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Does A Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Shingles
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
Likely: One recent study showed vitamin d deficiency to be linked to depression in a small group of women between 42 and 66 years of age. After that the guidelines for daily intake of vitamin d were raised top 600 units/day for adults under 70. However, be aware that there are many other causes for depression which could be present in the same person, including thyroid disease, diabetes, stress and so on. ...Read more
Can a Vitamin D deficiency cause muscle weakness, shakiness and exercise intolerance? I have low vitamin D, I'm being treated, on week 2, feel awful
Severe vitamin D def: May cause Adults to experience "bone pain" as well as muscle weakness. There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are the more common symptoms: Fatigue, General muscle pain and weakness, Muscle cramps, Joint pain, Chronic pain, Weight gain, High blood pressure, Restless sleep, Poor concentration, and Headaches. ...Read more
It may help decrease: Vitamin D stimulates bone turnover by protecting against bone osteoblasts and by preserving fast twitch fibers in muscles. It also decreases inflammation in body tissues and inflammation may be the cause of degeneration in musculoskeletal system. There are many cause of back pain. If a person has rickets vitamin D can treat it. Adequate D levels are associated with less fracture risk. ...Read more
May be not sure: Mental confusion may have a positive link to low levels of serum vitamin d, shows a study in the study 32 elderly patients between the ages of 61 and 92, who presented with symptoms of mental confusion, were evaluated for nutritional status. Blood samples were taken to determine vitamin d levels, and it was found that out of a cohort of 32patients, 25 had low serum vitamin d levels. ...Read more
Osteomalacia: Hi. In adults, the most serious problem from vitamin D deficiency is osteomalacia, poor bone mineralization. Vitamin D also has receptors in many other tissues besides bone. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased fall risk, and possibly heart disease as well. My advise to patients is keep your 25 (OH)vitamin D level mid-30's or higher. Good luck! ...Read more
Vitamin D deficiency: Normally lack of exposure to sunlight. This can be accentuated by the fact we are now also covering our bodies with more clothing and sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. In addition, lack of vit d in our diets or poor absorption of vitamin d. Foods normally don't have much vitamin d but some foods that our high in vit d include wild salmon, mackerel, eggs, liver. ...Read more
Not cause, but....: It's a really important deficiency to correct as well and soon as possible. Here are links to depression reported and even to thought disorders, but all mental symptoms can overlap and if anxiety is a tendency for you, a D deficiency might contribute to you feel that way. Work w/ a doctor or read nutritional info to get that corrected. CBT can also help treat anxiety. Best! ...Read more
No: There is no association between the two. ...Read more
Maybe: Hi. If you get most of your vit. D from your diet (instead of from sun exposure), malabsorption can cause vit. D deficiency. So causes of malabsorption are associated with diarrhea, so there can be a connection. In general, I'd say chronic diarrhea needs a good work up by a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: Severe Vitamin D deficiency (rarely seen in developed countries) can cause hypocalcemia. 25 (OH)- D levels of 4.4 ng/ml (11 mol/L) or lower can cause hypocalcemia. Some of other causes of hypocalcemia include intestinal malabsorption, alcoholism, CKD, diuretics and hypoparathyroidism. Check ionized calcium level to confirm it is low. ...Read more
Does vitamin d deficiency cause secondary hyperparathyroidism, or is vitamin d deficiency caused by primary hyperparathyroidism?
Secondary parathyroidism which is most of the time due to Chronic Renal Failure
But can also be caused after Bariatric Surgery, Small Bowel Disease and Chronic Pancreatitis, where there ilow vitamin d and low calcium and that stimulates parathyroid to make more parathyroid hormone ...Read more
Several things: First an inadequate amount of vitamin d in the diet, or the inability to absorb vitamin d and fats (d is fat soluable). Also, inadequate exposure to sunlight, which converts vitamin d to its active form. Being a radiologist and working in a dark room all day, I'm surprised more of my colleagues don't have it! ...Read more
Different issues: Vitamin d deficiency is common in the us due low exposure to sun, low milk consumption and obesity. If you are deficient in vitamin d you can take over the counter supplement. Exercise intolerance can be due to many causes from lack of physical activity to many systemic disorders and you should consult your doctor. ...Read more
Numbness: Yes, it can cause numbness in the extremities as well as muscle spasms in hands and feet. ...Read more
Some one deficient in iron and vitamin D is likely to be deficient in other nutrients as well. If would be prudent to consult a doctor for a proper assessment. In the mean time, take a multivitamin tablet daily. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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