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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are some common symptoms of vitamin deficiency? i have suffered weigh loss, easy bruising, sore bones and joints. dr told me to take a daily vitamin.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Good start: The most common vitamin deficiency is d, which causes a lot of nonspecfic pain and some other problems. Especially with the weight loss, or if your pain syndrome does not resolve quickly, it would be wise to continue to seek a cause -- possibly malabsorption contributing to a vitamin deficiency. Good luck and stay proactive.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Many diff. symptoms: There are many different vitamins & deficiencies of each can cause a wide variety of symptoms, so virtually any symptom could be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency.This may not only cause many symptoms but can lead to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc. See www.Healthsupplementsnutritionalguide.Com/vitamin-deficiency-symptoms.Html you might need extra d- see comment:.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
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As my esteemed colleague Dr. Friedlander mentions, the most common deficiency is Vitamin D, which can cause sore bones & joints. Most multivitamins have 400 iu of Vit D, but most adults need about 5000 iu of Vit D3 to achieve optimal levels (though if you spend time in the mid-day sun without sunscreen in spring and summer you can get D that way). You could ask your doctor to check your levels of Vit. D or try taking 5000 iu/day. Easy bruising can be related to a deficiency of bioflavonoids. The majority of Americans are deficient in vitamins and minerals. Some multivitamins are much higher quality than others- see http://www.multivitaminguide.org/ for independent ratings of many brands- any of the top 35 or so should be a good choice. Of course there are other possible causes of your symptoms and, like Dr. Friedlander, I am concerned about your weight loss, so if you do not have improvement within a month or so I would seek further evaluation. And a vitamin is not a substitute for a healthy diet. Make sure you are eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. I advise avoiding GMO foods- these currently permeate our food supply and have NOT been proven safe- see http://drrandybaker.com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/
May 7, 2013
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Work up: My advice would be to see a holistic or integrative medicine physician for a micronutrient work up.
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