Hi all - my husband had been going downhill gradually for about 3 years. He started to lose his confidence and slowly changed from a larger than life, jolly, capable businessman to a man full of fears, losing things constantly, bursting in tears, feeling depressed and very forgetful. He had also lost a lot of weight. He finally broke down and said that he thought he may be losing his mind. After urging him for months to see the doctor, he finally went and was very quickly diagnosed with Vitamin B12 deficiency and so far has had 4 loading does with 2 more to come. I can see an improvement in him already, not only does he look better with a much better colour, he is a lot more cheerful which is lovely to see, I find it hard to see how the lack of a vitamin can make such a huge difference! and wonder how many people out there are being diagnosed with depression/early dementia through lack of testing.........
My question is this, can you B12 Deficiency but not have PA? He has always eaten lots of all the foods that contain B12 so I can't think it's just a lack of it in his diet. When he's had his loading doses he won't be tested again for 3 months. Will this show if he can't absorb it, and does this mean he has PA? Am a bit confused at the moment!
Would be grateful for any help