In recent years, many people started turning their interest towards B12 because of its controversial deficiency symptoms. That is how the vitamin has gained popularity, as more and more people have started researching if it is the cause of their symptoms and the answer to their questions.
In this article, you will learn about all the different types of B12 deficiency symptoms.
Let’s get started!
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The intensity of the following symptoms can vary according to the level of deficiency.
- Confusion (For example if you wake up at night and don’t know where you are)
- Memory problems (forgetting details, which you haven’t forgotten before)
- Irritability, anger or aggression
- Quick and sudden changes in personality, character, and behavior
- Panic attacks
- Symptoms imitating dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- Psychosis, mania
- Numbness or tingling sensation in hands and feet
- Eye problems (loss of vision)
- Muscle tremors and twitches (can happen in every muscle in the body)
- Symptoms imitating Parkinson disease or Multiple Sclerosis
- Increased heart rate
- Heart palpitations
- Low blood pressure (leading to faints)
- Stroke and micro-stroke
- Coronary heart disease
- Fatigue and lack of energy to conduct daily tasks
- Loss of appetite, and as a result, weight loss
- Difficulty to keep balance (for example walk in a straight line or standing still)
- Shortness of breath
- Painful and heavy period bleeding
- Strong PMS symptoms
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Proneness to infections
- Slow healing of open cuts and wounds
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Slow growth and development
The symptoms, such as fatigue, loss of appetite, irritability, and other “frequently occurring symptoms” are often neglected. This is because they can be caused by various other temporary factors like stress, changes in the environment, hormonal changes, etc.
My advice, in this case, is to search for the cause of the symptoms, and not ignoring it!
On the other hand, some of the more severe vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are often falsely diagnosed and confused with a brain, autoimmune, psychological, and neuro diseases. That is why it is essential to identify if a deficiency of the vitamin causes the symptoms. The best way to do so is by taking a blood test.
Keep in mind that only one symptom does not mean that you are B12 deficient. Instead, try to look at the bigger picture, and if you recognize multiple symptoms together, then it is a good idea to visit your doctor and test yourself for this health condition.
How to identify B12 deficiency with a blood test?
There are several different tests that you should make, to verify if you are B12 deficient:
- Serum B12
- Serum iron
- Iron binding capacity
- Complete blood count (CBC)
Only when you are sure about the cause of your symptoms, you can start health treatment.
It is so vital that you identify the right cause because doctors sometimes treat their patients for the wrong disease. Especially symptoms of Parkinson and MS are incredibly similar to those of B12 deficiency.