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How long will it take for b12 to work?

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Unread 07-07-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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I am having weird ticklish sensation in muscles like hands, arms, back of head and twitching.

How long will it take for 5mcg of vitamin b12 to work if I am deficient? And how long will it take for magnesium to work? I am also breastfeeding thanks in advance
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Unread 07-08-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
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When women have children, several things can happen.

1) you may be hypothyroid...after delivery. This happens fairly commonly. So I would get that tested. Tingling and or numbness in the hands and feet are one sign of low thyroid functioning.

2) you may develop an autoimmune disorder after delivery. This is when they turn up if they turn up. This can be evaluated with blood tests.

3) you may be very low in Vit D. New data is coming out on Vit D and health. There is new data on the correct new dosage for infants that are breastfeeding too.
http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread92116.html

4) you may be depleted in essential fatty acids, since the baby takes enormous amounts of Omega-3s (esp DHA) to develop the brain. There is a supplement made especially for pregnant and nursing mothers-- Expecta:
http://www.enfamil.com/app/iwp/enfam...1&r=3424514444
If you did not take the new prenatals with Omega-3s in them, I'd seriously suggest you start this ASAP. It will help both you and your new baby.

5) I would get tested for B12 levels so you know where you are.
Also at this time get the Vit D test, so you will know how much to take.
As far as I know, B12 is not harmful for the baby. And if you were low during the pregnancy the baby may be low too.

These are the basic nutritional stresses that occur after delivery.
If you do not eat foods that provide magnesium (almonds, figs, oatmeal, beans, Edamame beans, yogurt), you may need this mineral. I'd suggest trying to eat more foods high in this until you find out the other test results.
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Unread 07-13-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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I noticed some improvements within three weeks, although I continued to improve well over a year. I had a long list of symptoms, though. I would expect you would see some signs of improvement within 3 months time if B12 deficiency is the only problem. There may be other co-existing issues.
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Unread 07-21-2009, 11:43 AM   #4
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i hope you mean 5mg and not 5 mcg?
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Unread 07-21-2009, 04:43 PM   #5
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wow... good catch, pabb! I completely overlooked that.

1000mcg... the low end standard dose for treating B12 deficiency, is 16,667% of daily value according to my label.

The RDA is only 2.4 mcg.
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...ns/vitaminB12/

If chokato really meant 5 mcg, then she probably will not see any benefit at all from such a small amount. I suppose some multivitamins may only have 5 mcg?
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Unread 07-22-2009, 08:28 AM   #6
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wow... good catch, pabb! I completely overlooked that.

1000mcg... the low end standard dose for treating B12 deficiency, is 16,667% of daily value according to my label.

The RDA is only 2.4 mcg.
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...ns/vitaminB12/

If chokato really meant 5 mcg, then she probably will not see any benefit at all from such a small amount. I suppose some multivitamins may only have 5 mcg?
i suspect that is the case.....and bound up with the other vit. not going to do "squat"....lol
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Unread 07-22-2009, 10:14 PM   #7
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Make sure your magnesium is good one too not the oxide. I have been taking it for awhile mag glycinate and am not sure the difference but still have read good things. What other supplements do you take and what kind of bloodwork did you have and results?
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