Wednesday, January 28, 2009

B-12 deficiency?

Still having tummy problems after five years of being totally gluten free. Not finding any help anywhere. Then I watched Mystery Diagnosis on TLC. The woman there had horrible D, balance problems and migraines with visual disturbances. As I'm watching this I kept saying, "Yes, I have that."
A doctor finally diagnosed her with Pernicious Anemia; a B-12 deficiency.
According the websurfing I've been doing a B-12 deficiency can cause a whole host of random problems from diarrea to balance problems to shortness of breath. I have these and a few more from the list (see here) . One interesting note is that this is often associated with absorbtion problems like....Celiac Disease!
So I asked for the test and today it came back with low B12 levels.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have linked the symptoms of the big D, breathing issues, and the fact that I often trip over my own two feet almost everyday. Who knew?
I started B12 shots today and perscription supplements. I'll let you know how it goes.