Hi. I'm 53 and I've had various health problems as long as I remember, mostly to do with the reproductive cycle, pms, tiredness, foggy thinking. I've always wondered what was wrong with me, but the doctors I have seen have never really looked any further than a general blood test.
About three months ago I had a 23andme dna analysis. I've always been interested in genes and I was hoping curious to know my 'genetic fate' When my genome came back I ran it through a programme that highlighted mutation in genes. When I read the report, most of my mutations were to do with not being able to process B12.
By coincidence, I had been to the doctors becasue I was feeling awful and couldn't lose weight no matter how I tried. Another blood test, told I was anemic. I looked up possible causes of anemia, becasue I have a very good healthy diet, and saw it could be B12 deficiency. The doctor had prescribed folate tablets but I can't take them as they give me stomach problems. So I bought a high dose B complex vitamin and Spatone. Then my mother told me that my grandmother had been diagnosed with pernicious anemia and had injections for most of her life.
My life has completely changed. I have energy, I have lost weightand my reproductive cycle has gone into menopause (as my blood tests suggest I should be). My migraines are treatable and my mood is more stable. I actually can't believe the difference.
I haven't checked this out with my GP because, to be honest, I'm not sure that he will understand the genetic bit. Also, any blood test he suggest (because this seems to be his answer to everything) will be normal, won't they, as I am already supplementing? Do I need a diagnosis? Does this sound the right treatment, Spatone and B complex?
Thank you for any comments, I am so excited to feel something like normal for the first time in my life! But a little worried that I'm taking too much/too little.