I just need to take a minute and discuss what the results of your B12 blood tests mean. Recently I have had 2 people from my personal life who have been diagnosed with B12 deficiency anemia and I am shocked at the difference between my treatment and theirs. They weren’t informed of the severity or the potential dangers associated with this condition.They are both women in their late 30′s and were both diagnosed with B12 deficiency anemia. Let’s assume that they had their homocystine and methylmalonic acid levels checked and they came back elevated. They both had B12 levels in the low 200′s and they were both treated with a “mega-dose” shot and told to take supplements. That was it. What worries me the most is that they are from different parts of the country, have different doctors. This should not be a standard treatment for B12 deficiency.
According to both my doctor and my neurologist ( and I have read the data myself as well) once your B12 levels fall below 400 you can start to feel symptoms and the lower the number goes, the worse those symptoms get. Officially if your B12 results are 200 or less you have B12 deficiency. Again, both my doctor and neurologist have said that number should be raised to 400. Based on my experience I would definitely agree. I had lots of symptoms, and as my levels were falling I got worse and worse.
It usually takes a long time for you to start feeling the effects of B12 deficiency, which means that damage can start to occur in your body with out you even knowing it. You need to get your levels up as soon as possible so you can start to heal any damage that may have been done, if it’s even possible. Sometimes the damage is irreversible, so the longer you are deficient the worse it can be. You also don’t want your B12 levels to go up and down. You want to get your b12 numbers high and your other numbers low and keep it that way so your body may begin to heal.