Please help, severe vitamin b12 defiency, onset of dementia

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Hi everyone, I'm 23 years old. For about a year now I have suffered from symptoms of severe vitamin b12 deficiency. For the past year I have been unable to treat it because I didn't know what it was. But now I am so scared  because I think I started to get dementia. I have had memory problems and cognitive problems for 3 years now, but these past three months it has really progressed into something i can't control. Most importantly, I feel myself getting confused about the simplest things, genuinely confused. I feel anxious but i can't calm myself down. It gets I know untreated vitamin deficiency can cause dementia. 

I need help. I live with my parents and don't work. I tried to get my family to the doctor but they don't believe me. I am getting really hopeless, I am considering suicide because i don't want to lose my mind, but there is no way out. Can someone give me advice or guidance on what to do?

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    Hi, please go to your doctor he will refer you to a memory clinic of some sort to find out what is going on, you don't have to deal with this alone please seek help, my dad had dementia, will your parents not go with you? Xx
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    Don't lose hope. Call a friend or relative, now. Please, go to a doctor and explain what you have said here. Don't do anything dangerous. We care for you. You will get the help you need. You will get better.

    I am praying for you.


    KIrk  :-)

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    Hello Simplelife92 i really hate that you are going through all of this. I want to tell you that there are people like myself that care. Have you tried contacting an agency in your town that will help you with medical. If you have no income they may even have no cost please never give up, there is a way.
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    It will be very difficult, but I recommend trying to explain to your parents that you are feeling suicidal BECAUSE you are so frightened and feeling hopeless with your mental state.  This is very different from feeling suicidal because of depression, and needs different actions taken.

    There is no guarantee that your parents will respond well, as I do not know your parents.  Some parents may write it off as their child being dramatic, attention seeking, or something of the sort.  By your post, it is evident that this is NOT TRUE of you. 

    If you are having symptoms so severe that it concerns you like this, you really DO need to be seen by a doctor.  Do you live in the US?  (all I know is not the UK)  In the US, you can go and be seen at a clinic, or go to the Emergency Room.  If you try to seek care without your parents help, I would tell the doctor or admitting staff that the "reason for being seen" is that you feel very confused, cannot remember things, anxious, and suicidal. I would not go into anywhere, or to your parents for that matter, focusing on the vitamin B12 deficiency. 

    Unfortunately, you may be right.  This could all be caused by a B12 deficiency... but people don't want to hear your Dr. Google diagnosis.  I learned this the hard way.  Let other people feel empowered, and like the smart ones to figure it out, and help them to take you seriously by explaining what you KNOW (your symptoms), not what you SUSPECT. 

    PS.  Have you tried picking up some B12?  No matter where you live a bottle of vitamins is usually not that expensive.  It is more important to get an actual diagnosis and work up for what is causing this, but in the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to try taking vitamins.  These are also some excellent food sources of B12.

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    Hi i am 52 i have mystery chronic aches and pains for the last two years,chronic exhaustion i am diabetic i saw 2 consultants one who said all my pains were diabetic related and i told my doctor that its not that as ive read the signs of diabetic nerve damage,finally a few weeks ago my doctor did a b12 test which was low so he gave me one injection straight away by the next day i could feel an improvement i hadnt realised but i was getting really confused i would point to someting and say to my husband can you pass me that thingy,my husband said what did you mean i couldnt think what the thing i wanted was called,i thought i was getting dementia,as i had 3 injections for two weeks i had a big improvement my brain seemed much clearer and i was getting my memory back. im now waiting 8 weeks for an injection every 12 weeks at the doctors,im sure the doctor must have thought i was an hypochondriac because i kept complaining of widespread pain,although im a very upbeat person i would just sit watching tv and fall fast asleep for hours on end,i have seen 2 consultants,had occupational therapy that was no good because my hands became paralised and unable to bend fingers,then i had physio,i just felt like falling asleep and not waking up i was totally exhausted,please go to your doctors and get tested because there are a lot of people who say their brain is foggy with b12 deficiency,i know you will feel sick of going doctors but you have to keep going till they do something,if you are b12 deficient you will notice your thinking much better,im still having some numbness in hands and feet but im going to keep going back till im sorted,i hope you go to the doctors and get the help you need,if it is b12 deficiency,if you have to go on your own its worth it,hope you get sorted and feel better soon.
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