Hi all, I'd like to introduce myself.
Yesterday, I had another B12 shot at the GP's office. I knew it was overdue, because the pins and needles are in overdrive and the tiny virtiligo-like spots (does anyone else have those?) are appearing on my arms again. Somehow, those symptoms seem more reliable and tangible than the never ending fatigue and sad feelings. I'm still in doubt when those flare up. Is it b12? Is it a very different illness? Is it my flawed personality? Or is it my imagination?
I'm a 31-year old female in Belgium. I'm not able to work full time or do my full share of housework. My husband is the one who cooks, because after a day of work, I'm too exhausted.
My GP tested me for B12 deficiency for the first time a few years ago. He gave me a couple of shots and that was it. It wasn't enough (surprise!) and at this point, I have a monthly appointment at his office for shots. When I read your stories, I feel lucky to be both diagnosed and treated. Still, I feel it's not enough. I'm exhausted, all the time, so either the B12-deficiency is not the (full) cause or a monthly shot is simply not enough.
Most of the time, I feel I can cope. Sometimes, I'm beyond pissed that I can't live my life my peers seem to do. You know, have a real career. Go out in the weekends and stay up past 10pm. I know, I have a daughter, I parttime job and I study to get another degree, that is quite something. Still.
Yesterday, I asked my GP how he felt about self-injecting. He was very sceptical. He also seems to feel a monthly dose is already more than my condition warrants, so more shots are not very likely. I wonder if it would be a good idea to supplement the shots with those melting tablets? If I should push the doctors to dig deeper and find out what's causing this? Another big concern is that we're hoping to have another baby, but I might open a different topic on that altogether ;-).
Thanks for reading this, I needed to get it off my system!