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If b12 comes back okay, what next?

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QuestionableMouse Thu 30-Jun-16 16:42:39

I'm feeling crap at the moment - tired, a bit depressed, keep getting weird feelings I random body parts, headaches. I'm getting my b12 levels checked but if they come back okay, what should I look at next? Thyroid, diabetes and FBC have all come back normal.

I've been to the doctor's three times now and I feel like they don't want to take me seriously.

HeyMacWey Thu 30-Jun-16 16:44:21

Vit D?

HeyMacWey Thu 30-Jun-16 16:45:18

How tired are you?
Just a bit more tired than usual, or so tired that your entire body feels like it's been hit by a bus?

QuestionableMouse Thu 30-Jun-16 17:37:11

I'm somewhere between the two. I'm really struggling at work because I'm exhausted towards the end of my shifts.

MangoMoon Thu 30-Jun-16 18:05:44

Folate levels as well?

B12 & Folic Acid work together to help absorb iron.

Think you need good b12 to absorb folate properly, and good folate to absorb the iron properly iirc.

(Am not a doctor or anything remotely medical though, this is just something I've been through myself).

PaintedDrivesAndPolishedGrass Thu 30-Jun-16 18:07:44

How old are you Op?

QuestionableMouse Thu 30-Jun-16 18:14:57

31. I'm normally in good health. Just over the last few months I've been having weird symptoms.

I have what the doctor thinks is sciatica I my left leg but I don't think it is.

Sausagedog21 Thu 30-Jun-16 22:18:21

Vitamin D
Iron stores -particularly ferritin levels, I've had to be prescribed Iron Sulphate after latter was virtually non-existent and was exhausted/hair falling out etc.

QuestionableMouse Thu 30-Jun-16 23:15:14

I might buy a vit D supplement tomorrow.

I was checked for anaemia a month ago and told my iron levels are fine.

NoMudNoLotus Thu 30-Jun-16 23:27:36

Please don't buy Vit D - wait until they have tested your levels (HCP here).

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 01-Jul-16 06:48:03

I would have your thyroid gland levels rechecked.

MangoMoon Fri 01-Jul-16 08:29:16

Full blood works all looked at together should give a better picture.

For eg a couple of time my iron levels came back as just above the minimum ok level, but looked at in conjunction with everything else they were too low.

I can't remember the technicalities, but it was something like I had small blood cells & the volume of cells was low.
So although my iron levels were technically good there wasn't enough of it.

Also, iron stores are important too - once your stores drop below a certain level then it means you use all the energy quickly with nothing in reserve.

Pleasemrstweedie Fri 01-Jul-16 12:07:09

B12 needs to be at least 500 and probably nearer 1000 to be optimal.

Being inside the reference range is not good enough.

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