Vitamin B 12 Deficiency


What are the symptoms of vitamin B 12 deficiency, and what should be done about it? These are the questions we examine in this article....



Telltale Symptoms Of Deficiency

When certain things appear, or our bodies do not act normal, we tend to think that something is wrong. These are what we call symptoms. When we see certain symptoms, we start to look for the causes and when we verify which of the causes are the ones which are producing the symptoms we are on the road to correcting the problem.

It is important to note that many symptoms of vitamin B 12 deficiency may also be displayed when other problems exists, so just because a certain B12 deficiency symptom is observed we must also consider that this isn't always the cause.


b12Typical B 12 deficiency Symptoms:

  • Body Odor is one symptom of a B12 deficiency. Especially if you do not eat or consume yeast, liver, beef, eggs or kidney in any appreciable quantities, this may be a possible cause.

  • Constipation is a symptom of a shortage of a combination of B vitamins, as above if you do not eat or consume yeast, liver, beef, eggs or kidney in any appreciable quantities, this may be a possible cause.

  • Hair Problems such as dandruff may be an indication of a lack of B12 in your diet.

  • Heart Palpatations are another possible sign of a shortage of B12.

  • Menstrual Problems can signal a deficiency of vitamin B12.

  • Nervousness is another common symptom which has been associated with an insufficient supply of vitamin B12.

It is important to note that there may be other problems which could exist either together with a vitamin B 12 deficiency, or completely independent of it which demonstrate these symptoms. The important thing is if you are noticing any of these symptoms that you discuss them with a health-care professional to isolate and determine the cause.



Tips and Hints

  • Vegetarians may be particularly in need of B12 supplements, especially if their diet does not include eggs.

  • Regular consumption of alcohol tends to deplete B12 and may make a supplement important in the diet.

  • B12 together with folic acid is frequently considered to be a revitalizer or energy booster.

  • Women may find B12 supplements useful particularly prior to and during menstration.

  • This vitamin is not easily absorbed through the stomach and frequently needs to be combined with calcium for best effect.

Other Symptoms

Wikipedia reports the following as likely vitamin B 12 deficiency symptoms.

1. Itchy or tingling tongue. The tongue suddenly itches from time to time without warning. This occurs on the edge of the tongue, along one side or the other or at the tip. Some individuals experience stinging, pain, or tingling instead of itching.

2. White spots
in the skin, resulting from melanin becoming absent in the area. These often occur on the outside of the forearm, but may occur in other places. The longer these spots are there, the whiter they get. As time goes by, the spots become very dry and flaky to the extent that small raw spots of skin may be exposed.

3. Sharp stabbing, tingling pain in the palm of one or both hands. This occurs suddenly and for no apparent reason in a spot directly below the ring finger, approximately where the first palm crease is. If the vitamin B12 deficiency is not treated, a tingling pain may begin to occur along the outside edge of the hand, starting from the wrist. This pain occurs when the wrist is extended.

4. Sores at the corners of the mouth, sometimes extending along the edge of the lip. These are raw spots, not blisters, and they tend to come and go.

5. Nerve shock in the side of the body. It can be felt coming on a few seconds before it hits, and then it hits almost like a mild but deep electric shock and quickly subsides. It can occur at the side of either hip or on either side of the upper body, along the ribs. It can occur consecutively in at least two or three locations, one right after the other.

6. Shortness of breath, but without chest pain. This can occur when walking just a few yards.

7. Hemifacial (one side of the face) spasm usually manifesting in the eye. Can occur in multiple spots on the face such as the lip, nose, eyelids, and eyebrow.

8. Facial pain, usually on only one side of the face at a time. This pain varies so much that it would be difficult to describe all the possibilities. This can present as a dull pain in the cheek bone right underneath an eye, or a sharp shooting pain across the forehead, sometimes coming downward from the scalp to the edge of the nose by the eye.

9. Tingling along the back of one or both thighs, starting at the hips and shooting downward.

10. Memory loss and/or disorientation.

11. Migraine headaches. These may be preceded by a temporary blind spot in the center of the field of vision, usually lasting about ten minutes, and sometimes followed by facial pain under the eyes. After the blind spot vanishes, there may be zigzag streaks through the vision that may last up to hours. Even in the same person, there may be extreme variations in the headaches themselves. They may be quite severe with nausea or they may be virtually nonexistent.

Migraines of most individuals have causes other than B12 deficiency, but migraines of certain individuals diminish or stop completely after they are treated for B12 deficiency.

12. Irritability and/or depression and/or personality changes.

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