dcrachel Posted July 9, 2012 Share Posted July 9, 2012 Does anyone here have to deal with a Vitamin B12 deficiency? I imagine it is fairly uncommon for the Whole9 crowd, since B12 comes from animal meats and products. My story:I'm 250+ pounds on a 5'9" frame. I never recovered after having a baby, weight-wise. I was diagnosed with depression after the pregnancy. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the pregnancy. Diagnosed with IBS after the pregnancy. Do you see a theme? Basically, my body wasn't so happy being pregnant! I have done low-carb and "paleo-like" diets in the past to amazing success. I feel great! I have energy! Sex is better! Food is delicious! Etc. I never stick to it for more than 4-5 months, though, and I've suffered the consequences. After a year of feeling off, a lot of personal stress, gaining even more weight, I decided to try a Whole30. I was committed. Until the end of week one when I started getting constant, mild vertigo. The walls would move around me, I was mildly dizzy all the time, and everything was just plain weird. I thought the drastic dietary change could be to blame, so I went back to the SAD way of eating, but the symptoms persisted. After a LOT of tests, including an MRI, it all boils down to a Vitamin B12 deficiency. My levels were on the low side of normal, but I was experiencing all those troubling neurological symptoms (which normally aren't found in people unless they have a VERY low level). I'm now taking B12 injections to normalize my levels, but I'm wondering how in the world I could be deficient in a vitamin found in so much food I'm eating. I have a suspicion my gut is so damaged that I'm not absorbing it. Is anyone here B12 deficient? Did you find relief through the Whole30? Did you have to make other changes beyond the Whole30? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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