"Why can't I have B12 injections?"

About: NHS Lanarkshire

(as the patient),

I have been struggling for nearly 2 years with all the symptoms of b12 deficiency. It all started with a sore tongue and has led onto extreme fatigue, sore bones and joints, memory loss just to name a few.

I was given b12 tablets and calcium and folic acid tablets. I just returned to docs as no improvement, got blood tests and another prescription for calcium vitamin d and folic acid.

My b12 is borderline and no need to injections. I have tried all other solutions and now am begging for a b12 injection, as a trial, to see if it works,. But I was told no! I am desperate to get my life back.

I'm 31 and feel 71! I have now resorted to buying injections online with no knowledge of how to inject them so again called my doc to ask if a nurse can show me to be told no! Why are b12 injections so hard to get? Something should be done because I don't ever want anyone to struggle to be heard as I have.

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Response from Laura Jack, Patient Affairs Manager, Primary Care Division, NHS Lanarkshire

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Hi Marym347,

Thanks for getting in touch with us and I'm really sorry to hear about your symptoms. What your describing sounds really unpleasant and must be frustrating for you to deal with - I can completely understand the feeling of wanting to get your life back to normal!

Hopefully I can help in some way. If you can contact me directly I can direct your concerns to you local GP practice or provide support in the form of one of our Patient Advice and Support Service officers. You can ring me directly on 01698 858 292 or email laura.jack@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk and we can have a chat about the best way to move this forward for you.

Many thanks and take care

Laura

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Update posted by Marym347 (the patient)

Hi Laura. Thanks you so much for taking the time to respond. I recently visited the doctor again and was told the don't "think" b12 injections would work and it may be extreme fatigue so I now have to wait another 6-8 weeks for an appointment at a general clinic with no help in the meantime. This is now my 3rd day in bed 😪. I called and left a msg so if you could get back to me with any help in the meantime it would be greater appreciated.

Response from Laura Jack, Patient Affairs Manager, Primary Care Division, NHS Lanarkshire

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Hi Marym347,

It was good to speak to you again today and I'm glad we were able to help you last week and further today - linking in with your GP Practice. Just wanted to wish you all the best with your onward referral and prescriptions.

Please feel free to drop us a line to let us know how you are getting on in the future!

Good luck

Laura

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Update posted by Marym347 (the patient)

Thank you so much for all your help.