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B12 Experts - Suspension Of Supplements Before A Test?

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I'm looking on advice on whether taking a B12 supplement prior to a blood test will distort the true picture by 'artificially' raising the amount in the blood.

 

I have a few tingles and twitches which surface from time to time and am pretty sure that it is when my B12 is low.  I have started on methycobalimin 1000mcg sublingual supplements in the last two days, prior to that for a couple of weeks I was taking cobalamin supplements and a general B complex, and I feel they are making a difference but my lovely GP, quite rightly, wants to check where my levels are at the moment.  

 

When I was diagnosed my levels were pretty borderline BUT I was taking Berocca so I am never really sure how accurate those were.  My feeling is I might have been offered some shots had Berocca not been helping.  

 

My question is, do any of you know is it necessary to do a supplement fast before a blood test for a truer picture and if so, how long would you give it?  At the moment my test is booked for end of next week.

 

Many thanks!


Diagnosed by blood test and endoscopy Spring 2013

Adopted a gluten-free diet in May 2013

 

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For me, I continue to take my vitamins and see what my levels are. If they are at the high end, I know I can take less. If they are at the lower end or in the middle, I figure I am doing the right thing by taking them. If I am still low, I know I need to take more or heal more. For some vitamins, not taking them for a week wouldn't really effect the levels.... So it might give you a false sense that you don't need them?


 

 

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Ask your doctor to be on the safe side. Mine didn't want me supplementing for a week or two before the levels were tested. 


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Thanks so much friends.  My GP did tell me that I could keep taking them but I wanted to check with the experts on this board too. The buzzing in my cheek is really playing up now having almost fizzled out (literally!) UNTIL I saw my doctor and she told me she was going to give me a barrage of blood test - B12 is just one of them...  She has ordered so many tests  :(

 

My Gastroenterologist says that I have 'white coat tachycardia' - i.e. my BP soars in a medical setting, seems I have white coat neuropathy too...  


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Adopted a gluten-free diet in May 2013

 

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