jimmylegs wrote:27!! that is reaaally down there. b12 is a really logical go-to nutrient to look at. any idea why it's low in your case? what is your diet like?
fyi I've noticed that it's easier to get your levels up when your zinc is topped up to high normal. my b12 levels are pretty great with just diet plus b-vits in my multi. less supplementation than ever since dx
going forward, vit b12 deficiency is the #1 nutritional differential dx for ms. my docs didn't believe me re my deficiency history because of a computer glitch, even though I told them i'd been vegan for years. any questions you have about b12, I've been there :S ugh..
it's hard not to be mad at the system BUT lots of resources to help you. realizing that it's up to you is step one. if you get too much attitude from the docs there are private options that may be something you could consider.
great idea re finding a receptive doc to work with. they do exist (I am lucky in that way)
jimmylegs wrote:omeprazole again! arg. i know it depletes magnesium, which is known to be low in ms patients, but will have to read more about its effects on other nutrients.
less beef could link up to the low b12 (since beef is a source of both zinc and b12, also both low in ms) but i'm surprised we're talking about a serum level of 27. and that's in pg/ml I bet! so even lower in pmol/l!
glad you have a helpful nutritionist and I hope you are successful getting the tests. please do bring your results here for interpretation!
it sucks when money is tight. i feel your pain :S i am very fortunate here to have a government system to help pay for the testing, and a helpful open minded family doctor.
have you read much about nutrient density in food? i can help you get the most bang for your food card buck, in terms of nutrition and 'fullness' if you are interested. has the potential to help things out on a few different levels.
jimmylegs wrote:i'd even can the tums and the omeprazole if I were you :S if you can stand it!
here's some more reading (my kind of guy - not 'let's control this unruly acid' but 'what the hell is wrong with this LES!?')
http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody- ... tburn-gerd
http://chriskresser.com/the-hidden-caus ... n-and-gerd
if you turn out to be low in zinc (sounds extremely likely) fixing it may make a difference, esp if these assertions about bacterial overgrowth in the stomach - that's a pretty clear indication of a nutritional imbalance. I still have some digging to do on zinc and muscle (eg sphincter) function - there's plenty of info but I have to sort through it. excess calcium interferes with zinc status...
would you send me a list of typical items you usually would need for a week of groceries? i can send feedback on that first.
jimmylegs wrote:hey wellll.. I didn't read in fine detail but off the top of my head, that HCL part's a bit of a band aid 'controlling unruly acid' solution imho. you eat the right nutrients and hydrate and your LES should start behaving nicely. if you must have HCL please do consider it a short term thing while you work on getting the underlying systemic stuff on track. you'd probably be able to find HCL at a specialty health supplement store, or similar online vendor.
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