Looking for advice from others.
My story is as follows:
I am a long term vegetarian and now vegan - (over 30 years). For all of that time I didn't supplement with B12 and as a result have a B12 deficiency (no surprise there!).
About 6 months ago my toes (more on my right foot than left) began to go numb. I also started to get numbness in my fingers. This is on top of other more obvious symptoms of B12 deficiency.
So, I started to to take a sublingual B12 supplement which helped a little but not enough. 6 weeks ago I started to self inject. Almost immediately after this I began to get pain in my right foot, in the toes but especially under the ball of the foot. It is a burning pain and also feels inflamed. I also get an ache in the top of my second toe which is the toe most affected.
My third toe has also started to fall away from the second leaving a big gap between the two.
I have to do a lot of walking around in my job and some days it is fine and others not so good. Driving long distances (more than 30 mins) aggrevates it as well.
My questions are:
Has anyone else experienced this getting worse before it gets better syndrome?
Has anyone else managed this without resorting to medication (I really prefer to deal with the problem naturally).
Any other experiences or advice very welcome....
Many thanks in advance.