So… I’ve had this weird health thing go on… Muscle spasms… In my face. Actually, it is in my left eyelid, so it looks a bit weird when it hits.
In addition, I’ve had facial paresthesia(fancy word for tingly numbness) return in my opposite cheek, so I became worried about it being the beginning of who knows what. (I was tested for more things than I can think of about 6 years ago because of nerve problems – nothing ever became of it after the aggressive testing, so the numbness in my face is just an artifact.)
I go to my doctor. He sat and actually read through all the test results from 6 years ago with me, and noticed that the blood work didn’t test for B-12. So he orders about 6 different blood screens, including B-12.
Friday night, he personally calls me at home to tell me that it was indeed a deficiency, so low that it should be worked on immediately. Now THAT, my friends, is why I LOVE my doctor!
So here is my PSA on Vitamin B-12….
Vitamin B-12 is essential for nerve control and balance. It supports the production of red blood cells, allows to nerves to develop, and helps in the metabolism of proteins, carbs, and fat… B-12 deficiency can lead to abnormal neurological and psychiatric symptoms, such as shaky movements, mood disturbances, dementia, and muscle weakness. This deficiency can take 4-6 years to show itself fully, and the body typically has stores of up to 2-3 years. It is most commonly seen in older adults over 50.
O.K. I’m off my soapbox now. Now to finish getting kiddo ready for school