Hi this is my first post and probably the same story as everyone else but I am struggling to get the doctors to agree to more frequent injections and all they seem to want to do is push me towards depression/CFS/fibro.
I found out I had low B12 at the end of 2013 (22yrs old) with a level of 126 pg/ml (180-914 and folate level of 6 ng/ml (4-20) I only got the test as I had been feeling really run down and couldn't function so had asked to recheck for iron deficiency as I was anemic in my teens.
Following this I was put on the loading doses and then the 3 monthly injections and they tested me for intrisic factor (negative) Parietal cell autoantibody level (low Positive) and all the other usuals; rheumatoid, coeliacs, chrons and thyroid with were all negative. They couldn't tell me why I was deficient so after my first maintenance injection and another blood test I decided to not have the injections as I should of been able to sustain my levels with diet etc.
Fast forward to May 2016 about 2 years after injections my levels were back down to 175 pg/ml (180-914) to which I was told was normal and didn't need to take any action because I was having the injections which was wrong as I had stopped.
I managed to see a doctor and forced him into allowing me the loading injections again after being laughed at and told I could have tablets, even tough I clearly have a absorption problem! I also then had some more tests to see if it was linked to a autoimmune issue (my mum and maternal grandmother have rheumatoid arthritis and paternal grandma had Graves' disease) again the test came back normal apart from Parietal cell autoantibody being positive. Saw my doctor again who said that it's nothing to do with an autoimmune issue.
I have carried on the maintenance injections for the last year going back to the doctor several time and saying I feel I need more frequent injections due to neuro symptoms but get told they are nothing to do with the B12 now! Had another blood test for Thyroid (negative) and the B12 but stupidly the day after my injection so reading was 1500 pg/ml (180-914) which is now being used against me. I decided to go to another doctor (female this time) in hope that she would help but have been faced with the same problems.
First appointment told that B12 is due to autoimmune and she ordered tests for ferritin and Vit D. She tried to point me towards fibro/cfs/depression.
I've been back today as I've had enough and to discuss supliments and more frequent injections armed with info I've found on here regarding the neurological regime. She the told me I don't have PA so no autoimmune (after telling me that was the cause last week) and was pushing away from that (she wouldn't retest IF) and that they won't increase my frequency as symptoms are not to do with B12. I get pins and needles particularly the last 4 weeks before injection, memory loss(I forgot half my symptoms when there, I really should write them down) tension headaches, chronic fatigue, breathlessness, forget words neumerous times a day, tinnitus, walk into doorways, lack concentration, muscle fatigue, unsteady on my feet, painful muscles, blurred vision, unrestful sleep among others.
She's now writing to haematologist and rheumatologist for help and I've told her I'm not going to be fobbed off! Should my next step to write to the practice manager?
Sorry for the long post, I was worried about posting the same as I hate going into the doctors as feel like I'm being stupid but I can go on. The fatigue is the main symptom I struggle with most as can't handle doing anything without a nap so frequently put off going to docs as can't face getting up first thing to call for an appointment.
For reference my latest results-
Serum total 25-hydroxy vitamin D level 25-OH VITAMIN D 60 nmol/L [50.0 - 999.0] which falls into insufficient range and ferritin26 u/gal which I know is in range (11-300) but I have started taking a sublingual B12 complex, folic acid 5mg daily as always on low end, ferroglobin liquid for the iron and a vitamin d3 spray which is 3000iu daily in a hope to feel slightly human again.
Any info or guidance you could give would be much appreciated or if you think I should be looking at something else and it's nothing to do with B12.