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I have to take B-12 shots once a month. I get 1 cc.
I have been on this for about 10 years now.
It showed up after I had my Galbadder remover. I started loosing weight. I couldn't keep on track. I was tired all the time.
I was only 34 years old. I have a thyroid problem. I have been taking synthyroid ever since I was 18 years old. I got my thyroid problem from my mother. I am the only one in my family that has a B-12 problem. My parents are in their late 70's and they still do not have it. I have two sisters and one brother.
When the first blood work was done I had no B-12 at all. I was put on B-12 at high doses. Shots every other day. Then the shots went down to once a week and then once a month.
I am still at once a month shots.
Everyone around me can tell if I do not get a shot for a couple of months. They say that I look pale, I get confussed more, and I complain about my mouth hurting like I have burnt it or something. I do not feel the change or see it myself but my family can see the differance.
I do forget to get my shot. It is something that I do not put on my top things to watch out for.
B-12 disorder does not give you any pain to where you can say: "Oh, my B-12 is low I need a shot". It is not like you have a pain that tells you. You get pain in other area's of your body which you do not think of as B-12. You do not have a self test that you can take at home. You have to go to the Doctor's office and let them check it through the blood screening.
Missing a couple of months of B-12 will not show up in your blood work. Even though your body does store some B-12. I have found out the hard way that even though you do have some on reserve it isn't enough to stop some of the damage that it can cause. It does affect my nervice system. It does affect my energy level. Remembering things become a problem. It seems at times it was my thyroid but all the time it was the lack of B-12.
I just have a hard time dealing with the fact that B-12 is always talked about in older people and here I am with it starting at the age of 34 and still going on with it at the age of 44. I am the youngest of my family and I am the only one with the problem. My mother and oldest sister have thyroid problems also but their B-12 is fine.
I think there should be more test done on younger people. You do not find that much information on younger people with this problem. Even if there is I haven't read that much on the subject. It mostly talks about older people.
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