Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms
Posted by bvitamins on March 29, 2008
It pays to know what the vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms are, because otherwise you might be in for an unpleasant surprise, health-wise.
It’s fascinating that a B12 deficiency can mimic so many incurable diseases, some of which include:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Guillian-Barre Syndrome
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”)
Now that isn’t to say that everyone who has one of these diseases is also B12 deficient; only that because B12 is critical for neural functions that its lack can make it look like one of these.
And since a B12 deficiency is curable and the above aren’t…wouldn’t you say that getting a test to screen for the deficiency is in order?
Other Signs and Symptoms
A lot of what B12 does in the body involves the nervous system, so be on the lookout for the following:
- Forgetfulness and foggy thinking, confusion
- Dementia, psychosis, depression, paranoia
- Lack of coordination and balance; clumsiness
- Tingling in the extremities
- Muscle weakness and/or pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart palpitations
- Loss of vision
- Loss of appetite
- Gastrointestinal problems
Here’s the thing; if you have one or more of these symptoms, don’t just start downing B12 supplements. Go to your health-care provider and ask to have a urinary MMA test, which is highly specific for a B12 deficiency.
If your doctor says a serum B12 test is all you need — find another doctor (at least when it comes to vitamins). Serum B12 tests have been known to give false negatives and false positives, depending on what other medications you might be taking. And either way, a false result can mean the difference between health and possibly an early death.
I highly recommend the book, Could it Be B12?by Sally M. Pacholok and Jeffrey J. Stuart.
I have have some prescription medications in the past that gave me severe side effects; in the book, I noticed many of the same symptoms…then I discovered that my medications were known to interfere with B12.
Fortunately, I got off the medicatione before any long-term damage was done. But a B12 deficiency can masquerade as so many conditions, and if they are misdiagnosed, can have dire consequences.
So, click to check out Could it Be B12?and get more information. I am so very glad that I bought this book!
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