Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Neuropathy

I gradually began to have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. I would wake up

in the middle of the night and my arms would be asleep. I really became concerned when I woke up one morning, stood up and could hardly walk. My feet felt like they were on fire and I had sharp piercing pain on the bottom of my feet like someone was sticking needles in me.

I became very anxious about this and started worrying excessively about having neuropathy. When the symptoms worsened, I went to see my doctor. The doctor was concerned that I might have diabetic neuropathy so she ordered lab tests. Thank goodness  the lab results came back negative.  I didn’t have diabetes!

It was horrible! I could not walk without having this stabbing, burning pain and the doctors did not know what was causing it. I tried different kinds of gel pads in my tennis shoes, but the pads were of little help. Eventually, the pain was so bad that I could no longer wear regular shoes or flip flops.

Side note** I finally found a pair of shoes I could wear without adding gel pads and my feet started to feel a little better. They were Go Walk Skechers.
This surprised me because I don’t usually like Skecher shoes. Trust me, if you have feet problems, give the Go Walk Skechers  a try. Back to the story…

As the burning and needle like pain increased, my anxiety worsened. I made another visit to the doctor. This time she said my feet appeared to have a fungus so she gave me a prescription for anti-fungal cream. I used the cream as directed and soaked my feet in Epsom salt nightly, but the burning and stinging pain persisted. In addition, I was still waking up in the middle of the night with my arms and fingers tingling and numb.

I was really getting anxious and contemplating scheduling an appointment with a specialist when my husband brought home a Vitamin Retailer Magazine. One of the articles in the magazine caught my eye. It was an article about Vitamin B12 deficiency. The article described the symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency and they were the same symptoms that I was having.

My husband works at a health food store, so the next day he brought me home a bottle of  Jarrow Formulas Methyl-B12. The article said to take 2000 mcg for one month and then to decrease to 1000 mcg after a month.

I immediately starting taking the Methyl-B12 1000 Mcg.  After a couple of days, the burning started to decrease. After a week, the needle like pain began to subside. Within 3 weeks my feet were pain free and I started wearing regular shoes again. In addition, my arms & fingers stopped falling asleep in the middle of the night. Hurray! My feet are pain free!

I continue to take Vitamin B12 Methyl every day. If I stop for too long, the burning and needle like pain return.

If you are having burning sensations and needle like pain in your feet, I suggest you try Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin to see if it helps you like it did me. Make sure you check with your doctor first.

It is very important to only use a high quality Vitamin B12 with Methylcobalamin from a reputable manufacturer which are listed in our supplement store: Jarrow, Life Extension, Natural Factors, Solgar, or Doctors Best. If you use a low quality B12 without Methylcobalamin, you may not see any results. The Methylcobalamin (Methyl for short) is what makes the difference.

Did I mention that my anxiety is better too? I don’t know if it is because I am taking Methyl-B12 or if it’s just because I don’t have to worry about my feet anymore.

Another way to help find anxiety relief is to  to read my article on Natural Supplements for Anxiety and visit my Supplement Store which contains products specifically designed for  anxiety relief.


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