Thanks for coming by Deb....I've had my B12 checked for years. Of course, mine is super high due to liver disease, so I can't take too much of it.
Many patients eating habits and depletion of B12 could be for various reasons, possibly before UC or from an ongoing issue not even suspected.
It's great that your UC is under control and that someone had the thought to test you for B12 deficiency.
It may be that it wouldn't directly happen from UC....but that doesn't mean that one shouldn't be checked for it considering the obvious B12 deficiency symptoms you were having.
All I can say is the doctors were lax in that issue. But, I think it's misleading to claim that B12 will get you into remission, but B12 is definitely an important vitamin that can cause all sorts of confusing symptoms.
I wish you a very long remission!!
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!