Does this sound like a b12 deficiency? Feeling lost

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HELP! I've had blood counts, liver tests and iron level tests done. My haemoglobin and vitamin D came out as a tiny bit low but not too much to worry about. And now I'm lost as to what else I should do, the doctors now say that my symptoms are nothing sad

I'm 19, female, with premature grey hair, a whooshing sound in my right ear only,

My calves get sore/tender really easily, people have been saying I look really pale, my thumbnails have developed horizontal ridges across them which are on my toes as well. Some of my toe nails are dull/purple in colour and I used to get shooting pains in them but not anymore. It's just the skin under my toenails, so it's not raynauds.

I'm only feeling a little tired and my brain feels a little fogged too, my confidence has dropped and ive been anxious about going to university when I'm usually fine with it. These days I just want to be left alone most the time.

I also have this stitch like pain just below my right lower ribs everytime I walk, it doesn't seem to go away as it's always there when I'm just walking 5 minutes. I've also recently started to get itchy red hives on my skin, usually after I get stressed out or sweat, but I've never experienced this before and I'm using natural body washes that I've always used.

Are these significant symptoms?? I feel like something needs to be fixed but my doctors don't seem to agree. what else could this be? Thank you.

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    Fadhilah, have you had your B12 tested? At least a few of your symptoms fit with B12 deficiency. 

    I think doctors are used to worse symptoms than yours but like many of us on here, I'm annoyed with the attitude that if a patient isn't gravely ill, s/he is fine. Clearly, you're I think the next step is to see what other tests can be done, like B12 levels. 

    Also, have you seen a dermatolgist? You could have your hives and nails investigated. It's a different angle to look at, and maybe the pieces are related somehow. 

    It sounds like you're usually healthy and too young to have so many symptoms. You're right not to give up! Please keep us posted...Good Luck!


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      Thanks for the reply! I don't know too much about b12 but could you tell which ones you believe specifically fit with b12 deficiency?

      I had a friend suggest it could be

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      Sorry accidentally pressed send

      * I had a friend suggest it could be B12, then when I suggested it to the doctor they simply relied 'no don't think so' and told me I should have peace of mind now :S even though I'm still experiencing these symptoms.

      Do you think a new doctor would take me seriously if I were to just straight up ask for a b12 test to be done?

      I have not seen a dermatologist but I will seriously consider it if the doctors don't help.

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      What I read/remember, you have a few symptoms including: prematurely gray hair, tinnitus, possible nerve damage & brain fog.

      I had to have quiet, too - a big problem for me with two young boys at home and not like my usual tolerance. Any loud noises were overwhelming...exhausting, even.

      lisahelen suggested looking at the PA society a little research and you'll know if there are more signs that fit.  I didn't even KNOW I was out of breath from low b12 until a nurse asked if I had it as a symptom...meanwhile I thought I was getting "old'! Now when I walk uphill every morning, I'm fine!  I'll bet you will have a list to take to a doctor. Good luck!!

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    Ask your gp for an intrinsic factor antibodies test. It takes around 10 days for results to come back. But gps don't like.asking for test it's a costly one. Your symptoms need to be addressed seriously
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