Hi all, I'm sorry I haven't been back to the forum in a while. I was having some blood tests so I stopped my vitamins. And I started to feel better.
I have noticed this for the past 3 years. Only now am I really thinking it is a connection. I remember numerous times sitting outside in the front yard telling my husband that I had stopped my vitamins (whole food supplements, vitamin Bs or magnesium w/added B6) and that every time I stopped I started to feel better. At some point I would think I was being stupid or really needed these supplements because I have so much body pain... diagnosed as autoimmune and fibromyalgia... so of course I must need these supplements! I would start them again. And a couple of months later, stop... because I wasn't feeling good. Well, this has happened again. I stopped my vitamins and supplements a couple months ago for complete blood testing, including vit B12 and vit B6. I got a call from the lab, and of course they LOST my blood sample for the B6 so I had to go in again. So I received all my tests for everything except the B6.
As I was waiting, my neuropathy was getting better. I wasn't cold or numb all the time. My toes improved (but did not go back to normal - freakish reddish toenail outline and pain). Then, a couple weeks ago, I started some multi vitamin B and some folic acid. Plus vit C, my MOUTH had started to get sore. And my tongue is sore at night. Feels like I have sores, but don't see them. It is mostly underneath my tongue. After taking these vitamins for only a couple of days, my*feet started getting worse. Worse around the toenails and NUMB starting again. How can the vitamin that supposedly is water soluble and flushes out if you don't need it cause this? I was going to buy vitamins online but I can't figure out these symptoms. Worse when I take vitamins, better when I don't. Yet I have these issues that would make taking vitamins make sense.
Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking it was vitamin B6. And my B12 test came back normal. Could I have some weird problem with these? Is that possible?
On a side note, I have talked to my doctors about vitamins, and I get the same answers mostly... don't worry about taking too much. Or... your tests are fine. You don't need anything. Or... you don't need magnesium if you have a good diet. To which I always want to reply... but most US diets are not necessarily GOOD anymore. I do not believe I eat the right things, however, allergy dieting has not shown any improvements.
So can someone absorb too much B6 without taking the supplements? Can someone have a deficiency where they can't absorb it properly? This is so weird, and even the whole foods store owners keep telling me to take these vitamins with B6 in them.