Well I have sucessfully taken another baby step to feeling better! While I am still waiting until the 20th to see my new specialist, I decided to visit my regular doctor to see if he had any thoughts on my symptoms. He plainly stated that what I was rambling on about was out of his area and over his head. I figured as much. However, he did some bloodwork and did find a little something that may or may not help me. My Vitamin B12 level was low. For those of you who don't know, I have an autoimmune disease. With one autoimmune disease comes many more it seems and low Vitamin B12 can be linked to the autoimmune disease, Pernicious Anemia. He didn't do any extra tests for that and I will leave that up to the specialist when it comes time.
In my usual style, I researched the heck out of Vitamin B12 as soon as the nurse relayed the results. I found out a lot of interesting stuff about it and read that low levels were often unchecked and undiagnosed. I wanted to tell everyone about my findings in hopes that if you are having some of the symptoms and can't find relief, you will see your doctor and make them check your Vitamin B12 level!! It's very important for us to stay on top of our own health. We know our bodies better than anyone and it's up to us to keep pushing to feel better each day. We absolutely cannot leave it all up to doctors because too many things slip through the cracks and too many doctors aren't updated on new research and discoveries. I know this from experience.
Some symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are:
Shortness of breath
Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in animal products such as fish, meat, and dairy products. If you aren't eating enough of these products, you could have low Vitamin B12 levels and it could simply be fixed by eating more of them. Low B12 levels could also be caused by a number of other things and it's best to check with your doctor before starting any supplements.
I started my B12 supplements yesterday and I've got my fingers crossed that it will help even if only a tiny bit!! :)
Oh and I'm so super excited that the first preseason game of the Carolina Panthers is on tonight!!!!!! I LOVE football season! Don't y'all??