Elevated Iron and Vitamin B12 Levels

Posted by fromlondon5 @fromlondon5, Aug 9, 2021

My blood work came back with these two elevated (first time in my life) and Dr. says to get off all of my iron and B12. Concerned that the levels will drop in a few weeks and I'll feel rotten again.

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Hello @fromlondon5, Welcome to Connect. You will notice that we changed the title of your discussion a little to better describe the topic of your discussion and hopefully bring in members with experience to share. Here is some information you may find helpful until other members share their experience with you.

"The body cannot excrete excess iron, so it stores it in certain organs, notably the liver, heart, and pancreas, which can lead to organ damage. Damage to the …" — Iron overload disorder: Symptoms, causes, and treatment: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/166455

Did your doctor explain why you need to stop taking your iron and vitamin b12 supplements other than the levels are too high?

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I can answer about the high B12 as I have a similar situation right now. Elevated B12 in blood can indicate a potential problem with the liver or kidneys, undiagnosed diabetes, or another blood disorder. You are asked to stop all B12 containing supplements for a time to determine whether the high reading is from supplements or your body. 6 months is the typical time to stop supplements.

As for the high iron, John is correct, and those supplements can linger in the fat of the liver for a long time, so supplements must be stopped usually for 6 months to determine what your body is doing.

Eating a healthy diet will provide enough iron and B12 to keep you healthy unles you have some form of anemia. Were the supplements prescribed for you to treat a deficiency?

Sue

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@johnbishop

Hello @fromlondon5, Welcome to Connect. You will notice that we changed the title of your discussion a little to better describe the topic of your discussion and hopefully bring in members with experience to share. Here is some information you may find helpful until other members share their experience with you.

"The body cannot excrete excess iron, so it stores it in certain organs, notably the liver, heart, and pancreas, which can lead to organ damage. Damage to the …" — Iron overload disorder: Symptoms, causes, and treatment: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/166455

Did your doctor explain why you need to stop taking your iron and vitamin b12 supplements other than the levels are too high?

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No, he didn't. Going to find another dr. who can monitor these levels. Thanks

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@sueinmn

I can answer about the high B12 as I have a similar situation right now. Elevated B12 in blood can indicate a potential problem with the liver or kidneys, undiagnosed diabetes, or another blood disorder. You are asked to stop all B12 containing supplements for a time to determine whether the high reading is from supplements or your body. 6 months is the typical time to stop supplements.

As for the high iron, John is correct, and those supplements can linger in the fat of the liver for a long time, so supplements must be stopped usually for 6 months to determine what your body is doing.

Eating a healthy diet will provide enough iron and B12 to keep you healthy unles you have some form of anemia. Were the supplements prescribed for you to treat a deficiency?

Sue

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Yes, I was deficient but I think the amount prescribed was too high and not monitored

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@fromlondon5

Yes, I was deficient but I think the amount prescribed was too high and not monitored

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FromLondon, what were the underlying symptoms or the condition that you are trying to treat?

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