Hi I would appreciate some advice about my situation. I have been a carer for a number of years and have suspected that I have had B12 deficiency. I experienced numerous symptoms, aching thighs, balance problems, pains in stomach, tingling toes, beefy tongue, mental fatigue and numerous repeated infections over perhaps 10 years. Due to bring a carer and the lack of success with the GP of the time, I ended up self medicating - at the time I had no choice. Now that my mother who I cared for has died I am greaving and pretty exhausted but also need to find if my health will allow me to get back to work. I have been taking Adenosylcobalamin, Methylcobolamin, and last year took a course of self injected Hydroxocobalamin (under the guidance of the B12d charity). Along with a multi-vitamin, folic acid and Ferrous oxide. Over many years and trial and error it seemed to be an effective combination. I now hope to get some clear indication of where my health is. Could anyone tell me how can I proceed to achieve a diagnosis considering the problems of having taken supplements? Are there any tests that I could have (even if I pay a private clinic) that would give useful information as to the possible cause? Something I might take to my new GP to clarify and avoid misunderstandings over my levels of B12, folic acid, iron. How should I proceed now i have arrived at this point? I think the deficiency has been around for many years but seemed much worse after I had an operation for Urethral Strictures in 2014. After very obvious improvements in all symptoms after discovering the benefit of B12 supplements, currently my symptoms have worsened due to the increased stress levels I suspect of my mother's death.
Hope you can help, thank you