I am new here, and after months of doing research and being told that all my symptoms were stress related, I insisted that they weren't. Believe me, I know all about depression, anxiety, as I've suffered with ptsd since 05, due to a traumatic event in my life, which i have dealt with, though with counseling and medication. But in June 10 all my symptoms began to worsen. Anxiety, 24/7, sweating, heart palpatations, EXTREME FATIGUE/ AND BREATHLESSNESS, MENTAL FOG~ also, i'd previously been diagnosed with carpel tunnel, fibromyalgia, but the aches pains, burning in hands, numbness, also in feet, began to worsen. I could not function, could not focus on anything, so my doctor then says anxiety and ADD! I made many visits to ER because I just knew that this "anxiety attack", that was ongoing was going to kill me. Only to be told that my labs, ct's, ekg's, pulse ox, were all normal and I'm sure it's documented somewhere that I'm a nut case, lol. Thank God, my husband was convinced of my sanity, I don't know if I'd have survived without him. I even visited a pulmonologist because I was convinced something was seriously wrong with my lungs, and NOTHING! My gyn put me on the much dreaded hormone pill, Premarin, due to the hotflashes~though she said I was Post Meno, but they helped, so I took them. But little else that I did helped any of my other symptoms, my balance became so off that I would stagger and fall. Now, I knew this wasn't all in my head, but it was so frustrating and frightning to not know and not find a doctor who knew. Finally, after much research, in my moments of clarity, I finally insisted on having my b12 checked. My physician said I was borderline, and though he didn't feel I needed any, reluctantly gave me boosting injections * 1 shot daily x 1 wk, then 1 wkly x 4 wks. So amazing, after only my 3rd dose I was feeling better, now other than some fatigue I'm almost normal again! My aches and pains have subsided, the numbness, burning and tingling in my hands and feet is completely gone, my mental fog has lifted. I haven't taken xanax or cymbalta in almost 2 mos., and can finally sleep normally again. Though I still take a 50 mg seroquel, but compared to the 300 mg's I've been on since 07, 2 times daily = 600 mgs! that's not bad~ now what I've learned, though I suggest you do your own research. B12 is a water soluble vitamin,meaning we excrete it through our urine, sweat glands. As we age our metabolism slows down and alot of us have already became deficient and malabsorbent of our vitamins, and don't know it, because we're so focused on the serious side effects that come from vitamin def. I know that people who suffer from ibs, acid reflux, take acid reducers, take sulfer meds, diabetics, even people who exercise and sweat alot, and people who suffer from other stomach problems are more likely to become "MALABSORBENT"~ meaning your body does not digest and retain the vitamin nutrition from your foods properly. Therefore, you only get a small amount of the important B and D vitamins from your food, but excrete it too quickly for the body to properly maintain the stores that it needs in the cells. B vitamins are essential to the "CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM"~ so, nerves do what? Control the whole body, from the brain down... when you're deficient it's like the nerves in the body are gradually being stripped of their protective coating, like an electrical wire being stripped. So, therefore, you are going to have severe neurological problems. Okay, I'm through ranting, but hope this helps someone as it has me. So, do your research, and insists on having a vitamin panel done. If not a whole panel atleast a B serum and MMA(these 2 tests work together) to get an accurate b12 reading, as well as a vitamin D. If you begin supplementing with oral vitamins, chances are your test will be normal, but you will still be deficient and may need "INJECTIONS" FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I will never be without a B12 again, I know what it's done for me, as well as regular Vitamin D checks,as I now know I'm prone to D deficiency also. Good luck to all of you, it's frustrating, but don't give up. You are your own best advocate over your health, and "DON'T BELIEVE the Doctors when they shrug you off and make you feel like it's all in your head JUST BECAUSE ALL OF THEIR LITTLE NUMBERS ADD UP!!!!
I KNOW AND YOU KNOW THAT IT'S NOT~XOOX,MEL
Hey! Nice to see someone suffering with the samething I just found out I have about a week ago. Ok heres my story Its long so be prepared. Im only 22 and for over a year now I have been having a lot of stomach problems. The doctors always told me to take acid reducers so I have tried several different kinds but still had a lot of problems. I have been to a total of 8 different doctors and have had all kinds of bloodwork done but everything was always fine. I have had xrays, urine tests, and an ultrasound done. I didnt have insurance at the time but a month ago I finally got insurance during that time I went and donated plasma for the second time. I nearly fainted and it scared the crap out of me I thought I was going to die because it made me feel so bad. About a week after that I started having heart palpations, feeling faint, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, and severely weak along with my stomach problems. My mom was really worried because my heart was beating so fast and irregular. I went to the ER without insurance at the time they said since Im so young it probably wasnt my heart just anxiety but they would put an EKG on me to make sure. It was fine so they said it was just anxiety and gave me a shot of adavan and told me to followup with my doctor. The next day I was feeling just as bad and my stomach was feeling a lot worse then usual so I went to my doctor she did a lot of blood work I nearly passed out while I was getting the bloodwork done and they still couldnt find anything wrong with me. So I was stuck with suffering and people trying to convince me it was just anxiety since anxiety does run in my family and I have had it in the past but it never stayed with me I was always able to control it. I did think some of it was anxiety because I had a fear of blacking out since I almost fainted and i had a few panic attacks because I felt so sick and my stomach was just a lot worse to where i couldnt hardly eat anything and lost over 10 lbs. After I got insurance I finally got in to see a Gasterologist over my stomach and i got me a new doctor for my insurance. At first my doctor didnt know what to test me for and thought it could be related to my stomach and wanted me to wait and see what my GI doctor finds but my GI doctor said he didnt think it was caused from my stomach so I went back to my doctor and told her. By then I was pretty scared and depressed because I felt like I was dieing and I was loseing hope in doctors I even started having problems with my vision. Their sensetive to light and feel like Im straing them. I cant go into a store very long because my eyes will start to bother me and I will get anxiety over it. A few times I seen something bright and I felt like I was about to pass out from it and I would always have to go sit in the car while my mom finished shopping. I couldnt hardly get online much or watch tv because i felt like I was straining my eyes or get dizzy. My doctor just guessed on bloodwork to test me for and she wanted to do a CT scan to make sure it wasnt anything serious like a brain tumor since I was having vision problems. A few days later I get a call from my doctors office and she wanted to see me to talk to me about my lab results so I knew they found something but my appointment wasnt until a week away since I had to get an EGD done for my stomach. My Gaterologist dignosed me with Gasteritis and Acid reflux and the next day I went to my regular doctor appointment and she told me that my B12 was very low which is very uncommon for someone my age but since I have stomach problems and take acid reducers I probably cant absorb it right and she said my chelesterol is also high which another thing unusual since Im not over weight and my age. We think my cholersterol is high because all I could ever eat is eggs since I always felt so sick with my stomach. She said I will have to get B12 injections probably for the rest of my life unless my stomach gets fixed and she will have to recheck me for my chlesterol in a few months. She didnt want to do the CT scan for now because she thinks my symptoms could be caused from my lack of B12 from the research I did I have basically all of the symptoms so i dont know how long I have been b12 defficent. I got my first injection a week ago and I felt better my eyes still bother me sometimes and I get dizzy and feel like Its kind of hard to breath at times but Im not near as weak and my heart palpations have gotten a lot better until today I felt like I did before I ever got the shot so Im getting another one in the morning. Since i got my first shot I still have some of my symptoms but I know it takes time. I have been able to eat a lot better and have more of an appitite so I think it made my stomach a lot worse these past 7 weeks of suffereing from these extra symptoms from the lack of B12. Im not sure how often Im going to get my B12 injections but I think the more I get the better off I will feel and it will build me back up faster. I want to wish everyone else with the best of luck. I do have some anxiety still from these extra symptoms but I think after I get my b12 up i will get over this horrible anxiety and I will be able to go out like I use to. Im glad you found your solution to your problems as well. Its crazy how just a vitimin defficency can make us feel so bad but Im just glad Its an easy fix and Im just hopeing it will help with all of my symptoms pretty soon. Thanks for sharing your story. Feel free to message me sometime.
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