Writing this post reminded me that vegetarians, especially vegans, often need to take supplements of vitamin B12. Studies have shown that people with MS have a higher rate of vitamin B12 deficiency than the general population, probably due to a problem with binding and transport of this vitamin.
Logic would tell us that if someone is both living with MS and restricting foods containing B-12 (primarily eggs, seafood and meat), that their chances of being deficient in vitamin B12 would have to be pretty good, or at least much higher than most other people.
If you are a person with MS who is also a vegetarian/vegan, consider getting your vitamin B12 levels checked. The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include fatigue, headache, and memory loss. We all have our share of MS symptoms, many of which are the same as those of B12 deficiency. Wouldn't it be great to find out that a little vitamin pill could make us feel even a little better?
It should also be noted that Solu-Medrol can lower vitamin B12 levels, so it might be worth getting levels checked if you were just treated for a relapse, as well.
Have you ever had your vitamin B12 levels checked? What led you to do this? What were the results? Do any of you take a regular vitamin B12 supplement? Share your experiences and tips in the comments section below.
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