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My health has really deteriorated over the last 2 years and I've seen many GP's and consultants and been through a range of possible diagnoses such as PCOS/pituitary tumour.
Two years ago I started suffering with severe headaches, this was when i noticed the start of my health deteriorating, since then I've suffered many symptoms, the one I struggle with most is severe fatigure. I also suffer with shortness of breath after little exertion, dizziness, pale skin, weakness, lack of coordination, unsteadiness, foggy brain, impaired memory, moods swings, weight gain, irregular periods and many more. I also was diagnosed with a benign essential tremor shortly after feeling ill, with no explanation for the cause.
I have had many blood tests over the two years, I suffered with high abnormal LFT's that were never explained. My FSH to LH ratio was 3 to 1 hence why they suggested PCOS but after an ultrasound they ruled that out. My prolactin levels were high, so I was sent for an MRI which then ruled out a pituitary tumour.
My mum then spoke to a friend who coincidently suffers with pernicious anaemia and suggested I take B12 supplements, I followed her advice and I couldn't believe the difference it made, I had so much more energy in me and I was finally able to excercise and complete my work without having to have constant breaks. I hadn't felt so well since before it all started. I wasn't sure if this was down to a placebo effect, but after forgetting to take my supplement for a while my symptoms came rushing back, this happened twice and so I finally decided I needed to speak to my GP and consultant about it.
My GP stated that my previous bloods last year showed a normal level of vitamin B12, but he would send me for a repeat. After being frustrated at this and looking at research I rechecked my old blood results to find that my ferritin levels have been consistently low but never brought to my attention and I also had unsual levels in my FBC some results would be above range and some below, none of them brought to my attention either.
I am so tired of being ill and I'm really looking for the answer, even though my GP was pessimistic about it being a B12 deficiency, he said it was unusual that I had such a positive reaction to the supplement. I also suffered with anorexia when I was 13-16 and I have always wondered if there was a link between that and my illness today. If anybody could help in anyway possible I would be very grateful!
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