Hi, I've been hanging out on the Thyroid forum but now venturing over here as I am concerned about my B12 levels (amongst other things).
Over the last 3/4 years (when I hit my 40's), I gradually started to lose energy (physically and mentally). I know that stress may have been to answer for a lot of it but about 12 months ago I very suddenly went downhill. Within the space of a few weeks I went from walking 2/3 miles daily and swimming 3+ times a week, to barely being able to make it up the stairs.
I also became very very anxious, shaky, withdrawn and started experiencing insomnia. Dizzy spells, problems with balance, very forgetful etc.
I went to my GP, he wanted to send me home with antidepressants and said he thought I had ME. I refused the treatment and demanded more tests.
I saw a neurologist who was pretty bloody patronising and contradicted himself many times but he was able to rule out anything sinister and basically sent me on my way.
I saw an Endo who was a bit more approachable but basically agreed with my GP and Neuro that I probably had CFS/ME. He did do some additional blood tests however which indicated that I was peri-menopausal (which could explain a good few of the symptoms that I experienced)
A year later I am on a low dose of HRT and also 200mg Sertraline. I do feel better to an extent but I am a long way from feeling back to normal and still have days/weeks where my energy levels drop and I'm really struggling again.
The blood test results came back as follows:
T4 was also measured by consultant - I *think* it was 17 but not 100% certain.
Cholesterol - can't exactly remember but both good and bad were high?
Diagnosed as pre diabetic
BP and pulse slightly raised
I'm gradually working on my Ferratin Levels but the only iron that I can tolerate is in liquid form (Ferroglobulin)
I have SL Methocobalamin B12 following on from recommendation on another forum and pretty much have one on the go throughout the day (when I remember)
My question is where do I go from here?
Numerous GPs and consultants have said that my TSH and B12 are absolutely fine. Are they?
I'm not sure about my B12 and would really like to get it higher so am considering organising my own injections.
Would you recommend this, can it do any harm? I tried to get an appointment with Dr Skinner because I am based in the South West but she is no longer taking on any more patients. Is there anyone else you would recommend that I see instead?
Sorry, this a long post but thanks for reading!