I've been a vegetarian for 20 years. I ate mostly at home. My past live-in-partner for 14 years suffered from chronic fatigue and fibro and burning in her leg. She also struggled with memory problems, depression, and mood changes.
A few years after we moved in together, I suffered from on/off neuropathic problem with my left arm that put me in the hospital for 'heart check'. I also began to exhibit progressive memory problems that. It got to the point that every day I felt that the 'past never happened'. Since I am a writer and researcher (not in the health area obviously) I was nicked 'absent minded professor'.
I also struggled with balance problems while walking on/off and didn't like stairs. Then I began to get dizzy getting up and down, developed shortness of breath, and at times weird moods and suicidal thoughts even though my life was happy and I was living my dreams. Finally, I began to exhibit muscle weakness, which was odd since I lift weights and then BOOM I was hit with full on body neuropathy. I had it even in my mouth, but it was worst in hands and feet.
Ok, that is when I got scared and the tough man routine came to an end, I left the country to get tests abroad (MRI, Nerve Conduction, etc.) and nothing. Finally, I was put on heavy dosages of Lyrica, which wasn't very nice to my waist line, but it stopped the pain. Obviously, as my waist got bigger, so did my blood sugar numbers, so I was put on metformin and oh my god! did the neuropathy come back like an angry x.
I did some research and I found out that metformin can cause neuropathy, IF your B12 is low. I did some digging and found out that many of my symptoms could be caused by low B12. I asked my past live-in-partner to get her B12 checked. She did and it scored 75 pmo / 136 pg. I went in and started eating B12 sublinguals like candy for a few days (I think I was hitting 4000-6000 a day). My brother insisted that I get tested and stop taking sub. He is a chemist from Harvard and a Doc. I said fine. I stopped taking the sub.
I went to see the doc. I got the prescribtion and waited a week and half and got tested.
318 pmo / 430 pg
Was I wrong?
Is my B12 normal and I should look elsewhere for the cause of my problems?