Take heart, Tara, It sounds like you, at the very least, have a vitamin deficiency. A lack of B vitamins and magnesium can cause tingling, B12 , zinc a loss of taste I would spend the next two months trying supplements to correct before reconsidering more serious medications.. (bravo for quitting, these meds have serious side effects and at 21, would have likely given you problems later in life...they have helped others but it's a trade off with the other problems they cause in the long term like diabetes, liver dysfunction, blood pressure, etc) You can email me for suggested vitamins. Get your doc to test B12 and D in your blood, and review this site for other symptoms.http://www.health-science-spirit.com/deficiency.html
Some docs are quick to diagnose, some make sure they've done the necessary blood work to rule out other causes. This site shows what to ask http://www.cfstreatment.info/quick_start_guide_for_practition.htm. Some have had a dramatic improvement on VitD alone. (3000-5000 iu a day)!
If boosting with supplements doesn't help, then I would focus on CFS treatments, these sites have helped me
http://www.treatmentcenterforcfs.com/ (if considering anti-viral)
http://www.theroadback.org/ (highlights what vit deficiencies result from meds)
best of luck and stay strong, with help and perseverance, life will get better, Laura
"There are many possible causes taste loss – some more easily treated than others. One of the more easily treated causes are vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Vitamin B and zinc seem to be particularly implicated in taste loss.
Some experts believe that as many as 40% of otherwise healthy men and women have a B12 deficiency and are not aware of it. B12 is an essential vitamin that helps develop red blood cells, preventing anemia. It also helps ensure nerve health.
B12 is found in meat, milk, cheese, ice cream, fish, eggs, and poultry. As we age, the body is less able to absorb this important vitamin, so it uses up its reserves which can result in anemia and other health problems.
Symptoms of anemia include: weakness, fatigue, lightheadedness, pale skin color, diarrhea or constipation, bleeding gums, a sore, red tongue, rapid heartbeat (or chest pain), shortness of breath upon exertion and taste loss.
If the deficiency has caused damage to the brain and nerve cells, these symptoms may be evident: numbness or tingling in fingers and toes, forgetfulness, confusion, depression, poor balance and coordination, difficulty thinking and concentrating, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), impaired judgment or impulse control (personality changes), difficulty sensing vibration and dementia.
A simple blood test can check for anemia. Fortunately, B12 deficiency is easy to treat. Supplements are widely available from any pharmacy without a prescript
ion. However, oral supplements are not the first line of treatment. More often a physician will prescribe a B12 shot because it gets into your system much more quickly and in a much larger dose. After these initial shots, you will need to continue to take a B12 oral supplement for the rest of your life to prevent the return of the symptoms of this deficiency.
Taste loss from a B12 deficiency can take over three months to return after treatments begin. In most cases of mild deficiency it will return to normal. "
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