Anyone working hard on obtaining their dream can tell you it takes a lot of hard work, determination, and stamina to succeed. Which is why today I decided to open up and talk to you about something I have lived with for a long time. I have a B12 and iron deficiency. Before I was FINALLY diagnosed, there were so many days where I could barely find the energy to get out of bed. It seemed like a never-ending battle of wits with my own brain and body to function normally! I have learned not only to deal with it but also how to Live, Work & THRIVE With Vitamin Deficiencies
Some Facts About Vitamin B12 & Iron Deficiencies.
The symptoms tend to be very similar between the two of them, leaving diagnosis up to blood tests. B12 deficiency symptoms are things such as changes in personality/depression, irritability, abnormal sensations ( it’s quite common to have my limbs start to tingle and feel numb ), psychosis, changes in reflex, decreased taste, poor muscle function, reduced heart functions, and decreased fertility. Some symptoms of an iron deficiency are as follows: fatigue, dizziness, pallor ( abnormally pale skin ), hair loss, twitching, irritability, weakness, pica (Persistent craving and compulsive eating of nonfood substances ), brittle or grooved nails, and restless leg syndrome. As you can see, there are several symptoms of these deficiencies that can be pretty dangerous. For example, for me personally, I am and have always been very prone to dizziness and fainting, losing the feeling in my legs and arms can be very common at times as well. The Causes of these deficiencies can be so small. The main cause I have found is purely diet, medicinal, and heredity. thankfully 2 of those 3 can be fixed. Having an iron and B12 deficiency can be even more dangerous for a child than an adult. If it’s not caught in time it can lead to anemia. As far as I know, these blood tests are not common practices for kids, and these symptoms are so common for so many other illnesses.
What I Do
I think even after years of stubbornness, and not wanting to take vitamins every day. The simple and plain “I forgot, OH WELL” mentality, I am coping pretty well with my deficiencies. I take a multivitamin, a B12 supplement, and an iron supplement every day. What happens if I forget to take my vitamins for a day or two!? You can count on pretty much zero productivity from me. It’s difficult to concentrate. My depression kicks in pretty strong and I also tend to sleep a lot more than usual. When this happens It will usually take something bothering me a LOT to snap me out of it and remind me.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest battles to fight. Are you fighting any battles!? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. If you have any tips or recommendations for helping with B12 and Iron deficiencies as well. Let’s share our knowledge with each other.
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