You mentioned earlier (January 16, 2015 posting) that you are on short-term disability. I am not acquainted with the terms and benefits of this; maybe you have insurance that would cover the $150 cost of a urinary methylmalonic acid (uMMA) test. If not, and if this cost out-of-pocket is too much for you, maybe your doctor's office, your county health department, or a local social agency could help you find a way to get testing at a very low cost –or possibly even free. I think the homocysteine (Hcy) test and urinary methylmalonic acid (MMA) test are important.Becca5766 wrote:Okay this really interests me. So you both are saying that my b12 is below the recommended level of the author? I prefer to wait for the spinal tap before I jump to the b12 side of things, I do believe supplements are necessary at this point when I do talk to my doctor. Don't mind my foggy mindedness, can you have MS and a b12 deficiency? At this point I'm not trying to be but I'm somewhat skeptical since they stated it was average (I know the average can be questionable according to some people) trying to be as open minded as possible here but I am having extreme difficulty thinking that this is the issue. As I said I will look into supplements, if it could be higher i assume its not that far off,I am taking a lot of this in as I am typing this but I will do the research as requested by you both and see if she will do that blood work for me. My red blood cell count is fine so in all honesty I am not too concerned
Because if it was a b12 deficiency my red blood cell count would also be off if I am correct.
As for being told that your B12 level was average… A lab's standard ranges for tests are established locally and statistically by all those taking the test – the sick people and the healthy people are "averaged" together. There can be differences from lab to lab. The actual numbers are more useful.