Panic attacks, Paranoia &B12 def.

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So, I have these questions today:  Who has dealt with panic attacks and how severe where they? Were they triggered by something? What about paranoia, how serious does it get? How did you feel in both these situations?

These questions are related to Severe B12 deficiency.

Would like your inputs, thanks.

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    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




    It is also important that your Folate level is monitored as this is essential to process the B12.

    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 

    I am not a medically trained person but I've had Pernicious Anaemia (a form of B12 deficiency) for more than 45 years.

    I wish you well. 

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      Yes. I have been experiencing this lately. I had no idea what was happening and it took a lot of research until I realized the panic attacks were related to my PA.  Started in December last year out of the blue.  Awful! I have some coping techniques that work well enough to get to work and function, but it is not fun.  What has your experience been like? Maybe I can help. 
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      Thanks for your reply! My experience has been absolutely terrible!! I have specific triggers though, my panic attacks don't come out of the blue, also they can be worse according to the time of the month (as well as depression and anxiety). Since I started taking b12 in higher doses I feel better.

      What are your coping techniques if i may ask?


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