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I'm a bloke in his mid 30s. I've just been diagnosed with PA. Luckiky, my doctor (NHS) was on the ball and, presented with my symptoms, immediately requested a blood test with, crucially, a B12 check. My B12 count turned out to be just 66. Doctor immediately put me on a course of five B12 injections. I've just had my second jab but actually feel a lot worse than I did before, Has anyone else experienced this?
My main symptoms remain as follows: dizziness, extreme tiredness (going to bed at 8.30pm) and brain fog.
I've a toddler, my day job requires a lot of judgement calls and I'm volunteer lifeboat crew often getting paged in middle of the night, so these symptoms are impacting heavily on all areas of my life. While i know I will need injections for life, I'm keen to get it managed ASAP. How successful are the injections likely to be?
I've been told I'm missing intrinsic factor (hence the IV approach) but I've nonetheless started upping my fruit and veg intake through shakes each morning (made with coconut water for extra potassium and magnesium while keeping sugar content down). Is it correct these two minerals are needed for the B12 shots to work?
With no chance of overdosing on B12, I'm keen to explore other ways to bump up my intake. Anyone had much success with B12 patches?
Finally, I might be prempting the doctor but from what I've read many people have struggled to obtain the required number of B12 shots. Is it safe ordering online? I'd be comfortable self-medicating.
Can anyone give me any advice, please?
Thanks for reading.
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