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Have I been living under a rock?

EwaightEEwaight Posts: 250
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Chronic Pain
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?


  • but started taking B-Complex after my MicroD.B Vitamins are good for nerve healing,higher energy level.As far as I know,B Vitamins deficiency can cause Neuropathy,but don't take my word for it. ;) B-12 can really increase your energy level.I know for fact that friends of mine were getting injected with it.They were soccer players.
    At least they got it this time,and hope it helps your pain.You might be able to do what you want w/o "taking the hit". Sometimes the solution is very simple.In your case,it could be B-12.
    Good luck,and don't get too mad at your doc.

  • I guess that I have been under that rock with you. I did not know that. I used to get the B12 injections when I was seeing a doc for weight loss and it sure did increase my energy levels. Please keep us posted on how it helps your pain. I think I will ask my doc to check my B12 when I go for blood work next month!
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    I take hand fulls of vitamin supplements, including B vites. Maybe B-12 is different. but I just had blood work done and nothing was said about a deficiency. You might be on to something, I'm sceptical, but I'll try anything once.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • :) this is an interesting concept. i take a multi B vitamin but am going to look into this with my doctor. i hope this is the answer for you! thanks for bringing it up. Jenny :)
  • I've supplemented my diet with B-12 for years. One thing I learned from a nutritionist (I'm a vegetarian) is that the only way the body efficiently absorbs a B-12 supplement is sublingually. It has to melt under your tongue (if it's a pill or drops.) I have heard folks can be deficient in B-12, but never heard it helps with pain control.--Mazy
  • Always wanted to talk to my Dr. about B-12 shots... since I have always been low on energy. Haven't gotten around to it, as I always forget.

    But you said something that concerns me...

    ~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."~

    Is this muscular?? I'm wondering if you have ever been checked/tested for fibromyalgia...

  • Every Thursday I give myself a b-12 injection, as I was very low as well. Sorry I do not see any difference, but I continue, as well as some other vitamins.
    I get my blood checked every 3 months, always.
    Keep us posted and hope you find some relief.
  • Thanks Jane, i rememered that we had discussed this in chat. I will be curious to see myself the effects. She said I shoud see a difference within one month. Also the quitting smoking should help but it might take awhile.

    I will keep you updated on the results.

    Amanda, I think that there is a possibility that I have fibro. The assistant that I saw yesterday mentioned it. I don't suffer from the extreme fatigue.
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