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Hello Dr. Phophalia, I was also told that I have a B-12

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Hello Dr. Phophalia,

I was also told that I have a B-12 deficiency. In a recent mail I told you that I play a lot of Basketball. But have been playing less due to pain in the ball's of both of my feet. I have been living with lots of stress, run an international company, have a 4 1/2 year old that i just got finished with a custody battle (that is the worst) a new wife who is having trouble with all of that, and we are working to find our way. I also have hep c. :))) Thanks for your he
Hello and welcome, I am happy to help you today.

Dr. phophalia is offline today. Since you have been waiting for an answer, I would be glad to help you.

I am Dr. Bora and I have read up your medical history.

You will need vitamin B12 injections. Normally, about six injections are given at first, one every 2-4 days. This quickly builds up the body's store of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver. Once a store of vitamin B12 is built up, this can supply the body's needs for several months. An injection is then only usually needed every three months to top up the supply.

You have to consult your primary care provider / GP about this.

Here is a link about B12 rich foods which you should include in our diet to prevent long term deficiency.

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Hello and welcome, Michael.

The first step is to ascertain the cause of vitamin B 12 deficiency. Second step is to improve the diet and recommendations are to eat; food that contains vitamin B-12;

a) meat,
b) eggs,
c) cheese, and
d) yogurt.

In most patients with vitamin B-12–associated issue if present like neuropathy/myelopathy, no restriction on physical activity is necessary. Thus you can continue playing basketball with the measures we discussed in the last thread. If the deficiency is mild, oral supplementation can be done. Otherwise injectable Vitamin B 12 would be given.

To ascertain the cause following investigations are recommended, if not yet done;

1) Antiparietal cell antibodies; IF antibodies.
2) If antibodies are negative, obtain a serum gastrin level to test for achlorhydria,
3) Schilling test

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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