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Vitamin D Deficiency And Hashimotos Thyroiditis
I have hashimoto's thyroiditis with 2 nodules on my thyroid and had a sudden drop in vitamin d- what's going on?
No need for panic: Small thyroid nodules is frequently encountered in people with hashimotos. These nodules seem to be small and of no clinical significance unless size is greater than 1 CM and/or worrisome findings per radiologist. Drop in vitamin d is not related but is certainltly of importance and i'm glad you were screened for. Your sun exposure is likely inadequate and depending on levels you may need suppleme. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several common forms of thyroiditis. Subacute thyroidits is from a virus. Your thyroid is tender, transient hyperthyroidism, but then resolution. Hashimotos thyroiditis is usually without pain, eventually causes hypothyroidism, but can coexist with graves hyperthyroidism. Two other forms are post partum thyroiditis and "painless" thyroiditis; transient hyper followed by ...Read more
Yes: Long term vitamin d deficiency in adults can lead to osteomalacia (bone softening) and osteoporosis (bone density loss, causing easy fracturing). Other symptoms of a deficiency of vitamin d are muscle pains, muscle weakness, and aches in the bones. In children, prolonged vitamin d deficiency causes rickets (bony deformities). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aint 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Treat it: Vitamin d is claimed to do so many things it's hard to know which symptoms is caused by vitamin d deficiency. The best thing to do is treat it with a supplement to get it back to the normal range. Once it's normal, whatever remaining symptoms are then caused by something else and not the low vit d. (process of elimination). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard question: Because a person may be getting varying amounts of vitamin d from the sun , how long it takes to build up or deplete will vary. That being said, vitamin d from food or supplements have a half-life of 20-30 days, therefore a month should be plenty of time to build up in the system. Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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