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Sorry for the long post but here goes. I've been living in France for 11 years. I the uk 2 years before this I was given a routine blood test when they were investigating IBS. My B12 was found to be really low & I was put on injections which I had been having for 2 years before coming here. My French doctor here said that in France they don't give B12 injections & that this was very old fashioned & something that he hadn't seen since being in med school many moons ago. He sent me for a blood test to see what my levels were and they came back fine which I realise now that of course they would because I had been getting injections in the uk for 2 years. Any way he said I didn't need any treatment & I though great coz I hated having injections anyway. Years go by and as I was veggie and was getting many of the symptoms on B12 def I decided to start taking a Tesco multi vitamin (one a day). Went for another blood test coz still getting symptoms and my b12 level came back at 2600. Doc told me to stop taking the multi vit, I think he thought I was taking them by the bucket load. I did a bit of searching & found out about the further tests you can have to see if you are not able to use b12 which I thought would maybe explain why my level was so high after taking just 1 multi vitamin a day & me still having symptoms. Doc didn't have a clue about these tests and said they weren't available in france as far as he knew but would refer me to a consultant at the hospital. Eventually got an appointment after they had passed me from pillar to post coz they didn't even know which type of doctor I should be seeing. The consultant was as much use as a choc fireguard and also didn't know of these tests and said as far as he knew they weren't available in France and I should just not take any more multi vitamins. He sent me for another blood test as some of the symptoms I had would indicate Sjorgrens Syndrome. This came back positive so they put the dry mouth, eyes, & loads of other things down to that but not the tiredness and feeling rundown all the time etc. He just told me to get tested for b12 every 6 months to keep a check on things which I have been doing as I'm now vegan so even more important I would think & to be honest haven't felt right for years. These tests have come back after the 2600 one showing 800 odd, 500 odd, 360, 300 & now the last one a week ago 190 which is on the low side but still within the lab range here of 179-800 so the doc is not going to do anything. I have done a bit of searching and ordered some under the tongue tablets, the Methylcobalamine ones which I've read are the ones that can be absorbed the best if you've got a problem along with the folic acid ones that I've read you need to help you absorb them. I don't know if I'm doing the right thing though with what the docs have said because if my next blood test is through the roof like it was last time after taking them they wont be very happy with me will they but there again I can't go on feeling like this as it's really effecting my life because I just feel like crap all the time. The other things on this last blood test are all low but just within the lab ranges but iron and vit d have been low a few times on the others which he's given me tablets and drops for. As I said so sorry for going on but I'm just so fed up with it all & would appreciate anything anyone can offer. Thanks so much!
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