Last Updated: 21 February 2021
Symptoms of B12 Deficiency
Remember back in the day when you had the symptoms of B12 Deficiency due to Pernicious Anaemia. And some of you won’t have to remember because you still suffer from the symptoms to some degree or other even though you are (hopefully) being treated.
Let’s remind ourselves of those symptoms: ready?
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or tightness
- problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- heart palpitations
- pins and needles
- joint pain
- depression and anxiety
- tinnitus, earaches
- feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
- a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
Ah! It’s like welcoming back old friends isn’t it?
There’s something you might like to know however, that list of symptoms above is taken from the NHS’s webpage on the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19
Remarkable isn’t it? The symptoms experienced by patients with Long COVID are almost identical to those of Vitamin B12 Deficiency.
We have, today, written to all Chief Medical Officers in the UK suggesting that they might want to consider evaluating the B12 status of patients with Long COVID. And we have also pointed out that using the current assay to evaluate the B12 status of patients wouldn’t do much good at all and that they might want to try a more accurate set of tests.
Some good may come of it, and even if patients are given a therapeutic trial of B12 injections it would be interested to see if they improved. We’ll keep you informed!
Update 21 February 2021
Our suggestion was well received and we were asked to complete an online form to enable a discussion to take place. We were happy to do so and also provided the Covid-19 Therapeutic Advisory Panel with copies of several recently published papers relating to B12 Long-Covid that we have been sent to us by interested parties.
We are aware that an active discussion is now taking place.
Links to the papers: