My B12 at 178 is way above the lower limit? Or is it?
Hi there. I asked the Doctor to check my B12 because of some symptoms I was having, eg tiredness, joint pain, mostly knees, and lower back, involuntary biting of tongue, and inside cheeks (really weird), and my mother and father were both diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia.
I have been to and fro ing with these symptoms and others for years never knowing anything about B12
I do eat fish, eggs fortified soya milk and eat well, but I am unable to eat gluten, or milk or milk products or oats or red meat without terrible gastric problems.
My b12 came back at 178 though I had been supplementing with a b complex tablet (which contained wheat) until a couple of weeks before the blood test. I stopped the tablets as the wheat began to start my gastric problems off again.
The Doctor (I live in Wales) said the lower limit was 150 upper 900, and my 178 was fine. Yet I have read that in England it is 190 - 900. As I had taken supplements he suggested I continue for 3 months and be retested.
I thought there was further tests that could be done to ascertain whether I had P A or not? Something to do with intrinsic factor?
I have since changed surgery and saw the nurse this morning, who said that if I thought my B12 was low at 178 I should move to England as here in Wales it is far above the lower limit!
I now have an appointment with a doctor for next week. Since my blood test 13 December 2017 I have been supplementing with a spray and sublingual b12 and felt better though it is a slow process.
Should I be having injections?
Your opinion would be very welcome.
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