How physical therapy has helped my B12 deficiency

B12 deficiency symptomsToday I was back at Physical Therapy. I started about five months ago because I was struggling to walk due to severe Vitamin B12 deficiency (caused by Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia).

That’s right. At age 33, I was nearly bedridden and so weak that I had to relearn how to walk and how to stand/balance. I reached the point where I could barely move and I was forced to use a walker or wheelchair. But I had a very important goal to motivate my progress. I wanted to fulfill my bridesmaid role and walk down the aisle at the wedding of my childhood best friend. And I did it — with the help of the bride’s brother/awesome groomsman and some supportive bridesmaids!

But I’ve still got a long way to go on my recovery. I still walk with a cane. And I still struggle with neurological weakness on the right side of my body. Never is this more evident than during my physical therapy sessions and exercises. It can be very frustrating when it feels like I’m working so much harder on the right side and not seeing much progress. That’s when my #OneGoodThing project on this blog helps to lift up my spirits again.

Today’s #OneGoodThing was making some progress in physical therapy (at least on the left side). This week is Vitamin B12 Awareness week and so I’ll be sharing more about how I finally got my diagnosis, my top 10 coping strategies, how this chronic disease affects my daily life and how I learned to give myself injections despite a needle phobia.

Day 264 of 366.

What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!

Note to my Nosy Parker readers: Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a wide variety of symptoms. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can kill you and before it does, it can truly wreak havoc on your entire body. It is a serious chronic illness. If you’ve got any of the symptoms listed in this graphic, please visit the websites listed for more information. (Special thanks to a B12 buddy in the support group for making this graphic!) Before taking any supplements, ask your doctor to test your B12 level! Also, I am not a doctor, nor a scientist. I am simply sharing my personal experiences and what I’ve learned.



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