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Could low B12 could be a symptom of Scleroderma?

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#1 Ron


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 03:36 PM

About a month or more ago, I was having really bad heart palpitations, sometimes every second beat, the heart would skip a beat.  I could really feel it.  Was sent for an ECG and they showed up on the test as well as 2 other abnormalities.

For about the past week now, for some reason they have not been bothering me, or I am not noticing them.  I had a blood test recently and my B12 is low and low B12 can cause heart palpitations. I have had them for years, but never that bad.      

But I am wondering why my B12 is low.  So if others here are going for blood work, ask your doctor to test your  B12 levels and see if they are low.

I am curious to see if low B12 could be a symptom of Scleroderma.

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:19 PM

Hi Ron,


For more information on B12, please see our page on Anemia of Chronic Disease. A B12 deficiency is called Pernicious Anemia. Interestingly for you, it can also cause shortness of breath, palpitations, and fatigue.



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 07:46 PM

Hi Ron,

I'm glad to hear that your heart palpitations have been a little better recently and as Shelley has said, it's interesting that low B12 can cause some of the symptoms you've been experiencing.

Hopefully, when you see your heart specialist, it will help him to get a clearer picture about the palpitations etc. and he will be able to advise and help you more fully.
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Posted 19 June 2015 - 01:07 AM

I also have a low B 12 level. I have been taking supplements and am being retested at the end of the month.

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 05:57 AM

Shelley and Jo,


Thanks for the reply, I was not aware of Anemia of Chronic Disease.  That may be the cause of my low B12.  On B12 supplements now.

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 12:59 AM

Ron, Gareth's B-12 was fine when initially diagnosed. It was his Vitamin D levels that were around 19-20, but they should be in the low 30's.


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