I am finally getting in with a hematologist next week. I feel like this is my chance to really talk with someone who might know why my B12 is low. However, past experience with doctors leads me to feel that questions I have now won't be answered without more tests, results will be phoned and the discussion i want to have won't take place without another appointment which I would have to request. $$$$
Long story short...wacky thyroid levels due to a switch to generic medicine made me hyperthyroid then back down to hypothyroid from about October to February. Symptoms remained after it was resolved so i asked to be B12 tested in April. Levels low. Sent to gastro., scopes normal. Given RX for monthly self injections, have had two. Now sent to hematologist. Tingling/numbness, twitches, cold intolerance have all improved but fatigue, mild anxiety, lack of motivation all remain.
My mother had PA so that is how I thought to ask for the B12 test. Apparently the IF antibody test was 1 (0-1.1 is normal). I have yet to be told what that means. Can anyone tell me? Biopsies during endoscopy were said to be normal but I do not know if they tested for antibodies.
I would love to know what I should expect at this point from my appointment. Will she just base it off of symptoms and one low B12 result that I should be treated? I am concerned that my symptoms are getting better and it will be a short course of treatment only to slide back to feeling miserable again.
As a side note...if it is not PA, which it seems it is not...could a dairy free diet or short gluten free trial(3 months) create a vitamin deficiency? I am worried I did this to myself. I have avoided dairy for about a year because I did not seem to digest it well (doctor assumed lactose intolerance). I went strictly gluten free for three months as a trial (DEC-March) as suggested by a nutritionist to help support my immune system/thyroid. I admit to being very bad at taking my multivitamin during that time. I eat meat, veggies, fruits.
Thanks so very much for the help! This site is wonderful!