Folic Acid

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Over the past year I have been experiencing chronic leg cramps, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss and some other minor issues. After going for a routine blood test I was recently diagnosed with mild B12 deficiency (163) and Folate deficiency (3.4). I completed a course of 5 b12 injections at the GP and have just finished 28 days of 5mg of Folic acid. My question is has anyone experienced a return of their symptoms immediately after finishing the treatment? Within 24 hours the diarrhea and insomnia has returned as well as the leg cramps.

Thanks in advance for any response.

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    Not familiar with this situation, sorry, but it's easy enough to keep on B12 and folate supplements at home, are you doing that?

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    • Posted

      I should be getting enough in my diet as I eat well enough. My previous blood test at the GP 2 years ago was fine and my diet etc is the same.

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    I would think that you would have to continue the injections.. my mom does it to herself ( maybe niece does it for her) but thought it was once a month.

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    My folic acid has been as low as 1.3, then when I take folic acid tablets 5mg it whizzes up to 20. When I stop it drops again. I just take a tablet per week now.

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      If you don't mind my asking is that on the recommendation of a Dr and if so, did they give you an explanation for your diminished levels despite your taking Folic Acid?

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      One doctor gave me the 5mg daily ones and after a blood test I noticed the figures had rocketted so I talked to my normal GP who set I did not want the results going up and down so suggested I just took one a week. The other GP had said that as you get older your folic acid tends to get depleted

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