I got my blood work test result back.
First time ever I have not been anaemic since the age of 12. ( I am now 49 - that 37 years of aneamia from being under carbed - and they blamed it on the veggie lifestyle!)
However my B12 = 211 ng/L.
I asked my GP if she could give me B12 shots if necessary - she said NO.
Are you in the UK? Have you found this?
Any way around it?
I'd change doctor or ask to see another doctor - you're entitled to a second opinion. Alternatively ask your doctor why she said no- what are her reasons. If all else fails - LIE - you could go back in month, tell them you still feel fatigued but you've been eating eggs, dairy and a bit of fish or something. Get another test done, ask again and keep pestering. I've gone from getting a jab every 3 months to every 4 weeks and it might have to be more frequent as I'm back running now and feeling shattered after a fortnight - and that was the practice nurse's suggestion!
Just had my jab today so hope to be back on form in a couple of days :-) Good luck and let us know how you get on
Hi Sunlavva, perhaps I'l come over and see you doctor! ; )
Cut off in Japan is 550. Get a doctor that is up to speed or be your on doctor as we are talking a basic vitamin here not self brain surgery. ;)
Ive given around a 100 shots to people now. I tell anyone if they are under 700 then they should consider doing shots. I tell them to read 'Could it be b12?'. Heck, most people do shots cos they find they can burn off body fat easier.
B12 shots - no negatives in your opinion?
I want to offer some words of caution here - if you consistently have low B12 for goodness sake don't wait to see if your body miraculously heals itself. I ended up seriously deficient in B12 to the point where I was presenting with signs of dementia - asking my husband what was for dinner only to be told I'd just eaten it for example. I had severe memory problems and confusion, I was so fatigued I could hardly lift my arms and thought I was destined to sit on the sofa vegetating until I died - B12 deficiency is dangerous and will kill you if you don't address it!
18 months before I'd had emergency surgery and half of my colon was removed - I was forever telling the doctors about the fatigue and confusion and how ill I felt and they did regular blood tests as I was on some horrible meds. One day a different doctor said - did you know your B12 was low, that can make you tired then carried on and said 'well you can't absorb it from food as you've had the terminal ileum removed'.
They did another test to confirm it was still low and started giving me jabs - as soon as they took effect the fatigue lifted and I was well again. I went from being unable to walk more than a couple of yards to being able to run and am back to running long distance again now but find I need more frequent injections as the mileage increases.
I was suffering from fatigue for years, normal blood tests came back fine - not anaemic. No one thought to test for B12 as most 'healthy' people will have sufficient stores, my digestive system was shot and I wasn't absorbing it efficiently even before surgery so as soon as I had the op the stores dropped to dangerous levels. I wouldn't wish the effects of true deficiency on my worst enemy.
yes it would be lovely in an ideal world if we could get every nutrient we needed from natural plant foods but there are lots of reasons why we may not be able to including depleted soils but also our previous diets - if like me you ate a normal 'healthy' diet by British standards for over 45 years the damage won't disappear overnight just because I'm eating raw now.
Good reminder Sunluvva. ANYBODY with a history of digestive issues would be wise to do a course of b12 shots and see if they notice any improvements over the following months/years.
Ive rarely met an elite athlete that doesnt do b12 shots. Its only a handful and they still supp b12 though.
That's really interesting, my digestion has been shot for years, I sometimes cannot even digest fruit mono meals but I had never thought this would affect B12 absorption (doh!) or that lack of it covered so many of the symptoms I have been coping with fro the last 7 years. This is such an eye opener.
Thanks for the endorsement DR.
If your GP is un-cooperative it might be worth paying out for a private assessment, perhaps at Bupa type hospital rather than an 'alternative' one. If the results warrant B12 jabs go to your GP with them. I say a Bupa type place as all the doctors there are usually working for the NHS too so the GP can't brush it off as some kind of unproven naturalistic hype - if you understand my meaning!
Yes, I think this is the route I will try. Thanks!
Very interesting, thanks for sharing.