I'm new here and have received a diagnosis of B12 deficiency this week. Thankfully I had already done plenty of research before I was officially diagnosed so I knew that I may have a battle with the GP on my hands before going in there.
I received a result of 142 for B12, she mentioned 'low iron stores' too so gave me some iron tablets, but insisted I was only just below the B12 deficiency threshold (which apparently is 150). I have a history of PA in my family, (my mum was told she had it when she was incredibly poorly just before giving birth to me, and her mother died as a result from PA complications) so I used this to convince the doctor that injections were the way forward as I am feeling so lousy. She referred me, but when I contacted the nursing team to book the appointments she had only referred me for 1 injection. After lots of hoo-ha yesterday I managed to get a different doctor (who was quite rude and ended up hanging up the phone on me) to change it to proper loading doses, and they will start tomorrow.
I'm hoping I have done the right thing but a part of me is worried that I've signed up for something that I don't need? I'm feeling very foggy at the minute and incredibly indecisive, so I'm wondering whether taking charge of this myself has been a good idea. Can anybody tell me how 'bad' a result of 142 really is? Or is it down to each individual and how they feel? I am awaiting the result of a test for Intrinsic Factor to come back in the meantime, which I also had to push quite hard for.