Hello all, i need help. I have read many posts and responses so this will be long in an effort to answer all questions i can upfront.
In Oct of 2014 i had blood work done.
Vit b12 169 pg/ml range 200- 1100
Vit d 20 ng/ml. Range 30 - 100
MCV 94.4. Range 80-100
HEMOGLOBIN 13.8. range 11.7 -15.5
Potassium 4.0 Range 3.5 to 5.3
RBC 4.42. Range 3.8-5.1
So no big deal per doctor. Recommended to take a mulitivitamin, a B 100 complex and 5000 IU of D with A and K2
I did that daily for 16 months
In Feb of 2016 i have same test done.
Vit b12 246
Vit D 39
Ferritin was not measured.
B9/folate/folic acid was not measured
So i didnt increase my b12 or D as much as i thought i would but whatever, the numbers were now in range of not being deficient.
I was on an anti depressant from Sept of 13 until Aug of 16, so 4 years. Then i moved and had no health insurance, so since i knew i would be running out of the month after month prescription my doctor had written, i tapered off over last 3-4 months. So again, in Aug 2016 i ended anti depressant and since i wasnt taking the anti depressant i also stopped taking everything else. The stupid things we do.
In April 2017 a therapist said i needed to go to doctor for anxiety medication, which i had never had before, and possible depression.
I was sick of masking whatever my problem was with anti depressant so i went to a Hollistic doctor 5-2-17 I gave her copies of my previous blood tests. She said adrenal fatigue and b12 and D issues. She gave suppliments for cortisol reduction and massive doses of b.
Folic acid 5000 mcg
B12 1000 mcg
I was to take 4 a day.
Plus multivitamin and im taking krill oil now for the Omega 3, hoping it might help with my joint pain.
My anxiety reduced quickly. Maybe 4 days
I stopped being so irritable. Im not depressed.
I was still tired though. Resting. Researching. I read that like 1% of oral b12 is absorbed through passive absorbtion. So like 10 mcg per 1000 mcg pill. And since i wanted to get into what the Japanese consider a healthy range for mental health, 550 or above, i thought this oral route is going to take too long. I researched b12 injections. My hollistic doctor does not offer injections. Weight loss clinics in my area do.
They offer 1000 mcg ONCE a week. I got first one on 5-22-17. 2nd one on 5-30-17. Im sure it is cyan kind since im in the US.
My brain fog and memory has improved but definitely not 100%. I used to feel i had lost 40 or 50 points of IQ i had such a hard time processing info.
My knees hurt...for no reason. I am not overweight and due to being tired i never do anything that would work them or any other muscle in my body. I had muscle weakness, it is better but not gone. My tongue has changed color from red to pink. I can drive without being tired/anxious. I can breath better. It is easier to take deep breaths. It is so weird. I no longer need a 3 hour nap every day even though i had 8-9 hours of sleep every night. I havent drank very much alcohol for last 4 years as it makes me so tired and so hungover/sore the next day, like i had been beaten. And i felt that way after only 3 drinks once a month or once every 2 months. So now i never drink.
I read that after an injection 50-98% of b12 is passed out of the body through urination. Of the 2-50% we do absorb, 75% is in the blood serum in an inactive form, making any b12 tests after injection unnecessary. The 25% of b12 that is absorbed and actively being used in cells is the only portion helping us to feel better.
So here is my question. Why are loading doses (injections every other day) needed?
If there is a bunch of b12 in the blood serum wont the cells reach for it/use what is in the blood serum to make new cells?
I ask because if i need to, i will go to a second weight loss center and get a 1X weekly injection from there also.
I want to feel better asap. Please remember, i have no health insurance so everything i am doing is self pay.