Hi. I'm completely new to all this. It's been quite a shock TBH. I had a B12 reading of 113. Doc is to give me three injections a week for next two weeks and then he says once every three months. I can't remember what the folic acid reading was but he's given me 5mg tablets to take for four months. Will I have to get the injections and take the tablets forever? Are there nasty side effects from the injections? When will I start to feel less exhausted?
I'm presuming I have pernicious anaemia as I eat a lot of meat and diary products and the doc said it was unusual for a non-veggie/non-vegan to have B12 deficiency. Is this correct?
Background: I'm 49. I started feeling tired about ten years ago. But I put it down to side effects of the SSRIs I had been taking for ten years (as well as symptom of depression). It got steadily worse. About six years ago I went to the doc and said I wanted to change my meds as I was feeling tired all the time and thought maybe switching would help. Anyway, I was switched from paroxetine to citalopram. It didn't make any real difference. I thought, well it's another SSRI drug so not that surprising - I'd just have to put up with it. What annoys me is that the doc never once suggested I get a blood test. Surely when I asked to switch meds, specifically due to tiredness, they should have sent me for blood tests to see if it was something other than the SSRIs. In fact I'm pretty sure the only reason I was told to get blood test (first in 11 years as patient at that surgery) was because the surgery received a bad CQC inspection report a while back (put on special measures) and I was called in for a routine check up (also first time this had happened) and the doc said I looked very pale and could be anaemic. It's annoying when I think what the last six years has been like in terms of tiredness. I could sleep for hours, get up and without doing that much feel really tired again about two hours later, and even fall back to sleep.
I get the feeling I'm at the beginning of a quite a steep learning curve given the posts I've read on here. It all seems like a bit of minefield. Although it was a shock to get this diagnosis, as I've never had any health problems apart from depression/anxiety, I am relieved as it means I might not spend the rest of my life completely exhausted.