How does high B complex levels affect my chronic fatigue?

Published: October 7, 2013
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I had a blood test recently and was told to not take any vitamins with B comlex vitamins in them. My counts were too high. I want to know how this will affect my chronic fatigue?

Answer

That is a common misunderstanding. The normal range simply means that you are not in the highest or lowest 2 % of the population (called 2 standard deviations) and being above that range in B vitamins is a good thing. As an analogy, most physicians' incomes are above the "normal range" (on a planet wide scale). So for most B vitamin levels, the higher the better. One possible exception is the vitamin B6 /pyridoxine level in those with overt neuropathic problems, where very high levels may be a concern. So ask why your doctor is concerned. Is there a specific problem that raises his concern, or simply a misunderstanding of what the normal range means (ie- in most cases it simply reflects 2 standard deviations, so people can have deficiencies despite normal labs, such as with thyroid, and sometimes high is good) I hope this is helpful to you and your doctor.

L&B,
Dr T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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