I am looking for any thoughts, suggestions, advice, or opinions you may have on the following. Please bare with me if this doesn't flow well, as my brain is not functionin properly.
A brief history, I am a 40 yr old woman who has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and insomnia. I was 1st diagnosed in 2011 with depression and anxiety, but always felt there was something else causing me to suffer. I tried numerous antidepressants over the last few years with little to no relief of my symptoms. As a matter of fact they have now gotten very severe over the last 5 months.
My current symptoms are:
Feel like I'm in a constant fog
Mind feels blank
Reading and spelling problems
Verbal recall issues (hard time remembering words)
Blurry vision/Light sensitivity/Dry eyes
Hand and eye coordination off
Feel dizzy and off balance
Feel like I'm in a dream/things seem strange even though they shouldn't
Numbness, tingling, and pins and needles feeling in hands and feet
Insomnia 3-4 hours of sleep per night so
Always tired no energy
And others, but I can't recall them at this time.
Over the last 5 months I have seen my primary care provider, neurologist, rhematologist, psychiatrist, and a cardiologist all who think that my symptoms are related to my depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, and insomnia.
I also had numerous blood tests including:
CHOLESTEROL, TOTAL, HDL CHOLESTEROL, TRIGLYCERIDES, LDL-CHOLESTEROL, CHOL/HDLC RATIO, NON HDL CHOLESTEROL, COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL, HEPATIC FUNCTION PANEL, CBC (INCLUDES DIFF/PLT), HCG, QL, URINE, HEMOGLOBIN A1c, TSH, THYROID PANEL
VITAMIN B12/FOLATE, SERUM PANEL, METHYLMALONIC ACID, GC/MS/MS, HOMOCYSTEINE
RHEUMATOID FACTOR, CYCLIC CITRULLINATED PEPTIDE (CCP) AB (IGG), INTERPRETATION, URINALYSIS, REFLEX, RIBOSOMAL P ANTIBODY, DNA (DS) ANTIBODY, C-REACTIVE PROTEIN, SJOGREN'S ANTIBODIES (SS-A,SS-B), COMPLEMENT COMPONENT C3C, COMPLEMENT COMPONENT C4C, COMPLEMENT, TOTAL (CH50)
COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL, SED RATE BY MODIFIED WESTERGREN, CBC (INCLUDES DIFF/PLT), ANA IFA SCREEN W/REFL TO TITER AND PATTERN, IFA, ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES TITER AND PATTERN, ANCA SCREEN WITH REFLEX TO TITER, MYELOPEROXIDASE ANTIBODY, PROTEINASE-3 ANTIBODY, CREATINE KINASE, TOTAL, T4 (THYROXINE), TOTAL, TSH, VITAMIN B12, HIV 1/2 ANTIGEN/ANTIBODY, FOURTH GENERATION W/RFL, METALS/METALLOIDS PANEL 1 SERUM/PLASMA, GLUTAMIC ACID DECARBOXYLASE 65 AB, IA-2 ANTIBODY, INSULIN AUTOANTIBODY
All tests came back with normal ranges except B12 came back 419, just 4 months ago it was 595.
My doctor said I could treat the anemia with iron, but didn't feel any of the other results were concerning. To me it seems kind of ironic that my cognitive impairments got worse over the last few months, and that my B12 level has dropped almost 177 points.
Do my symptoms sound like I could have either B12 deficiency or PA? What can I do to persuade my doctor to treat me for the deficiency? Any links to data supporting the test results and my symptoms correlate would be greatly appreciated.
I've thought about just self treating, but I live in the US, and I think you need a prescription to get B12. Do any of you know of anything different? Or do you have suggestions on how I could self treat?
I hope this post made sense. I'm at the end of my rope, and feel very hopeless and defeated at this point. If I continue to decline at this rate I will be a complete idiot in a vegatative state by the New Year.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post.