Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can a Vitamin Deficiency Cause My Fatigue?

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 05:41 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have suddenly starting feeling very fatigued. In the past I have been told I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Could this be the problem?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Vitamin B12 deficiency will cause fatigue. If you have a documented B12 deficiency, replacement of your B12 by “sublingual” B12 — a pill placed under the tongue — may be preferable to a B12 injection. In any case, it is prudent for you to see your personal physician for a health review and appraisal before you embark on self-treatment of fatigue.
 
If you have a B12 deficiency, a blood test could determine if you are anemic. If not, other causes should be looked for. Don’t forget that fatigue can be a symptom of underlying diseases, including heart disease, infection, cancer, and endocrine disorders such as diabetes and thyroid disorder.

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