Nerve damage due to low B-12 levels?

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   Posted 4/5/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
about a year ago I changed my GI doc to one closer to where I live now. Since then every visit he preaches to me that nerve damage can be caused by low B-12 levels and it cannot be repaired. No GI has ever told me this before.
I started having general all over the body type pain about 6 years ago. Eventually they diagnosed me with Fibro. so when I had my colonoscopy last week and he reminded me again about the importance of B-12 I came home and like a lightbulb going on in my brain I wondered, is my non stop constant pain in joints and muscles from nerve damage and NOT fibro?
I am just curious if others have had this warning from their doc's?
And to those with poor absorption or resections..... TAKE YOUR B-12 SHOTS REGULARLY!!!
Dx in 83.  3 Resections 83,86 & 89.  Double strictureplasty 05. 
Dx'd with COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2001 Fibromyalgia 2005. 

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   Posted 4/5/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Never had this warning but I have had the signs of B-12 deficincy and know that nerve damage can be irreversible at times. I see you have had numerous GI surgeries which would absolutely put you at risk.
This is an important subject which has been terribly underlooked in IBD. Glad you brought it up. Your new doc sound like he is on the ball.
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   Posted 4/5/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I Know am am so bad about remembering to get them when I am at the doctors office, I was better when I could give them to myself. I had to qiut in 2003 after I lost so much wieght and had a hard time giving it. (i always was taught to do it in my leg and they got to small along with my upper arms)I know I have to be better at this But the doctors office isnt good about reminding you either!!!!
Dx: Crohns 1987 probually had since 1982 resections in 1992 an 2002
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   Posted 4/6/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I forget to go to my Docs office every 2 weeks. I shouldn't because I know how critical they are for me.

My question is, who do I ask about giving them at home?

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with pancreatitis

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