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Pins and Needles-Appointment- Blood results

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Hey guys,

just an update from the Bloods taken from me last Friday, GP called me this afternoon and said that cholesterol was slightly high at 5.7 but acceptable its been like that for a few years - Vit B12 was low should be around 150 but mine is at 76, not got a clue and a q risk is 13% and should be 20% again not a clue, she is going to get some statins or something from my chemist as she said that she cannot arrange injections of B12 at the moment as she is not allowed to offer this at the moment.....Also need to eat nutritionally, but I already do. She did say that due to my cancer my blood levels have slowed down fighting immunity (Not white cells-these are kind of stable) can anyone decipher this please as I haven't got a clue... appreciate any advice and help and thank you

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Hi I'm sorry about your test results I don't understand what she means but I am soposed to be monitored as I had 3 low white cell counts and red blood I think it's due to stress I've been eating iron rich foods and supplement I feel tired a lot, I got my cholesterol down by cutting down saturated fats I read the labels on food avoid pastry chocolate all the good stuff basically especially cheese, and exercise if you can when I loose weight mine goes down it was 5 now it's 4.2 best wishes pixiebobcat

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mascotty02 in reply to Hidden

Thanks Pixiebobcat, the thing is I do eat pretty much nutritional foods but am on testosterone and this put weight on, I cant do proper exercises as I have two frozen shoulders and joint issues, they certainly mean it when they say age don't come alone

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I am sorry to hear that I understand about old age lol I am 56 and have arthritis in my knees and at moment due to a fall I have bruised ribs so can hardly move it's made me more understanding of people with pain issues my knees aren't too bad in summer I get shoulder pain or I did when used to sit at computer I have internet on phone now I tried some yoga that helped too but as I'm not that bad and used to go swimming I'm no expert but if we're ever allowed to go maby you could try that it helped my anxiety too I miss that the most with lockdown I read the virus doesn't survive in swimming baths water but then there's the danger of changing rooms

Hi mascotty. The low B12 levels could account for your pins and needles. You could try tablets while you are waiting for your injections or your body is unable to process them you can get sublingual ones.

My GP told me you cannot overdose your body with these as it is not stored.

Goes without saying you might want to discuss this with your GP

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Hi mascotty02

I'm so sorry to hear of your health worries. I'm sorry but I wouldn't have a clue what your rest results mean. I take multivitamins which have B12 in them.

I would suggest listing your concerns to your GP as you will receive the correct answer.

I'm thinking of you.

Take care xx

Hi mascotty02,

I think it might not be the best thing for laypeople to interpret your results. If you are unsure of anything you are told by a doctor, I think it's important to find out directly, from the speaker of the words. For so many reasons we can all be bad about asking what we really need to know, when in consultation with medical professionals, but you are quite entitled to call back and ask for an explanation which you can understand. That's actually really important. Hope you get the information you need.

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If you don't understand something its fine to say to the doctor I don't understand what something is and ask them to explain.

It always helps when they sit down and explain after you have asked them to talk you through your results after you have said that you don't understand something and ask them to explain.

When they explain it alleviates anxiety and fear.

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mascotty02 in reply to Hidden

Hey catgirl1976, thanks for your advice, although its been many years now since I was in nursing and many things have changed and although I do understand roughly what is going on, she did reel them off a little fast and I did stop her a couple of times to back track, I also had to stop my oncologist several times when I was about to start chemo sessions as I did not have a clue, my day it was radiation treatment only, chemotherapy drugs had only just popped their heads around the door, as for fear and anxiety, I don't think I have these anymore, I think that because I have been through a lot of these issues ( I know there are a lot people worse than me and in a lot more pain and suffering) I am pretty much open to whatever is thrown at me now and always look to the worse scenario now when I go and get any results and if they are good then I've ducked and dived this last issue and got away with it..... Had a call this morning from the doctor again very unexpected and she wants me to go down to the surgery tomorrow at 3pm for this B12 injection, in which I am slightly relieved as my body feels worse again this morning, I haven't got dressed today, well shorts and 'T' shirt, I don't want you guys getting nightmares thinking about this lol

Again appreciate all you advice and thank you, please stay safe as much as you can and will keep you updated

Mark

"The medical field in Japan and Europe considers a patient to have vitamin B12 deficiency if testing reveals levels below 500 pg/mL to 550 pg/mL. Meanwhile, the low end of “normal” in America is 200pg/mL to 350 pg/mL." Ref Clancymedicalgroup.com. Personally I run mine between 800-1200. 76pg/mL for me would be brain fog central.

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mascotty02 in reply to jamesal0

Hi james, Thanks for that am unsure what you mean though, maybe in Oz things are calculated differently, I was told that my vit B levels should be minimum of 500 however they are currently at 76, my cholesterol has been the same over the last 4 years at 5.7 - liver enzymes are currently raised but no figure and my Q-risk is 13% which should be around 20%

not sure if this help, but thank you

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Hi Scott. I'm not a doctor, but if I was getting pins and needles and had 76pg/mL B12, I would be fixing this first. I run my B12 between 800 and 1200pg/mL. I do this by self injecting a vial of B12 every 6 weeks. My GP started me on this program 5 years ago. After 3 or 4 visits I got tired of paying the GP $50 dollars a visit and started self injecting. We can buy 3 vials of B12 without a script from any chemist for $20 in Australia and just buy diabetic syringes on ebay.

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mascotty02 in reply to jamesal0

Hi James, I will certainly ask for this when I go to the surgery tomorrow afternoon, am not sure that I will be allowed to self administer these injections as rules are different in the UK, I do know diabetics can and when I went onto a liver trial when it packed in I was allowed to inject once a week for this... But thank you again, I will ask

Good luck that, just Ive never found GPs very happy with my self medication ing

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mascotty02 in reply to jamesal0

Hi James, I know or have a feeling what they are going to say to me if I ask them if I can do it myself, I understand that there is an injection every few days once this is administered today, I am just hoping that work doesnt call me this week to tell me to come back after being furloughed, though this is beating sick leave I suppose, thanks for your message James

Take care and stay safe

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