Imagine feeling that taking your own life is preferable to fighting your doctor for your right to this essential vitamin.
Imagine being tested for B12 deficiency and even though the serum test shows you are deficient, your doctor denies treatment because she doesn’t believe that your mind can be affected.
Imagine a newly qualified doctor telling you to eat more broccoli to build your supplies of B12.
Imagine pleading for injections for your severely B12 deficient child only to be ignored, all this whilst the doctor calls social services to accuse you of starving your child.
Imagine a helicopter police hunt for a desperately deficient OAP whose doctor thinks that three 50mcg oral cyanocobalamin B12 tablets per day will correct their severe deficiency.
Imagine your child being given a diagnosis of autism only to find later that B12 deficiency was the correct diagnosis.
Imagine being bed bound and unable to look after your children or yourself because your doctor thinks B12 is a placebo and will not allow B12 injections more frequently than every three months.
Imagine studying hard for a career only to find your undiagnosed B12 deficiency makes it impossible to work or contribute to society in any way.
Imagine being treated for cervical cancer when B12 deficiency caused your abnormal pap smears.
Imagine becoming anorexic and being admitted to a mental health ward where the doctors involved in your care don’t understand that anorexia is a symptom of B12 deficiency.
Imagine being diagnosed with post natal depression after enduring a long labour with B12 depleting ‘gas and air’ and only being treated with drugs instead of the vitamin her body has been starved of.
Imagine being labelled as a lazy hypochondriac when you haven’t the energy to raise your head from your pillow because your doctor says a three monthly injection is adequate treatment.
Imagine being one point above a B12 serum test’s lowest range, with screaming neurological symptoms and being denied treatment because a doctor says your level is ‘normal’.
Imagine being unable to remember the names of your loved ones, how to cook, how to read music, how to drive your car.
Imagine being tested and probed for other ‘more serious’ illnesses in your quest for a vitamin you know you need but medical professionals simply don’t.
Imagine being fed a cocktail of antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiepileptics, lithium, and pain killers, when all you really need is a 55p B12 injection every other day until your myriad of symptoms stop improving.
Imagine a night out partaking of some supposedly, harmless ‘hippy crack’ (nitrous oxide), and later finding that you can’t walk,and that your doctor never puts 2 and 2 together.
Imagine being misdiagnosed with MS due to your doctors ignorance of B12 deficiency.
Imagine knowing that other countries allow their citizens to buy this essential injectable vitamin over the counter but in the UK it is restricted and rationed.
Imagine being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or dementia in your 20’s or 30’s when it’s simply vitamin B12 deficiency causing your appalling memory problems.
Imagine having repeated miscarriages and rounds of unsuccessful IVF only to find that £10’s worth of vitamin B12 injections could have you on the road to natural conception.
Imagine your healthy baby becoming floppy, unresponsive and failing to thrive but never finding that elusive doctor with a comprehensive knowledge of B12.
Imagine your child being arrested when their anger and aggression is due to desperate under treatment for B12 deficiency.
Imagine finally giving up after you have fought for help from your doctor, only to be continually ignored.
Imagine knowing far more about B12 deficiency than your GP or any of the ’specialists’ your doctor has referred you to.
Imagine an ignorant consultant calling Social Services to accuse you, a loving parent, of causing your child’s malnutrition when you have a family history of B12 deficiency.
Imagine being mistakenly prescribed acid suppressants when your stomach acid is already too low to absorb B12 and then finding that eventually your legs fail you.
Imagine being diagnosed with pernicious anaemia and knowing you will need treatment for life but having an ignorant doctor stop your injections when the serum B12 level is ‘within range’.
Imagine having repeated cardiac arrests, prolonged stays in mental health units and when you finally work out that you are B12 deficient, being denied treatment.
Imagine a life with this condition, when your family and friends don’t understand your many symptoms and who tell you ‘the doctor must know best’.
Imagine the savings to the NHS if they woke up to B12 deficiency.
All the above have happened and sadly may continue to happen until something changes.
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