Finally went to my doc about my symptoms

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   Posted 9/16/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
After not taking my usual B-100 from last Fri my symptoms crept back in and were at full force by Tuesday evening! The usual muscle twitches, anxiety, thumping heart beat, extreme fatigue for most of the day, dry mouth, short term memory problems, blurred vision, concentration issues among others are now back.

There were so many symptoms that I had to write them all down in my Iphone and show him them! I couldn't believe how many there were until I wrote them!

Anyway, he has ordered a folic acid and B12 test. I heard that they don't really test for magnesium so I requested that and he is going to do that, too, as well as a ECG for my heart just to see if there is any underlying cause.

Does anybody think he should have thrown in an iron blood test in there, too, though? As it is the most common deficiency in the world, apparently. And the fact that he's not ordered testing for the other B vitamins concerns me.

Anyway, I'm confident that this is a good start. I think when I told him that when I said that going on a B-100 improved my life and then the symptoms returning once I came off them must have struck something with him.

I have a lot of B-100 left in my drawer but my test is on Tuesday and I don't want the test to be inaccurate by taking supplements so I'll go through feeling like hell until then.

Oh, and I'm not allergic to wheat or gluten. I reported the possibility of this back at the end of May and they tested me for it and I'm not even borderline allergic.

What are people's opinions, is this a good start or not?

Thanks for reading!

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   Posted 9/17/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to get D levels checked too. Because if that is low you get really tired. I think that you should talk to your doctor about whether you should take your supplemants oir not before your testing. He would have the best answer.

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   Posted 9/17/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Lee_S, having the B12 and folic acid tests is an excellent place to start.
I don't know how old you are, but people who are over 45 are recommended to take a hydrochloric acid supplement since production of hydrochloric acid slows down as one ages. (And it's hydrochloric acid that enables your body to use vitamin B12.) So you may very easily be short on B 12.  Betaine Hydrochloride is usually recommended as a hydrochloric acid supplement--that or taking a B12 shot rather routinely.

Folic acid is one of the B series of vitamins and is especially effective in the nervous system, as are all the vitamins B in the series.

Iron deficiency will leave you primarily with fatigue. You mention that so it's possible you do have that deficiency. One has to be careful about too much iron ingestion, not so much with the B series; they are excreted within hours of taking, much like vitamin C.

Be sure you're taking high quality vitamins. If you don't know whether the ones you are taking are high quality, ask your pharmacist.

It will be interesting to see what the tests show regarding your vitamin B12
and folic acid levels. I'm glad that you're getting positive results from taking
the B series. Actually, however, you should be taking the whole range of vitamins to get the most valuable positive response from them.  And, remember, vitamins are useless to the system unless you have adequate mineral levels to metabolize them!

Take care.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 9/17/2011 9:23:12 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/18/2011 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses, guys!

Karen, I have been taking D supplements for a while now.

I've decided not to return to taking my supplements including the B's. I want to lead the typical life that I was before I took them. I believe doing this will give the most accurate test results.

I take the whole range of B vitamins. I did take B12 on it's own, sublingually, but it did nothing for me. I've done a lot of research in the past and even though B12 can cause issues, I've learnt that a B1 deficiency can also cause a fair share of problems, too.

As for the iron, it was just a thought more than anything else. I know about the possibility of toxicity when taking that vitamin so that is why I did not bother purchasing it. I have heard that you should only take an iron supplement if you really know you are deficient!

It's_Genetic, what minerals does the body need to successfully metabolize the B vitamins? As long as there is no risk of toxicity then I could buy these necessary minerals just in case. And I have just turned 30, but I have been feeling low for a fair while now, much longer before my 30th birthday. I am a wheelchair user and I go long distances in my chair. I have come to realise that B vitamins are water soluble, so I am wondering if my activity has contributed toward it. I have also had lots of surgery and know that anaesthesia can also deplete B vitamins.

Thank you for the help and I'll report back my results when I receive them, but it may take about a week from Tuesday when I have the tests.

Post Edited (Lee_S) : 9/18/2011 12:17:22 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/18/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Lee,

The fact that you must be in a wheel chair is a significant factor in your
body's overall health, I think. It's good that you are checking into these things you are learning about. Please continue reading at your library if necessary on the roles of various vitamins in your diet.

The answer about use of minerals is just one, I think, of overall use of
minerals to support the body. Ask any pharmacist which brand he
recommends; you may not need them at all if you are finding real benefit from the vitamins you are taking. Some people don't need
either vitamins or minerals for support of their systems if their diets are healthy.

I hope the lab results come back as you hope they will.

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