symptoms of B-12 deficiency, but normal test results

by sam barbary
(new jersey)

My mother is 94 and has all the classic signs of B-12 deficiency. I paid for a methylmalonic acid test and the results were right in the middle of the range. Can she still be somehow b-12 deficient? Could it be she has normal b-12 levels but her body cannot process it due to other issues?

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Symptoms of B12 are fairly non-specific
by: Kerri Knox, RN

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are fairly non-specific, so saying that she has symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency are similar to:

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity and even
Symptoms of H Pylori

Additionally, while it's commendable that you took all these steps to try to get a diagnosis of Vitamin B12 Deficiency, there's no downside to just taking Vitamin B12 and see how she feels. On my page on Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment, I outline a study of a group of women with NORMAL Vitamin B12 levels who had fatigue, and they were just told to take as much vitamin B12 as they needed in order to have a 'maximum sense of well being' and it took them an average of 10 milligrams (10,000 micrograms) per day in order to experience this. This is WAY higher than any amount needed to resolve any deficiency. So, why did it make them feel better? Who knows. But there is no downside to giving a trial of Vitamin B12 a try to see if it resolves her symptoms. It's also a lot cheaper and causes less anxiety than going from doctor to doctor, getting blood and urine tests and trying to get a diagnosis since, in my experience, most people who can benefit from taking vitamin B12 would never get a diagnosis of Vitamin B12 deficiency anyway.

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B-12 deficiency
by: Sam Barbary

Thank you for getting back to me on the b-12 issue. I did read about h pylori as it can create stomach acid issues that can prevent proper absorption if b-12. I didn't think of the vitamin D issue. In any event, I will be taking her to a functional medicine doctor to get to the root problem. Her regular doctor has been treating symptoms.

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