Hello everyone I'm new and just wanted to thank you for providing such helpful and insightful content.
Around 6 weeks ago I went to my doctors requesting treatment for my very painful feet and following the results of a blood test to rule out arthritis was diagnosed with B12 deficiency with Vit D 85 (I think) and B12 at 150.
I have been a long distance hill runner for years but for the last 2-3 years my running has decreased, struggling to run more than 3 miles and finding even this takes days to recover from.
I was diagnosed with depression 3 years ago (wondering if this was actually B12 deficiency) and on SSRI's for 2 years, stopped a year ago.
Prior to the diagnosis I realised I had assigned my symptoms; depression, chronic fatigue, breathlessness, leg muscle weakness, falling over, numb toes on right foot, foggy brain, terrible memory, sore mouth, sore feet (duck waddle every morning) and weight gain (muscle turned to flab) to the menopause and middle age!?
After the 4th loading injection I went for a run and felt like I used to feel years ago I was able to run freely without having to look where I put my feet and I had a spring and strength to my legs again that felt so wonderful.
This lasted for a week after the final loading injection then without warning on a run my legs felt like they were made of lead, I couldn't get my breath and I had to keep stopping. At the time I thought how unlucky to get a virus...but the symptoms didn't go away so I saw a different doctor and we discussed alcohol, I was drinking beer in the evenings and she said that this is causing the malabsorbtion of B12 and advised to stop drinking alcohol which I have. She agreed to move my maintenance injection forward however this had very little impact on my symptoms.
My symptoms aren't as extreme as they were prior to the loading injections but I am really struggling to function normally, I'm so tired, tearful and weak I haven't been for a run in over a week, my mouths really sore and I don't seem to be able to think clearly.
I'm just not sure what I should do now, having experienced how wonderful it feels to feel 'normal' I can't stand reverting back to being unable to get out of bed. Am I being impatient or should I consider self injections?