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I'm a 24 year old female who had no medical history or issues until April of this year. In April, I was sitting in a business meeting out of town when suddenly my heart just began racing for no reason. This was quickly accompanied with numbness sensations. Let me just clear up now, this is not a "pins and needles" type sensation. The only way I know to decribe it is as if there is no blood circulation. Anways, it started in my feet and lower legs and before I knew it this sensation was running up my arms and finally my face around my mouth. I panicked and quickly exited the meeting where I spent an hour walking around, splashing water on my face - I felt like I was losing my mind. I finally returned to the meeting, never comfortable, and flew back home that evening. I was freeked out, but I attributed this to extreme exhaustion from a busy work week combined with travel and little sleep. Unfortunately, since the moment the sensation came upon me it never fully left. I spent days feeling insane yet maintaining my composure, until the day I broke. I was out for lunch very relaxing day even though I felt bad.All morning I couldn't feel my feet, legs, hands, face, neck, arms, NOTHING. Then, the rapid heartbeat returned. This time it was accompanied with dizziness and this terrible feeling that I couldn't breathe. I truly believed I was dying. I told my boyfriend I had to go to the ER immediately. The ER basically told me I had panic disorder, gave me a klonopin, and told me to see a doctor. I saw a doctor, she immediately drew all sorts of blood and told me my b12 was low. She called me in a few weeks worth of shots and explained that once the shots were done, I wouldn't need anything further. She then insisted that Xanex would fix the real problem. Her explanation: She partially attributed the numbness to being deficeint in B12. The real problem: Anxiety. The "acute" numbness sent my anxiety through the roof, this caused my numbness to become worse and also caused the shortness of breath and rapid heart rate. Here I am, six months later. The doctor I was seeing bumped my Xanex all the way up to a total of 1.5 MG Daily. This helped, but not completely. I'm a logical person, and I know there is no way I suddenly developed such severe anxiety that this is what I have to take to feel relatively normal. I HATE XANEX. Fortunately, I am stubborn, and I've continued to take 2500 MCG B12 Vitamins OTC despite my doctors advice (she never rechecked it to see if my levels were in normal range). Yesterday, I finally had enough of popping Benzos all the day long and saw a new doctor. I asked the doctor to please draw blood and test my B12 level and she agreed. I am still awaiting the results. The issue now is that the Doctor saw how much Xanex I'd been prescribed and panicked. Her solution: She cut me down to 0.5 MG QD and gave me no alternative medication. I begged her to the point of tears to be put on something less aggressive to help ween me off and told her I couldn't function day to day without something. So, she prescribed me Propanalol - A MEDICATION FOR HYPERTENSION - Reasoning this would help my rapid heart beat sensations and shortness of breath and Hydroxyzine Pamoate - AN ANTIHISTAMINE - Saying this would help me feel calm. HOW DOES THIS HELP ME WITH NUMBNESS OVER 95% OF MY BODY? Doesn't. This is what brings me here. The doctors I saw never mentioned Pernicious Anemia to me, but a doctor (ophthalmologist) I work closely with did. I looked it up, I took a questionairre - it's all there. I am convinced I have this. And I even read that it is commonly misdiagnosed as anxiety. I've contacted my doctor and left a message with her nurse asking if she would look into this. So now, my question is has anyone out there felt these similar things? If so, how are you coping? I'm also curious to know what dosage/freq of B12 people who are experiencing symptoms as severe as mine are taking. Any feedback is welcomed!
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