Helena – aged 32
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Dry cracked corners of the mouth
- Extreme fatigue
- Recurrent pleurisy
- Low mood
- Poor memory
Helena has Type 1 diabetes, unbeknown to her doctors this predisposed her to other autoimmune conditions and sadly the tingling in her hands and feet was put down to her long standing diabetes. Her fatigue was attributed to her stressful job.
Unfortunately repeated doctors told her she was not managing her diabetes properly and this was the reason she kept falling ill to infections. Helena was increasingly absent from work due to recurrent respiratory infections.
After being alerted to the symptoms of B12 deficiency her doctor reluctantly carried out a serum B12 test. The results showed that Helena was severely deficient and she was immediately started on loading doses of hydroxocobalamin.
The response to the B12 injections was profound, the tingling in her hands and feet stopped, sleep patterns restored and energy levels raised enormously. Sadly her Doctor retested her levels just after loading doses and reported that her levels were now incredibly high and incorrectly stated that they would need to stop the B12 injections. These were duly stopped and all her symptoms returned within 10 days.
After a long drawn out battle Helena was able to see a new doctor who reinstated the correct treatment and understands that these injections will be required for life. She is now on the road to complete recovery.