps for proper absorption and assimilation, there are numerous causes of deficiency. These include malabsorption syndromes, autoimmune disease, diet, drugs, chemotherapy, radiation, eating disorders, Helicobacter pylori, gastrointestinal surgeries, nitrous oxide, hepatic disease, and genetic defects. Other groups at risk include vegans, vegetarians, alcoholics, and individuals with Crohn’s disease, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, celiac disease, gastric bypass, and AIDS.”
A book that also might prove helpful to you is Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Chronic Illness by Mike Newman
Some symptoms of B12 deficiency include, but are not limited to:
1. Dizziness (including vertigo)
2. Pins and needles
3. Pale complexion
5. Unexplained fatigue
6. Vision issues
7. Muscle weakness
8. Iron deficiency
9. Anxiety or depression
10. Unexplained aches and pains
11. Burning and soreness in the back of the tongue
12. Heart palpitations
13. Intermittent constipation or diarrhea
14. Difficulty with coordination and balance
Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, it may be something you should discuss with your medical provider if you’re concerned about it. Vegetarians and vegans are particularly susceptible because they eliminate B12-containing foods such as meat and eggs from their diet.
As you can see, a lack of vitamin B12 can wreak havoc in your body and make your FM symptoms worse. If you think you may have low vitamin B12 levels, be sure to ask your doctor to order a blood test to check your vitamin levels. I’m so thankful that my functional medicine doctor ordered more tests than my previous primary care doctor did. I’m finally getting some clearer answers and a positive direction to move in. I’ve not had vertigo since taking it, and my mental clarity is improving.
Knowledge is a powerful thing!
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