Firstly I'd like to say what a relief it is to have found this website. I have been going out of my mind with worry since my symptoms of B12 def started to become clinical and then after the immediate high of finally being diagnosed, I have crashed even lower as the treatment from my doc doesn't seem to be working, and I fact I feel worse daily now, and have real fears for my health.
My problems started about August 2012, when the fingers on my right hand began to feel numb and I started to feel unnaturally tired and lethargic all the time, even after 12 hrs sleep I felt the same. I also felt short-tempered, stressed, breathless, and generally off my game but put it down to hitting 40's, long commute, stressful busy job, smoking, blah, etc. By Xmas, my whole right arm then felt very sore, bruised, tender, the muscles ached, my fingers were crampy and stiff, and becoming number and I found it difficult to type (I work in IT). Around 2 mths later the same problem began in my left hand and arm. The only issue i could think of was a fall back in july 2012 when i had hurt my arm, although it was my right wrist that i had hurt, but I went to my doctor to check it out, who referred me onto neurology who assessed I had a trapped ulnar nerve in both elbows and recommended surgery.
The neurologist at the time thought it strange that it was in both arms and that my whole hand was numb and not just pinky and thumb. Anyway I waited for things to develop along that route and eventually went to hospital for a pre op exam in may, where they failed me due to high blood pressure, which had been normal the year prior.
I then woke up one day feeling totally numb from belly button down, can't hold my bladder, and my hands are now so bad I can't do anything - even this touch screen is hard.
My doc put me on lisinopril 5mg daily for that, I also have been taking venlafaxine for anxiety since 2003, without any adverse side effects that I am aware of. He also sent me to hospital for blood tests which came back showing I am b12 deficient, so I had 5 loading shots of b12 1 ampule every 2 days, about 3-4 weeks ago and no better, I'm getting worse each day, can't walk, no balance, keep falling over, bad bad brain fog, depressed,muscles aching so badly, no appetite, exhausted but becoming insomniac, I feel like I'm dying, is that normal?
Sorry getting foggy now , I wanted to post my blood results, could anyone advise if I do please. Thanks for being there xxx