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Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked with so many types of autoimmune disease; it’s almost like the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Guess what vitamin B12, IBS, cardiovascular disease, and many kinds ofchronic disease have in common…
B12 deficiency- why worry?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble nutrient, one of many B vitamins, that is crucial for optimum health. If you don’t get enough vitamin B12 from meat, chicken, fish, and eggs, from B12 shots, then you could suffer severe vitamin B12 deficiency, which includes symptoms such as short-term memory loss, tingling in hands and feet, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression. People who are at risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency are vegans, patients of gastric bypass surgery, diabetes sufferers, individuals on heartburn medicine, and anybody with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Vitamin B12 deficiency is also linked with many autoimmune diseases.
Here are 12 illnesses that are“6 degrees” away from vitamin B12 deficiency:
1) Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a digestive disease that includes illnesses such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of many IBD symptoms, such as chronic diarrhea, stomachcramping, nausea, heartburn, and constipation. IBD can cause severe damage to the intestines, including the colon. People with inflammatory bowel disease have difficulty digesting vitamins and minerals from food, which is why they must take regular vitamin supplements. Because their illness occurs in the digestive system, many IBD patients take vitamin B12 shots in order to avoid B12 deficiency, as vitamin B12 pills are ineffective.
Celiacs disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the digestive system with the consumption of gluten. Celiac disease symptoms include indigestion, diarrhea, malnourishment, and nausea. Gluten intolerance symptoms occur whenever a celiac disease patient consumes a product containing gluten, a protein that occurs in wheat, rye, and barley. Because of their difficulty digesting vitamins, celiac disease sufferers should supplement regularly with non-oral forms of vitamin B12.
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Fibromyalgia symptoms strike 1 in 50 Americans. Many people don’t realize that fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include chronic pain, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and “fibro fog” (disorientation). Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia also exhibit signs of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is another autoimmune disease, similar to fibromyalgia, which is closely linked with vitamin B12 deficiency. Scientists have noted an extremely high correlation between all three conditions- fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and B12 deficiency. Symptoms of CFS are extreme tiredness upon waking up in the morning, fatigue following minimal physical exertion, achy joints, and fibro fog.
Diabetics who take the drug metformin are susceptible to vitamin B12 deficiency, say scientists. Scientific studies linking low B12 levels with long-term usage of metformin indicate a 77% chance of developing peripheral neuropathy.
Stomach acids are essential for digesting vitamin B12 naturally from food sources. That is why people who take heartburn medication frequently, such as people with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or pregnant women, must take care to avoid B12 deficiency.
Some weight loss surgery procedures involve removing the terminal ilium, a part of the digestive system that is responsible for absorbing vitamin B12. For that reason, patients of bariatric surgery are strongly advised to supplement with non-oral vitamin B12.
Sometimes, vitamin B12 deficiency is caused by pernicious anemia, a condition that distorts your red blood cells and inhibits absorption of vitamin B12. Causes of pernicious anemia include autoimmune disease and gastritis.
Autoimmune thyroid disease, also called Hashimoto’s disease, is an autoimmune disease that causes hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland. There is an unusually high correlation between instances of autoimmune thyroid disease and pernicious anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Because some of the symptoms of thyroid disease mimic pernicious anemia, many doctors overlook the possibility of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 helps to sustain cognitive health. In many studies, scientists have noticed that elderly individuals with low levels of B12 are more likely to suffer from early onset dementia than elderly individuals who maintain adequate levels of vitamin B12.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue make everyday a challenge. Here are some helpful tips on coping with things people shouldn’t say to chronic pain sufferers.
Fibromyalgia is a battlefield
Chronic fibromyalgia makes everyday a challenge. Painful limbs, achy joints, tiredness, and fibro fog make it hard (and sometimes impossible) to hold down a job, meet my family’s needs, and run a smooth household.
Most days, you don’t accomplish everything you want, or need. Tensions run high, both at work and at home. You try not to wear your pain symptoms on your sleeve, even though you battle with constant fatigue, anger, agony, and sadness.
I haven’t got time for the pain…or for your remarks.
Pain management is one thing, but when you find yourself constantly fielding insensitive comments from people who ought to know better, it’s time to start drawing a line.
Backhanded remarks about your pain medications (You’re like a walking drugstore!), ignorant observations (I thought chronic fatigue was a fake disease), and zingers that were meant to hurt (You’re just lazy, that’s all) should not be tolerated, even from your doctor.
40 things you shouldn’t say to a fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue patient:
With friends like you, who needs chronic pain?
“It’s all in your head.”
“You don’t look sick.”
“Aren’t you feeling better yet?”
“When are you going to lose the cane, already?”
“Come on, it can’t hurt that bad.”
“Are you sure you’re not just doing this for the attention?”
“I’d be sick too, if I saw doctors as much as you do.”
“Just give me a yell if you need something-anything, you hear!”
What is Fibromyalgia? Here are top 6 frequently asked questions (FAQs) expressed by fibromyalgia syndrome patients, and answers.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, then consider yourself in good company. About one in fifty Americans suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, including muscular pain, fatigue, depression, and sleep problems.
Fibro fog, the tendency to forget things almost instantaneously, is another common complaint among fibromyalgia patients.
Q: What is fibromyalgia syndrome?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a condition closely related to Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
With fibromyalgia, patients feel severe muscle aches and pain in specific points of the body, in addition to extreme exhaustion. Three to one, more women suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms than men do.
Fibromyalgia sufferers describe pain symptoms as hurting all over, burning sensations, muscular twitches, and sometimes, skin ailments, such as dry and itchy skin rashes, or extreme sensitivity to touch.
Avoiding physical exercise or leading a sedentary lifestyle didn’t give you fibromyalgia, but they can make it worse.
Even moderate, light aerobic exercises benefit fibromyalgia patients by lifting the mood, increasing blood flow to the brain, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing energy.
Doctors recommend individuals with fibromyalgia include gentle stretching routines and light aerobic workouts into their daily schedule. Tai Chi, yoga, and swimming are excellent workouts that increase flexibility without causing pain.
It’s not often that you wake up feeling refreshed or energized, not if you have fibromyalgia.
Sleep disorders such as alpha-EEG anomaly are common among fibromyalgia sufferers. In studies, fibromyalgia patients had difficulty achieving “stage 4” deep sleep, due to constant brain activity. As a result, participants woke up feeling weary, exhausted, as if they had been up all night.
Some possible explanations for lack of sleep in fibromyalgia patients include:
Restless leg syndrome
Tossing and turning
Q: Are there any dietary supplements that treat fibromyalgia?
Yes- in addition to vitamin B12, there are many natural ingredients that
support a healthy immune system
enhance muscle tone
promote cognitive integrity
impart an overall sense of well-being and peaceful state of mind
Supplements that benefit fibromyalgia patients include:
If you frequently feel fatigued, zapped of energy, then you might benefit from a new exercise program, a new hobby, or a vitamin regimen! Sometimes, chronic fatigue symptoms are related to diet.
Vitamin B12 deficiency makes you feel sluggish, confused and depressed. Often, you feel like you are in a fog, or fibro fog, as it’s called when you also have fibromyalgia, an illness that sometimes correlates with vitamin B12 deficiency.
Don’t let fatigue get in the way of work, school or your social life. More importantly, don’t fall into the habit of jolting yourself awake with caffeine, energy drinks or sugary snacks. You might get a quick high, a temporary one at that, but the resulting drop in energy will leave you more tired than you were before.
Below is a list of suggestions which have been compiled from Leo Babauta’s popular blog Zen Habits, along with a few other tidbits from other health-related sites:
1 Sing, sing a song… Don’t be shy about belting it out, whether in the car, in the break room or while washing the dishes!
3 Let the sun shine in. Our bodies are attuned to sunlight, as well as the absence of it. Dark lighting tells our brain that it’s time to rest and leaves us feeling sluggish. Indoor lighting, sunshine and even bright colors wake up our senses and keep us energized.
4 Walk around the block…and take your dog with you. If you don’t have time to run to the gym, then just run around the block! If you have a canine friend, grab the leash and bring him along. Caring for pets increases energy and reduces stress. Assuming you’re not allergic, of course.
5 Have a quick snooze, only avoid the bed. Rest sitting upright in a comfortable position, and you’re less likely to oversleep and wake up groggy and headache-y.
6 Chin up! Look on the bright side, and try not to focus on all the things in your life you wish were different. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, find a better job, or waiting for a test result, give yourself permission to be happy now.
7 Don’t oversleep. Set your alarm clock so that you wake up at the same time every day, regardless of whether you’re going to work or taking the day off. (Resist the urge to press the snooze button!) Irregular sleep patterns leave you feeling drowsy all day long. 8 Eat smaller meals. Heavy meals leave us feeling lethargic and full (flashback to last Thanksgiving). Instead, determine how many calories you plan on consuming in one day, and divide that number into 6 light vitamin-rich mini-meals. 9 Take a break from the rat race. Been sitting at your desk for hours? Get up, stretch your legs, and go to the water cooler for a few minutes. Another bright idea: instead of taking a one-week vacation, ask your boss about taking two or three long weekends throughout the year?
10 Drink your water. Speaking of the water cooler, bring a sports bottle with you, and fill it up when nobody’s looking. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated is one of the biggest sources of fatigue.
11 Lose weight. As if you needed another reason to worry about your weight: extra poundage is a burden on our health, energy levels and mental outlook. Next time you’re at the supermarket, pick up a 5-lb. or 10-lb. bag of flour, and imagine yourself losing…or gaining an equivalent amount of body fat. Let’s Move: Michelle Obama Moving On Up the Wal-Mart Aisles
12 Have a fruit salad…and remember the berries! Apples and berries are great sources of natural sugar that won’t weigh you down or leave you feeling exhausted later. Blue, purple and red berries also contain anthocyanins, which are antioxidants known to increase energy.
13 Take your B vitamins. B complex vitamins, and particularly vitamin B12, are known to increase energy, mental clarity and boost the immune system. Foods which contain plenty of vitamin B12 are protein foods, such as meat, dairy, eggs and fish. Vegans or vegetarians are recommended to take B12 supplements in order to avoid getting B12 deficiency. 6 Must-Eat Foods for Die-Hard Vegans
14 Nix energy drinks. Energy drinks are no better for you than any other caffeinated beverages, though their manufacturers would have you believe otherwise. Avoid using energy drinks before a workout, and opt instead for a protein smoothie or a cool drink of water.
15 Jump in the shower. Nothing refreshes your senses more than a brisk power shower. Stuck at work? Go to the restroom and slap some cold water on your face for a quick pick-me-up. 16 Trade coffee for black tea. Researchers have proven what the ancient Chinese have known for centuries: that drinking small cups of black coffee throughout the day relieves stress and rejuvenates your body and mind. 17 Keep it wholly. Cut out white flour, white sugar and white rice, along with all other processed foods; they only sit in your gut for hours and spread infection, allergic reactions and fatigue. Opt instead for whole oats, brown rice, lentils and natural sweeteners like stevia and agave nectar. Can a Gluten-Free Diet Ease Symptoms of Fibromyalgia? 18 Have a breath mint. Peppermint is used by aromatherapists to awaken the mind and boost energy. Don’t have access to a health food store that sells essential oils? Stop by a drug store and pick up a peck of peppermint gum.
19 Unload. Feeling depressed? It might help to call up a friend that you haven’t heard from in a while, send an email to a close relative or chat with a colleague. If it’s something too personal to share with close friends, then schedule an appointment with a social worker.
20 Laugh it up! It’s hard to feel tired, depressed or down-in-the-dumps when there’s a smile on your face. Think of something funny you read recently, or check out today’s comics. Even a quick you-tube search for “comedy” is likely to result in something that will lift up your spirits.
Here are some more good tips on avoiding chronic fatigue, B12 deficiency and fibromyalgia:
“Fibro Haze” isn’t an acid rock band from the 70s- fibromyalgia brain fog is what happens when when your physical, emotional, and biochemical elements get together and decide to wreak havoc on your nervous system.
Oftentimes linked with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the symptoms of fibromyalgia are confusion, tiredness and forgetfulness.
Do you have trouble remembering somebody’s name about one minute after she introduced herself?
Do you often forget where you parked your car, or which side of the mall you entered from?
How’s your math- do you have trouble adding up simple calculations in your head?
When you try to read, do you get distracted by every outside noise?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of different factors which can cause fibromyalgia and fatigue, making it all that much more difficult to get to the root of the problem.
1) Insomnia: If you’re not getting enough sleep, then it’s all downhill from here. Sleep disorders make it difficult for your body to produce enough serotonin, which is important for memory. Stick to a rigid sleep schedule, and don’t spend time on the computer less than 1 hour before bedtime. Try to avoid long naps in the middle of the day; twenty minutes should be your limit. If fibromyalgia nerve pain is what’s keeping you up nights, then test out an orthopedic support pillow, test-drive a different mattress, or ask your doctor about safe, gentle sleeping aids. B12 Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Decline, and more
2) Emotional upset caused by nerve pain: Chronic pain takes up a lot of your brain’s attention. It’s hard to focus on all the things that are happening around you when inside, your nerves are on red alert from constant pain signals. Some prescription pain medicines are helpful for alleviating aches. Ice compresses or heating pads are effective, as well. Many fibromyalgia sufferers are also finding that practicing tai chi helps relax their nerves and soothe muscular soreness. Why More Fibromyalgia Patients are Taking Tai Chi
3) Stress, anxiety and depression: Chronic stress and anxiety attacks lower your immunity and tire out your nervous system. If you can’t remove yourself from a stressful situation, then learn to cope- your health depends on it. Try yoga, deep breathing, light exercise and a healthy diet. If necessary, ask your doctor about antidepressants which help to prevent panic disorder. Chronic Depression, Chronic Pain- It’s All the Same, say Experts
4) History of child abuse: Recent studieshave noted a strong link between people who suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms and personal history of physical or mental abuse.
5) Family history: Ask your family members if chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain or fibromyalgia symptoms run in the family. If anything, at least it will help solve the mystery. Teens are No Stranger to Chronic Fatigue
6) Diet: An increasing number of CFS and fibromyalgia patients are finding that switching to a gluten-free diet has helped reduce some of the fibromyalgia symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches and fatigue. Try seeking out some great non-gluten breads, mixes and sweets in the health food section of your supermarket, and see what happens! Can a Gluten-Free Diet Ease Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?