Having read some of the posts about Vitamin B12 on this site, I asked my GP when I needed a routine blood test for another reason, if I could be tested also for B12. I have now add the results which show I am deficient - I have a level of 175. I am now awaiting the results of a second blood test to test my intrinsic factor levels which I think tests if I can absorb B12 in my food - I think this is called pernicious anaemia?
Now I know B12 deficiency can cause symptoms which mimic MS. I also understand that there is some evidence that people with MS tend to be low in B12. My diagnosis was clinched when oligoclonal bands showed up in a lumbar puncture last year.
My question is does Vitamin B12 deficiency cause OGC banding in which case is my MS diagnosis likely to be withdrawn? Or is it more likely that I have both MS and B12 deficiency?
Either way I will probably be offered injections which hopefully will reduce the tingling which has been a recent symptom for me - since Christmas, and perhaps help with fatigue.
Any thoughts anyone?