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Not Getting your Vitamin B12- Mistakes Fibromyalgia Patients Sometimes Make



Managing fibromyalgia symptoms means treating yourself to lots of TLC, and that includes getting mega doses of vitamin B12 supplements.  Fibromyalgia has a high correlation with vitamin B12 deficiency, due to gastric atrophy caused by fibromyalgia symptoms.  Unfortunately, unless your doctor screens for low vitamin B12 (cobalamin) levels, you could have B12 deficiency without even knowing it.   Here are some tips on getting enough vitamin B12 with fibromyalgia.


If you have fibromyalgia, then you need to get your B12 levels tested routinely.  There are several reasons for this, the main ones being:

Fibromyalgia causes vitamin B12 deficiency.

One of the symptoms of fibromyalgia includes a wearing away of the stomach’s lining.  Your stomach cells make a digestive enzyme, intrinsic factor that is crucial for digesting vitamin B12 from food sources like meat, fish, and eggs.  Damage to the stomach causes decreased production of intrinsic factor, leading to vitamin B12 deficiency. Only a blood test can determine if you have B12 deficiency.

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Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disorder.

And so is pernicious anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency.  Scientists believe that autoimmune disorders are often comorbid with each other.  So, if you have fibromyalgia, then you are at a high risk of also having autoimmune pernicious anemia or celiac disease.  With pernicious anemia, your stomach fails to make intrinsic factor for vitamin B12 absorption because of an autoimmune disorder that attacks your stomach cells.  A test for intrinsic factor antibodies can determine if that is the case.

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Fibromyalgia and vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are alike.

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms may mask themselves as other ailments.  This can get confusing for doctors and patients alike, especially when you already have a chronic illness that includes similar symptoms.  Pernicious anemia can be misdiagnosed as depression, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue, as symptoms include both physical and mental disorders.

Typical symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Severe fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Muddled thinking (brain fog)
  • Poor attention skills
  • Painful tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased motor control
  • Frequent clumsiness or tripping
  • Impaired memory


Treating vitamin B12 deficiency with fibromyalgia

If you suffer from an illness like fibromyalgia that causes similar symptoms to vitamin B12 deficiency, then it’s necessary to get your vitamin B12 levels checked routinely, as the symptoms won’t be apparent.

Treatment may include vitamin B12 injections, to be taken in rounds of weekly or monthly B12 shots.

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2 Responses to “Not Getting your Vitamin B12- Mistakes Fibromyalgia Patients Sometimes Make”

  1. Sandra Cortez Says:

    Thank You!!! For the information. It really made my day cause I’ve been telling my doctor to prescibe me some B-12 or to give me a B-12 injection. She will not respond to my suggestion that when I went to the ER several years ago the physician gave me a B-12 injection and it worked for me. It lasted a good six months without no pain at all. i will see my doctor on Wednesday the 4th of April and also I will see my Rheumatologist on the 5th of April. I will show them this article that I was right. I’m B-12 deficiency for eleven years already. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia on September 2010 from a FNP not a doctor. Thank You Again!!! may you be Blessed. I really appreciate it with all my Heart.

  2. Nadia Ali Says:

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year August because of chronic fatigue and muscle pain. My mother has rheumotoid arthritis and is now bedridden. She tpook B1e injections up until 8 yrs ago but had to stop because the injection sites formed abcesses. I just felt that I was misdiagnosed because from a 3 year old I was always nervous and had to take special vityamins and nerve food supplements all my life . I have no medical training but just felt that maybe my stomach or small intestne was just not absorbing vitamin Bs properly so I started to search the net about this . I now believe that fibromyalgia is beng dianosed too quickly by Drs without dooing all the tests for pernicious anemia and also all the other stomach acids etc.I am not sayiny that people will not really have FMS but so many tests should be done first. I am going to ask for all tests and also to take B12 injections as I know in my spirit I need it . Thank you for your ste and all your good work to inform so that people can take time to research

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