I've recently been diagnosed as having B12 deficiency. My level is 144. My red blood cells have become larger too. I've had symptoms for over two years. In that time I've been prescribed citalapram, zopiclone and diazepam for varying symptoms. The fatigued is unlike anything I have ever experienced and lost my small business over it. I returned to full time work six months ago. The symptoms got worse. I would come home and cry because I was too tired to function. I'd had tingling in my fingers and hand but I thought this was just tiredness. Then I started getting excruciating stomach pains. My tummy would bloat so much that I looked pregnant. I went to my GP as I tried over the counter remedies first, to no avail. I did not mention to the GP about the tingling and fatigue as I thought this was just getting older/mum to two/working full time. He prescribed omeprazole and ordered bloods to be taken the following day.
While waiting for the blood results, I took the omeprazole and they worked extremely well. However my bloods came back with b12 deficiency.
The information about what I was to do next was terribly sketchy. I was told six injections then 21 and even the doctor was consulting a BNF as she wasn't sure of the right treatment. Eventually, I was told, six loading doses and one every 12 weeks. And was sent on my merry way. I had no idea about B12 and it's effects on the body......until I came across a lot of info on google. After the 4th dose I had a terrible reaction of fainting and vomiting so I had to wait two weeks before I had my 5th injection.
In the meantime my stomach really started to hurt again, despite taking omeprazole, my hand started tingling and I couldn't get my words out or they would come out but messed up. The doctor doubled my dose of omeprazole and ordered Intrinsic Factor antibody blood test which has come back negative. The nurse said, after having to consult google, that I definitely do not have PA.
I truly do not understand why I don't absorb B12. I'm not vegan or vegetarian. When I asked the nurse why I can't absorb it, she replied "some people can't ". Logic tells me that there is always a reason behind something but I'm not getting any answers.
I've lost a lot of things in my life and had to make some changes with work. I really don't want to lose anything more. I hope someone can help me.