Hi, new to this forum however just looking for some advice regarding my recent discovery of low B12 88ng/L and Serum Folate 3.0 ug/L (both classed as "abnormal" on my GP test results). All other bloods normal.
Symptoms starting roughly 2 years ago experienced increasing weakness/lack of energy and motivation to do anything, occasional muscle weakness and putting zoning out of conversations and the inability to focus to be a factor of my B12 reading.
I'm a full-time university student and 22yr old so put my exhaustion down to this, however, decided to get my bloods done to make sure.
Family history includes a cousin who has an absorption problem therefore is on life long B12 injections.
After discussing this with my GP, it was decided the best action was oral Cyanocobalamin and Folic acid tablets for 6 weeks during which I will have my Intrinsic Factor Antibody tested for PA and Celiac screening (have no gastric problems, stomach pains etc so would be very surprised if it was this).
I guess my question is - I am not a vegetarian/vegan and healthy otherwise therefore could this still be a dietary issue and would my B12 really be this low due to an inadequate diet?
It was argued it's not "best practice" to jump straight to B12 injections, I was wondering whether you guys agree as there are no negative associations with the intramuscular injections, is best practice not to treat symptoms as quickly and efficiently as possible for the patient?
Only asking as feel pretty lousy right now, no motivation to leave the house or do anything really. Just interested on other people's thoughts on this?