After lumbar fusion to L4-5 in 2003 I started having some really weird random pain. For 2 years I was MRI'd, Doplered and Ex Rayed to the tune of $30,000 trying to figure out why I was in pain. There are areas of my body that are so sensitive to the touch that even I can't touch them. My solution to this has been "well don't touch them."
My pain levels are very low if I do nothing. HAH! Kill me please!! I hate to watch tv and can't sit still for 20 minutes. So I do what I want and "take the hit" for it usually.
My family Dr. has a new assistant who is filling in for him lately. This man has never laid a hand on me and has been my family dr. for 7 years. My blood work is perfect and he has reviewed my records from the Neurologist concerning my crappy spine issues. He just give me my ultraset to sleep.
Anyway, new assistant decides last month that we need to do some blood tests to see how I am doing after Cervical fusion on 04/30/08 and taking all those meds. The nurse called later that week and told me I was low on vitamen B-12. I went in and got a shot.
I met with her today and she explained that I have very low levels of B-12 and possible causes. She has given me a script to give myself shots for the rest of my life. She explained that low levels of B-12 can cause some pretty serious pain and neurological issues and this might be the cause of my chronic pain.
Did I miss a memo?
I have never heard this before and feel pretty pissed that all the other specialists have never mentioned it.
Have I been living under a rock?
Anyone else have their B-12 checked and show up deficient?