Since my GP would not prescribe B12 injections and is sceptical of my diagnosis I ordered one hundred B12 ampoules from the German supplier recommended on this site late on Friday afternoon at a cost of around £50. They arrived first thing on Tuesday after the Bank Holiday. The 100 syringes were ordered online on Saturday from Medisupplies in Bournemouth and swabs and sharps disposal boxes were ordered on Amazon UK. By Tuesday afternoon for less than £100 I was fully equipped for 100 injections. Result!
My husband has now given me the first two injections on Wednesday and today. I have had no ill effects although I have noticed slight tingling in my finger tips which is a new symptom. I gather from previous posts that this can happen as nerves that were apparently I damaged start to repair. My feet are still tingling and my energy levels are not markedly different, but i don't expect these things to improve overnight.
My recollection of my grandmother's paralysis occurred quite rapidly. She was a First World War widow and very stoical and I don't remember her complaining until she started to lose the feeling and use of her legs. The symptoms then escalated rapidly. Our GPs at the time were very good and I'm sure my mother and her brothers would have insisted she consult them if she had had any significant symptoms previously.
I was not prepared to wait until I had serious neurological problems before receiving adequate treatment and I feel quite happy taking control of my own treatment. I shouldn't have to do so and recognise that as a doctor this is probably easier for me. I believe my profession is failing all of us very seriously and for many patients it is far too much additional stress to add to their health burden. It is, however, quite easy to manage your own care with help and advice from this excellent forum.