I suffered brain damage due to a vitamin B12 deficiency. But, as my GP was unable to diagnose this, I had to do my own research. When I eventually discovered that I could be suffering from a B12 deficiency, I asked for a blood test and was told it was normal. After more research, I attended the Oxford Memory Assessment Clinic and took along a copy of the blood test to avoid more needles. The consultant there said that my result was actually below normal.
As a result, I was put on B12 injections for life but, after the first two - a month apart - I decided, no more. I was violently ill after both injections, vomiting and retching for about 48 hours and also suffering from diarrhoea.
I then discovered B12 Nuggets (Solgar) and started taking them once a day, at mealtime. After 45 days, I felt mild nausea and stopped taking them as my B12 level was back to normal, according to further blood tests. I haven't had a Nugget or any other B12 supplements since. However, my GP told me I must continue to take them, warning me that I could develop pernicious anaemia otherwise.
I looked into lifelong B12 injections and discovered a real scam. It appears that these injections are given, rather than oral B12, because they tie the patient to visits to the surgery whereas Nuggets, for example, can be bought over the counter. More than that, patients should be able to have oral B12 on prescription because it is officially recommended by the NHS over the injections.
Yet, when I asked for such a prescription, I was refused and told they were not the recommended form of B12. Yet, I know they are indeed the recommended form of B12 - either the doctors truly don't know this or they are simply ignoring the truth. - Maureen Marsh, Bampton, Oxfordshire