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B12 DEFICIENCY AND FIBROMYALGIA

10 years ago i had a gastric bypass, i was told to take b12 sublingually. after a couples of years i ignored the indications having b12 ocasionally only. a year ago i devoloped pain all over my body, specially heels, ankles, gluteous area, sharp burning -like pain when flexing knees, shoulders, numbes and tingling at hands, leg and feet cramps, waking down stairs is painful. my doctor told me i had fibromialgia. (TESTED NEGATIVE TO LUPUS, RHEUMATIOD ARTHRITIS, INFLAMATION,) received treatment with cymbalta and lirica but no help. cortisone steroids relived pain, only. is it possible that the problem started with the b12 deficiency? i resently started b12 injection one month ago.
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798555 tn?1292787551
Anything is possible.

Magnesium will help a little (not mag oxide though).

You never got tested  for low thyroid? Testing is called Free T3, Free T4, and TSH. Lots of pain and tingling with that, can be like fibro in bad cases. Daily Throid hormone fixes it.
547368 tn?1440541785
Hello Luz,

Welcome to the Pain Management Forum. I am glad that you found us and took the time to post. I find your question very interesting.

I will be dependant upon B12 supplements for life due to a loss over large amount of my small intestine. When ever you "ignore" the fact that you require B12 supplements you can experience generalized pain, numbness, tingling and other such symptoms. There are many other medical issues that can be induced when your system in severely deficient in B12. I sincerely hope that you will continue to take it as prescribed. It's an important vitamin for health.  

There are studies that suggest an "event" can trigger fibromyalgia, such as you describe. Regardless of what may have precipitated the fibro it now requires treatment.

I would discourage you from taking any supplements that are not prescribed by your PCP including magnesium. I assume you have had all your serum vitamin, mineral and electrolytes levels measured. If not you might want to request that these be done.

Once your B12 levels return to normal you may experience a decrease in your symptoms. I hope you will find this to be true. Please let us know how you are doing.

Best of Luck to You,
~Tuck
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