It's been probably 3 years now that I've been trying to figure out what's causing my chronic fatigue, low energy, IBS and some other health issues. So far, I've received little help from doctors. I recently saw a hematologist who couldn't find anything wrong, besides confirming that my Thalassemia Minor diagnosis (at birth) is correct. He recommended I take folic acid, but doesn't think it'll improve my symptoms.
Since last year I've been getting copies of all of my blood labs to educate myself and see if there's anything the docs could have missed.
Most of my levels are in range, but some are borderline or out of range which is a bit concerning.
My Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) is 570 nmol/L (Reference range: 73 - 376). So it's elevated!
My Vitamin B12 is 211 pg/mL (Reference range: 180 - 914). On the low end.
After reading Chris Kresser's articles on B12 (http://chriskresser.com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences) my levels sure don't seem optimal.
Also my memory is terrible! I think it was better a few years back, but ughh can't remember back that far.
Something else (and this could just be related to my job since I'm physically active most of the day), but my arms and hands have been "falling asleep" at night. They feel numb until they decide to wake up.
I'm hoping to find a practitioner in integrative/functional medicine to work with, but I'm wondering if any of you have had similar issues related to B12 deficiency.
**Thyroid and Testosterone Results
T3 - 1.54 ng/mL (Reference Range) 0.87-1.78
TSH - 1.71 uIU/mL (Reference Range) 0.35-5.50
FT4 - 0.86 ng/dL (Reference Range) 0.58-1.60
Reverse T3 - 26.8 ng/dL (Reference Range) 13.5-34.2
Triiodothyronine - 4.2 pg/mL (Reference Range) 2.0-4.4
Testosterone, Serum - 546 ng/d (Reference Range) 348-1197
Free Testosterone - 10.8 pg/mL (Reference Range) 9.3-26.5
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on May 19, 2012
at 05:57 PM
I would consult with Chris Kresser on this. I started working with him last year, and he felt my B12 levels were low at 384 pg/mL. I started doing injections, and now my levels are at 1550 pg/mL. It's not like I felt horrible before, so the improvement has been subtle, but I trust Chris' research on this subject. Good luck, and feel free to ask me any additional questions!
on May 19, 2012
at 04:54 AM
You could get a test for Holo-Transcobalamine, which is the storage form of B12. If this is low, you certainly have a functional B12 deficiency.
Subcutaneous injection of Hydroxy-Cobalamine is probably the easiest way to correct this.
Memory problems can also be due to hypothyroidism, which again seems to often appear in tandem with B12 deficiency, so when you get your blood drawn, have your thyroid hormones checked as well. Pregnenolone deficiency is another likely culprit.
on February 26, 2013
at 06:42 PM
Other countries consider under 500 seriously low, Japan for instance. There is an epidemic of vitamin deficiency in this country but its not just b12, it's also D. Go to grassrootsheath.net and do some research, also to naturehaditfirst.com and read the article on b12 supplements. I have autoimmune vasculitis and got no answers whatever from my medical army yet my b12 and D were dangerously low. I'm curing myself, not treating symptoms anymore. Good luck and God bless- Shawna