Hi guys... Brand new here. 23 female. After years of research and trying so many vitamins and seeing so many doctors I think I've finally narrowed down my lifelong symptoms to a possible B12/Folate deficiency. A few years ago my doctor told me I was "a little low" in B12 and D (despite the fact that I had thin/dry hair, brittle nails, depression, anxiety, fatigue, getting sick every month/constant chest infections, period stops early, mild asthma, cuts on fingers around nails, etc) Ever since then I started taking a multivitamin and a capsule B Complex- urine was always super yellow. This seemed to ward off the constant infection (I didn't get sick for a year and a half) although still had all of the other symptoms. Diet wise, I can be a picky eater. I'm not huge on meat and I can be a bit of a jerk about veggies too. I don't really eat junk or sweets, soda, etc. But taking the multivitamin and b complex (100 mcg) seemed to be enough to stay well (not get sick) consistently.
My most recent blood test that I have results for (Nov. 2016), my B12 was at 836 and my folate was considered high (can't remember #). So for a while I didn't know what to make of my symptoms. Anyways, a few weeks ago on a whim I decided to try a liquid iron supplement that had B12 (cyano) and folate in it. Brand is Integrative Therapeutics. This supplement literally changed my life. I felt an immediate burst of energy, in about 2-3 days my hair suddenly became soft and shiny and grew longer than it's been ever able to in years, and my nails were long and practically impenetrable. My dark circles started to look better, I was sleeping well. It felt like I had never had depression.. I just felt amazing! Also, my urine wasn't yellow either. Unfortunately, what I believe was the iron started giving me bad migraines even when I halved the dose, took with food and OJ, etc. So I decided to look for other sublinguals. I found another that actually didn't have folate-- I noticed that it gave me the energy boost but did nothing for my hair,nails, and skin. I ordered another and was trying this and that.
During this trial time (literally the past 2-3 weeks), for the first time in 1.5 years, I caught the flu which quickly somehow turned into bronchitis--remember I am very prone to sinus/chest infection. I thought it was weird how after 1.5 years of great immunity (not even a sniffle) the time when I was messing around with vitamins my body seemed to lull. I got really sick and as a last resort picked up a Solgar B Complex liquid. It has 2000 mcg of B12 (much more than all I've ever tried) but not as much folic acid as the miracle supplement I talked about earlier. I noticed that taking this supplement gave me energy but also made my persistent fever vanish--something that Advil will barely even do at this point. My nails are still atrocious and breaking. I've taken 3 doses of it so far today. I'm nervous that it's an excessive amount of B12? I literally get better when I take it and after a 5-6 hours pass, I start to feel like a truck hit me again, the fever spikes, my cough gets worse.
I have yet to be formally diagnosed with low b12 or folate, and I plan to go to a clinic near me that deals specifically with this problem and gives B12, D, choline, and inositol shots. But, I'm trying to process what all of this could mean. I'm wondering if that first liquid supplement I took was really nourishing my body and then when I stopped, my immune system took a hit? Should I just keep taking the B complex when I feel terrible until I'm healthy again? Anyways, if anyone has any insight or advice or similar experience... I would love to know.