B12 deficiency anyone?

  1. I"ve been diagnosed witha B12 deficiency and the weird thing is I'm only 25! I know plenty of 90 year olds with the problem, but aren't I a little young?
    Anyone else out there with the same problem? I don't know how long I've had it but I think it's been a while. My hands and feet are always tingling and turning numb, so I think it's given me some nerve damage. Is this common? I hate giving myself the IM injections, but with the hours I work, I can't get myself to a doctor during business hours.
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  3. by   prn nurse
    I've always given and seen it ordered SQ with a little 25 gauge needle.. what is your dose and how often do you have to take it? do you have pernicious anemia? Make the doc explain everything....is it a vit B12 deficiency or is it P.A. ? Ask for copies of lab results for your files and always follow up on labs in a month or two.
  4. by   prn nurse
    i went to google.com and typed in pernicious anemia and read all that stuff and then clicked on schilling test....that's real interesting and explains various causes of b12 deficiency. did you have a schilling test?
  5. by   adrienurse
    Yeah I had schilling test. What fun that was. I was working the night I was collecting the urine, so I had to do it very discretely. I have no pride. Makes a good story though.

    Had a whole bunch of bloodwork done, saw a hematologist. I am completely unable to absorb B12 in my gut. I've been sentenced to a lifetime of monthly shots. Dose is 1000 mcg IM q month. Would much rather give shots SC, but unclear as to whether absorption is as good. I'm feeling symptomatic after only 3 weeks since last shot. Co-worker suggested that since you cannot OD on the stuff I should take it based on syptoms returning. Haven't cleared this with my MD. Hate my doctor. Want to find a new one, but not easy to do in Winnipeg Manitoba.

    Any more advice greatly appreciated!
  6. by   prn nurse
    My sister used to go to a 'fat doctor" once a week. He gave her B12 injections twice a month. She also got it SQ. I recall she said she absorbed it very quickly as within an hour or two, she could taste the vitamin in her mouth and smell it when she exhaled...this only lasted a few hours she said.

    Before I'd start self medicating, I'd write all my questions down, and discuss options with my doctor. I would also question a few more docs, the ones you run into at work, and research more on net...there's a club for everything it seems.

    It seems you need more information.

    There's a lot worse things than taking a monthly B12 shot for the rest of your life.

    I remember when the doctor told me I'd have to take a hormone pill every day for the rest of my life. It really bothered me cause I'd always been in perfect health. And now, ...I wasn't. I hated the idea of being dependent on that little pill for normal, good health. It bothered me for about a year. I guess I semi-grieved losing my ""perfect"" health for that long.

    You'll be all right.
  7. by   adrienurse
    Thanks, I think I will.
  8. by   Kayzee
    I had a gastrectomy when I was 24, and have to have B12 injections monthly which I give to myself. I also feel that tingling in finger tips. I use a TB syringe since I'm on the thin side. doc said this is fine. Injections don't bother me at all. I never notice any symptoms of B12 deficiency so they must be working.