Hi there, new to the forum and have been reading some posts from users here since being found to be B12 deficient.
I was having serious issues with fatigue, muscle weakness, and an inability to gain weight over several years. By the time it was diagnosed I was experiencing severe bouts of dizziness, and felt as though I were barely awake.
It took the doctors a long time to discover the deficiency, some of my stats were:
15.3% red blood cell count
11.2% (I don't remember the official name) red blood cell size
Low globulin (can't remember the number)
135nmol B12 (deficient, even in the NHS' loose standards)
30nmol Iron (not quite deficient)
Folic acid was at 4 (nmol? not sure what measurement, but it went up to 20)
They also tested for Intrinsic Factor, they've done an endoscopy, and they're tasting my pancreas at the moment. But yeah, I had no serious anaemia - just the lower end of things - and thus far nothing has been found to indicate why I'm deficient. It's not dietary either, I was somewhat surprised to hear I was deficient in iron and B12 when I eat loads of red meat.
So right now I'm taking 3 iron tablets a day, self injecting 1000mcg hydroxocobalamin every 4 weeks with 5mg of folic acid each day. I had loading doses back in November.
However, I am still finding that at the weekends, I need to sleep for long periods of time. I'm still having to take stimulants to complete my every day life. While I felt the loading doses improved my health somewhat significantly, it still feels like something isn't quite right, and like I'm still more tired than I should be. Can anyone provide me some further insight on why this might be the case?