So this morning I finally saw a GP that wasn’t useless, didn’t ignore my symptoms and actually came to a diagnosis. Instead of trying to get me out the door as quickly as possible they actually took the time to listen and do some tests. They arranged for some more blood tests, steps for treatment and medicine to help with the side effects. I was pleasantly surprised that they were doing their job properly and relieved to finally know what was wrong with me.
It’s taken months to find out what the cause was for all my symptoms and the effects it’s having on many aspects of my life. Including; daily headaches for the last few months, fatigue, anxiety, quick mood changes, weight gain, bad skin, vertigo, eye pain and not being able to focus on simple everyday things. I was putting up with this for a long time but recently it’s all at once and just too much to deal with.
It turns out that I’m severely B12 deficient. Your B12 levels on average should be around 500-800 however mine are 50. B12 is a complex vitamin that is crucial for the body to stay on balance and operate as normal. All the symptoms I was and are still experiencing are a direct cause of my deficiency. To combat this I’ll have B12 injections 6 times over the next 2 weeks so my body gets a boost and then every 3 months for the rest of my life. To go along with this deficiency I also have many dietary restrictions due to lactose and yeast allergies and choosing to be vegetarian, my diet lacks nearly all the foods that B12 appears in. It’s limiting and I have to be extremely careful looking at ingredients when I shop however it’s far better than being ill.
Knowing the diagnosis has made me feel a lot more positive about the situation. Now I know it’s not just hormonal or a bad day/week, there’s an actual cause for it all brings a sense of relief. I’m unsure how long I have been deficient but it’s definitely been a gradual process over months. It’s made me realise even more so how important it is to not ignore things and to get checked out at the GP when you can so that (if they’re not useless) they can help.
If any of you get the same symptoms often or think you might be deficient too I really hope this helps or makes you book an appointment to get advice. I wish I’d had tests done ages ago but hindsight is everything in situations like this. This might have been oversharing but I’d rather share what I’ve experienced in case it can help others. If you have any questions just comment down below or message me about it. Rant over.