Posted by Garnet71 on January 17, 2009, at 21:57:24
In reply to Long Term SSRI Use Has Destabilzed Me, posted by NewQuestions on January 16, 2009, at 10:28:30
I'm really pissed off right now that NO doctor has ever mentioned ANY of these possibilities to me before prescribing me anti-depressants.
"Pernicious anemia: uncommon but serious
Only about 1% of us will ever develop pernicious anemia, a disease leading to B-12 deficiency. It can occur at any age, not just in those over 50. What happens is that the stomach nearly stops producing acid and intrinsic factor, and thus virtually no B-12 can be absorbed. Because the vitamin is stored so efficiently, it may take up to five years before stores are used up and symptoms develop. These may include extreme fatigue, dementia, disorientation, and weakness in the limbs. One consequence may be irreversible neurological damage, so its important to see a physician early. A high intake of another B vitamin, folate, can mask some signs of pernicious anemia, but does not stop the neurological damage. If your problem turns out to be pernicious anemia, it can be successfully treated with large doses of vitamin B-12. "