Worse after taking Folate

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I had a lot of bloods done and was told my B12 was quite low and have been prescribed 5mg of folate to take everyday for 3 months. The problem is I had numbness and trapped nerve feelings in hands and legs before but since taking the tablets my legs and feet have been so painful! They'll just throb like electric shocks in all different parts or my thighs, inner thighs, calf and around I knees..even my big toe! has anyone else had this when trying to treat it? I've read sometimes the nerves can get 'awoken' when you try to heal it?

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    It is not uncommon for some symptoms to appear to get worse before they get better as the B12 you are having starts repairing the damage done to your nervous system and your brain starts getting multiple messages from part of the body it had "forgotten about" or lost contact with.

    Folate works with B12 to make red blood cells.

    I sometimes liken it to a badly tuned radio on which you have turned the volume up high trying to catch the programme you want when all of a sudden the signal comes in loud and clear and the blast nearly deafens you.

    A lot will depend on the severity and longevity of your B12 deficiency as to how long before there is no further improvement or recovery. Some symptoms will "disappear" quite quickly whereas others may take months or even years.

    There is no set timescale as we are all different.

    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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