Vitamin B12 Deficiency Could Affect Your Fibromyalgia

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Could Affect Your Fibromyalgia

Through the Fog
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
4. Forgetfulness
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!

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts ?

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8 comments

    • Robin Dix says:

      Julie, I loved my rheumatologist that I had in Boston. But the functional medicine doctor I have now is hands down the best I’ve had. Her goal is to get to the root of the issues I have and use food and natural supplements as much as possible while also using regular meds as necessary. Does that answer your question?

  1. Susan says:

    Hi,
    I live in Boston. Is your Functional Medicine Dr in Ma ?
    Could I please have their name.
    I need a to see one in the worst way.
    Thanks,
    Susan

  2. Karen says:

    I am a 70 year old vegan with fibro. I have been having more memory problems & pain in my legs & feet. I take several prescription meds & supplements. I ask my rheumy dr to have my vitamin D & B levels tested. She does not think that is my problem but agreed to order the test. I live in a small community so not aware of functional medicine dr. Does medicare pay for this kind of dr?

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