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Hi I'm new on here, I have not been diagnosed with PA, but have started treatment for low B12 levels yesterday, my level was 112 - my sister has PA so it is a possibility but my intrinsic factor tests were not abnormal so they are not entirely sure what has caused my low levels. My Dr ordered the tests as I am having difficulty swallowing. I have had many symptoms over the years which have all been blamed on my diabetes (even though my blood sugars have been excellent for many years) - nerve pain in left leg, almost permanent pins & needles and 'buzzing' feeling in my left foot, have been exhausted but put this down to all the nerve & muscle pain I've been experiencing, I seen the Dr about 2 yrs ago for 'palpitations' and was sent for an ECG which was normal, I have IBS, I've had problems with my mouth for about 2 years but was told to drink plenty of fluids and that I may have chelitis, I get cold feet and hands, get dizzy every day at some point but was told that was my BP medications, and suffer cramp even though I drink about twice as much water as recommended on a daily basis as my mouth is always so dry, and probably not connected to the B12 but I also suffer from short menstrual cycles and have been unable to concieve in the last 10 years with my 2nd husband but they could not ever find a cause. As I am diabetic I was taking a high dose folic acid prescribed by the Dr of 5mg per day - I've since found out this can actually mask B12 deficiency (although I am unsure why).
Anyhow, from looking back in my records it doesn't look like this blood test was ever done and it makes me wonder if I could have had this for years unbeknown to me and whether alot of the symptoms mentioned above were due to B12 levels and not diabetes.
So I am wondering how long it takes these injections to make a difference - I've had one shot yesterday and have 4 more to go over the next 10 days. If these shots help with any of nerve pain it will make such a difference to my life, I've had steroid injections into nerves and tried all sorts of medication with no success. Sort of hoping now that they've found this deficiency it may be the answer to a few of my medical issues over the last couple of years - although I'm not sure at 43yrs of age I suddenly want my fertility to return but my husband would be over the moon lol
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