Part 2 B12 Deficiency Signs Symptoms and causes

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of B12

Mental Changes

  • Irritability
  • Apathy
  • Sleepiness
  • Suspiciousness
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Dementia
  • Intellectual deterioration
  • Hallucinations
  • Violent behaviour
  • In children developmental delay and autistic behaviour

Neurological Signs

  • Abnormal sensations pain tingling, numbness of legs feet arms, trunk
  • Dimished sense of touch pain, temperature
  • Loss of position sense awareness of body position
  • Weakness arms legs trunk
  • Clumsiness (stiff or awkward movements
  • Symptoms mimicking Parkinson’s or MS
  • Spasticity of muscles
  • Incontinence (urine or stool)
  • Paralysis
  • Vision changes
  • Damage to optic nerve (optic neuritis, inflammation or atrophy

Physical Signs

Hair Loss

Common symptoms include: tiredness, lethargy, feeling faint, becoming breathless.

Less common symptoms include: headaches, palpitations, altered taste, being ‘off food’, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Pale Look

So my message is if you are suffering any of those symptoms ask your doctor to test you. Ask for B12 Serum tests, Methylmalonic acid (MMA) and Homocysteine (hcy) blood tests. These tests are more specific and will give you  a more specific result. 

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