I've been told by my doctor ive low b12

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i have been told been told couple months ago i have low b12 and have been getting disturbed eye sit street lights or any lights in my house blur in my eyes and then sometime ill see like blurry lights in?front me swirling in?front me could this be something to do with the low b 12 or something comptly differnt i have autism and adhd and get meds for that .

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    Hi David.

    What has your doctor given you for your low Vitamin B12?

    Vision distortion, e.g. seeing stars, or double vision  Intolerance to loud sounds, flashing lights and  Poor Night vision are just three of the many symptoms of a B12 deficiency and raising your levels may help a little with your autism.

    Have you ever had your eyesight test by an optometrist (or optician)? If not - ask your doctor to refer you to one.

    I am not a medically trained person but I've had Pernicious Anaemia (a form of B12 deficiency) for more than 46 years.

    I wish you well.

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      Depending on how low your B12 level was and how long you were low will determine the length of time it will take for you to feel better. It is not am overnight "cure".

      As long as you are able to absorb nutrients via your digestion the tablets will restore your level of B12 in your liver where we normally have several years worth stored.

      We need to constantly "top up" that store in the liver and the natural source of B12 is from food derived from animals. Are you able to eat **meat, fish, seafood, poultry, eggs and dairy produce for example, cheese, milk etc?

      In addition we also need to eat foods high in Folate such as Sprouts, Broccoli, Asparagus, Spinach, Peas, Beans etc. Several breakfast cereals are now *fortified * with folic acid.

      Hopefully you are not Vegan or Vegetarian. and can regularly eat meals which contain elements of both B12 and Folate.

      An Autism spectrum disorder can mimic the signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency.

      Symptoms of B12 deficiency tend to develop slowly and may not be recognised immediately. As the condition worsens, common symptoms include:

      Weakness and fatigue

      Light-headedness and dizziness

      Palpitations and rapid heartbeat

      Shortness of breath

      A sore tongue that has a red, beefy appearance

      Nausea or poor appetite

      Weight loss


      Yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes

      If low levels of B12 remain for a long time, the condition also can lead to irreversible damage to nerve cells, which can cause the following symptoms:

      Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet

      Difficulty walking

      Muscle weakness


      Memory loss




      I hope you feel better soon.

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      hi i eat lot meat and dairy prodocts i find eating fish or veg imposblie because i have sensory problems i waiting to get test done for my nerves in arm and hand cause sometimes it can be comptly numb

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      If you don't eat leafy green vegetable you may be Folate deficient.

      There is a complex interaction between folic acid, vitamin B12 and iron. A deficiency of one may be "masked" by excess of another so the three must always be in balance.

      Symptoms of a folate deficiency can include:

      symptoms related to anaemia

      reduced sense of taste


      numbness and tingling in the feet and hands

      muscle weakness


      Folic acid works closely with vitamin B12 in making red blood cells and helps iron function properly in the body and your B12 levels are "bumping along the bottom of the range.

      Please ask your doctor to test your Folate level. It may be that he will prescribe you with Folic acid tablets.

      Your numbness may also be caused by your low B12 so it's a double whammy.

      Take care now.

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      Lets hope the tinted glasses will help - mine are tinted too as I cannot stand bright lights.

      As to the anxiety you feel taking the B12 what is making you feel like this? Is it the taste or that you have to hold them in your mouth?

      Please, if you can - don't worry about them as stress uses up B12 and don't be afraid of overdosing as any excess is excreted via your urine. They are quite harmless.

      If you really cannot manage the tablets you could ask your doctor to give you an injection instead. That's how I am treated.

      Please remember I am not a medically trained person and your doctor is the best person to speak to.

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      its mot taken or the taste i was fine on them a night i get paranoid and annixty it seem to make it worse my heart was going was worse any time i had anxity at night i dont know why tho

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      You really do need to try and not worry. It is not unknown that taking B12 can cause a slight heart "flutter" but it should not make you alarmed about it.

      When do you take the tablet - in the morning or at night?

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      i have lived on own for bout year and had to move cause someone set fire to my old flat at 2 in the morning i have had really bad anxity taken panic attacks sense then hardly sleep and told my doctors and they have not done anything to help me

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