I’m really hoping you might be able to help me as I feel that everywhere I turn I hit a dead end! I’m 32, female and have a family history of vit B12 problems; my Grandfather has pernicious anaemia and it may be that my Uncle has the same.
I’m fairly certain I have a B12 issue, this was a concern before but as I’m now 7 weeks pregnant I’m even more motivated to get this resolved.
I have been suffering with the following symptoms for 2 – 3 years, maybe longer:
-Extreme fatigue; find it very difficult to get up in the morning even if on the rare occasion I’ve slept right through
-Chronic pulsatile tinnitus in left ear
-Brain fog/ depersonalisation
-Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
-Palpitations/ double beating heart
-Pain in upper back & neck
-Anxiety & feelings that something bad may happen imminently
-Premature clumps of white hair
I’ve been seeing my GP on and off throughout this time and was given various blood tests plus a referral for a ENT specialist. At no point was there anything that was considered abnormal so they pretty much gave up on me.
By October last year I was unable to cope any more. I could no longer work for more than 3 days a week due to the fatigue and inability to concentrate.
I eventually sought the advice of a nutritionist which completely changed my life. She gave me a Bit V12 oral spray (Better you, V12 Boost) at a dosage of 2000ug per day. After just a month almost all the symptoms had begun to subside and I finally felt alive and well again!
When I found out I was pregnant, I went back to my original GP who told me that the dose was far too high and potentially damaging to the developing baby. He advised to cease the spray and instead just take a pre-natal multivitamin.
I have followed his advice but within 3 weeks, pretty much all my former symptoms have returned.
I was tested for Vitamin B12 in 2008 which showed my level to be c.500. I had it tested again in October (i.e. just before I started taking the B12 spray) and it was 800. The nutritionist however thinks this was a false reading as I was already taking a b-complex vit.
Even though my levels are far from low (I believe the official guidance is less than 250?), do you think there’s a chance I could still be deficient especially considering the amazing results I had from taking the oral spray previously?
If so, are you able to advise me in terms of my next course of action? Should I be pushing for more tests? Should I be pushing for GP prescribed treatment?
I have started to take the spray again at a high dosage but worry whether this is safe for my baby.
Thank you so much in advance.