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I have been diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. I am really tired and don't feel I can't go back to work, how do I get my energy back?

I have been diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. I am really tired and don't feel I can't go back to work, how do I get my energy back?

Vitamin D: If you were diagnosed with "severe" vitamin d deficiency, your 25ohd level would usually be <20 ng/ml. For this, your doctor can treat you with 50, 000 iu d3 orally once per week for 6-8 weeks. This could be followed by taking 1000-2000 iu per day, with a re-test @ 3-4 months to see where you are. If the reason for vit d deficiency is poor absorption, your needs may differ. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes severe vitamin d deficiency?

What causes severe vitamin d deficiency?

Diet/sun exposure: Not enough vitamin d, either through diet or sunlight exposure. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist would you see for a severe vitamin d deficiency?

What kind of specialist would you see for a severe vitamin d deficiency?

Family Medicine: There is no need to see a specialist for this very common northern hemisphere problem. Your family physician can manage this easily for you. ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe vitamin d deficiency can I just skip the 50, 000 iu once a week pill for taking two 5000 D3 daily?

I am suffering from severe vitamin d deficiency can I just skip the 50, 000 iu once a week pill for taking two 5000 D3 daily?

Yes- DON'T TAKE D2!: The 50, 000 unit dose of vit d is the prescription form, vitamin d2. Research has shown this type may do more harm than good! Any doc who prescribes it is not informed of the research. I advise that most adults take vitamin d3, 5-8000 units/day to achieve optimal levels, but 10, 000 is safe. See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/30/taking-the-right-type-of-vitamin-d.Aspx. ...Read more

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I had severe vitamin d deficiency which my level was a 6. I was on 4, 000 i.U for two months. Now level is 36. Should I cut down? How can I maintain?

I had severe vitamin d deficiency which my level was a 6. I was on 4, 000 i.U for two months. Now level is 36. Should I cut down? How can I maintain?

Vitamin d: Low levels of vitamin d are common you have responded to average dose of vitamin d so do not suggest malabsorption continue same dose for 2 months and bring levels to or above 60 then drop to 2000 for maintanence. ...Read more

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How do I treat severe Vitamin D deficiency (5ng/ml or 13nmol/L). I spend at least 1 hour in the sun each day, uncovered but only 20 minutes at a time.

Many people take: 5, 000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily when their D level is low. It comes in capsule form and can be found in health food stores. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

What are the effects of having zoledronic acid infusion with severe vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency: Why are you getting zolendronic acid at such a young age?
What is the vitamin D level that is so low, and, if so, why is it so low?
Please let me hear from you. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What are known causes of vitamin d deficiency?

Recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What are known causes of vitamin d deficiency?

Poor intake/absorp-: There are three categories of problems leading to vitamin d deficiency.
--low intake of vitamin d: individuals on vegetarian diet & vegan diet
--low absorption from the gastrointestinal tract: individuals with pancreatic or liver disease
--inability to activate vitamin d: individuals with kidney failure. ...Read more

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What to do if I was recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What could be causing this?

What to do if I was recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What could be causing this?

Lack of sun & supps: Virtually all americans become deficient in vit d in the winter months if they don't supplement. It is impossible for us to produce vit d from sun in the fall & winter (unless you live in the deep south) as the sun is never high enough in the sky for uvb rays to reach us. Most adults need 5-8, 000 iu of vit d3 to achieve optimal levels. It is best to take vit a & k with d as they work in synergy. ...Read more

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Can (severe) vitamin d deficiency cause low blood sugar or insulin problems?

Can (severe) vitamin d deficiency cause low blood sugar or insulin problems?

No: Please do something about your vitamin d deficiency. If you have any reason to think you have real hypoglycemia, seek laboratory confirmation, especially if it's fasting hypoglycemia -- episodes of impaired mental function if you don't eat, corrected by taking glucose / orange juice. Your physician knows how to work this up; ignore most of the 'pop' wisdom. ...Read more

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If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?

Vit D malais: 53 M of unknown ethnicity from UK asks "if my severe Vit D was caused by malabsorption would oral D work". ANS; yes it you can correct cause of malabsorption or take in enough to overcome the malabsorb problem. Talk with your team there who know you best. ...Read more

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Can severe vitamin d deficiency cause sinus tachycardia?

Can severe vitamin d deficiency cause sinus tachycardia?

See below: That would be unlikely---your anxiety can most certainly cause sinsus tachycardia. ...Read more

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Can severe vitamin D deficiency (blood test positive) cause chronic nausea (amongst other things)?

Can severe vitamin D deficiency (blood test positive) cause chronic nausea (amongst other things)?

Not likely: Vitamin D deficiency is not likely to cause nausea. If you are deficient, as attested to by a blood test, you should take about 5000 units of vitamin D3 for about 6 months to make up the deficit. ...Read more

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Severe vitamin d deficiency. And I've had 3 CT scans. Does that mean I have cancer?

No: Vitamin d deficiency can be from inadequate exposure to sunlight (plenty of that in la), sunscreen, dark skin, inadequate intake (not many sources: fatty fish, fortified dairy, foods), poor absorption, e.g. Gut problems like celiac disease, crohn's disease, kidney or liver problems. Lots of causes besides cancer, especially in an 18 year old. See if you respond to rx. Got symptoms, get checked... ...Read more

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Could a severe vitamin d deficiency mask primary hyperparathyroidism by lowering serum calcium levels? [would u see low-normal calcium and high pth? ]

Could a severe vitamin d deficiency mask primary hyperparathyroidism by lowering serum calcium levels? [would u see low-normal calcium and high pth? ]

Masking: Masking of hyperpara with low D is unusual. 40% of hyperpara patients present with vitamin D deficiency. It is important to get all labs checked at the same time (blood draw) to prevent confounding results from tine of day or day to day changes. The labs I check are: total calcium, ionized calcium, 25 OH vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus, creatinine, chloride, and intact PTH. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a severe vitamin d deficiency, along with a slight calcium defiency could cause severe fatigue? (dx chronic fatigue syndrome)

Is it possible that a severe vitamin d deficiency, along with a slight calcium defiency could cause severe fatigue? (dx chronic fatigue syndrome)

Possible/unlikely: It is possible that very severe d deficiency can lead to weakness due to either deficiency in calcium or phosphorous -- but I doubt it would be sufficiently severe to be confused with chronic fatigue syndrome. D levels are easy to check and remedy w/replacement. ...Read more

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Can prolonged moderate to severe vitamin d deficiency be associated with extreme fatigue, tingling/needling sensations in feet, weakness & body ache?

I believe yes: There is a host of other problems with vidtamin d def as well. Get supplemented under care of doc as you need to check for corrective levels thru bloodwork. ...Read more

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I am suffering from malabsorption (iron, vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency). Bcoz of it I had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

I am suffering from malabsorption (iron, vitamin b12, vitamin d deficiency). Bcoz of it I had severe hair loss from 6 months. Is it reversible?

May be: Is your hair loss due to malabsorption or due to hereditary reasons? If it is due to nutritional deficiencies, there may be some reversal on correcting the deficiencies. However loss due to hereditary factors will not reverse. ...Read more

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Does Vitamin D deficiency cause severe itching and eczema in hands and legs? Or could it signify an issue with the liver?

Does Vitamin D deficiency cause severe itching and eczema in hands and legs? Or could it signify an issue with the liver?

No: Vit D deficiency isn't a cause for eczema/itching or a cause for liver disease, can it be seen in people having those conditions? Yes, but not a cause. Vit D deficiency is usually related to insufficient vitamin D intake or insufficient sun exposure, a very common condition can lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis, (weak bones) if long standing, treatment is easy, good luck ...Read more

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Will b-6 deficiency or vitamin d deficiency cause tight muscles like an 8 for several weeks at a time? Cramps, twitching headache, severe pain?

Will b-6 deficiency or vitamin d deficiency cause tight muscles like an 8 for several weeks at a time? Cramps, twitching headache, severe pain?

Not typically: What you are describing does not sound like a typical nutritional deficiency. I would start with a good medical checkup and some baseline bloodwork. But no, I don't think it is simply because you are deficient in vitamin d or b6. ...Read more

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So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?

So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?

D3, 5000-8000 IU day: When diet and sun exposure are insufficient to raise vitamin d levels many physicians recommend a daily dose of 5, 000-8, 000 iu of vitamin d3. Once 25 hydroxy vitamin d levels reach 60 - 80, the daily dose (5, 000-8, 000) is usually cut in half and the patient followed to ensure the new dose is able to maintain therapeutic vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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How do you get a vitamin D deficiency?

How do you get a vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D: We get Vitamin D from the sun on our skin. Now we stay indoors and use sun block so it is not reason we are deficient. Take at least 1000 IU per day. ...Read more

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What can cause a vitamin D deficiency?

What can cause a vitamin D deficiency?

Vit D deficiency: Lack of adequate exposure of ones skin to sunlight and or lack of supplementation of Vit D3 in the diet. ...Read more

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How can I treat a vitamin d deficiency?

How can I treat a vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D supplement: Vitamin d deficiency is treated with supplemental vitamin d; you should discuss with your physician what is the most appropriate type and dose of vitamin d for your specific situation. ...Read more

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

Ain't no sunshine: Hello Annette, Vitamin D deficiency is more common in areas without year long significant sun exposure (long winters). This deficiency has been associated with a multitude of conditions but not definitively linked to many. The potential symptoms are therefore quite varied. The best course of action would be to replace Vitamin D as it is very important for your bones regardless of other effects. ...Read more

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What will be the effect of vitamin d deficiency?

What will be the effect of vitamin d deficiency?

Bone loss: Vit D is essential for the absorption of calcium into your bones. A deficiency will lead to bone loss and eventually osteoporosis later in life. There is also research in Vit D's role in preventing certain cancers, reducing blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and even helping the immune system to fight off influenza and the common cold! ...Read more

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