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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Chronic fatigue, tiredness, general "out of it" feeling, back/flank pain, GERD, IBS, migraine headaches, palpitations, waking from sleep with racing heart, low vitamin d levels, ferritin level of 14, TSH fluctuations; what could this be?

Chronic fatigue, tiredness, general "out of it" feeling, back/flank pain, GERD, IBS, migraine headaches, palpitations, waking from sleep with racing heart, low vitamin d levels, ferritin level of 14, TSH fluctuations; what could this be?

Multiple issues that: you seem to be addressing w/doctors. Stay in touch w/them. Also, consider a Micronutrient panel to see the nutritional status of your body. Spectracell lab in Texas has an excellent one. Check out their website. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What will happen when your vitamin d level is low?

What will happen when your vitamin d level is low?

Increased mortality!: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression and increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer and risk of dying! most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day; avoid d2! see http://www.Drfranklipman.Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency and http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health.Aspx. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Pendleton Dr. Pendleton
Preventive Medicine
33 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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My Vitamin D levels are low (less than 8). What dietary and lifestyle changes should I make to improve?

My Vitamin D levels are low (less than 8). What dietary and lifestyle changes should I make to improve?

Diet, Vit. D & Sun: Vitamin D3 from a quality company; Load with 10,000 IU for at least 4-6 weeks, then re-test. FYI: Vitamin D (more than just a vitamin) is considered a pro-hormone. It decrease the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer & colon cancer. Important in weight management. Food Sources: Fish, i.e., salmon, tuna & mackerel Fish liver oils Beef liver (small amounts) Cheese (ditto) Egg yolks (ditto) ...Read more

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Dr. William Byars Dr. Byars
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
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What are normal levels for vitamin d 25 oh? And can u get a low grade fever if the vitamin d levels are low?

What are normal levels for vitamin d 25 oh? And can u get a low grade fever if the vitamin d levels are low?

Prefer at least 30: The range of 25-oh vitamin d levels believed to be adequate by physicians ranges from approx. 20 to 70 ng/ml, depending on who you talk to. There is some evidence from controlled studies that vitamin d supplementation lowers all-cause mortality. I favor achieving a level of at least 30 ng/ml. I'm not aware of a link between vitamin d and fever, and doubt your post-ovulation temp is true fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Daus Dr. Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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If vitamin d levels are low, can it cause hair loss?

If vitamin d levels are low, can it cause hair loss?

Vit D and Hair loss: Vitamin D acts more like a hormone in that it goes into our cells DNA making that cell do what it was supposed to do. This works in all cells including hair cells. Hope his oversimplified answer helps! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What all can make your vitamin d levels be at 9 ? What can make it be that low? Vitamin d levels are at 9

What all can make your  vitamin d levels be at 9 ? What can make it be that low? Vitamin d levels are at 9

I : I practice in new england and have found that a significant percentage of patients here have low vitamin d levels. We tend to be bundled up or inside during the colder months and usually get less sun exposure than folks who live south of us. As a result i routinely check vitamin d levels on patients who present with depression or low energy level. This is addressed through their diet and through supplementation. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Could you tell me what happens when low vitamin d levels go untreated?

Could you tell me what happens when low vitamin d levels go untreated?

Increased mortality!: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression & also increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer & risk of dying! most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day; avoid d2! see http://www.Drfranklipman.Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency & http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health.Aspx. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Young Dr. Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
5 years in practice
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Why do so many people have low vitamin d levels?

Low intake, less sun: Most of us don't get enough on our diet. And most of us are indoors most if the time. And if we're smart, when we do go outside, we put sunscreen on. No uv rays, no skin cancer, but also no vitamin d. ...Read more

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Dr. Prasanna Santhanam Dr. Santhanam
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Pune, B. J. Medical College
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What are the consequences of having low vitamin d levels?

What are the consequences of having low vitamin d levels?

Increase fractures: Increase risk of fractures, low calcium levels, increased risk of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is there a connection between sjögren's syndrome and low vitamin d levels?

Is there a connection between sjögren's syndrome and low vitamin d levels?

I am not aware: Of any connection, but vitamin d deficiency is very common in all women, whether they have sjogren's or not. It's easy to test for and treat with daily d3 replacement, no matter what the cause or connection. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are common symptoms of low vitamin D levels? Is 17.5 considered low enough to cause symptoms?

What are common symptoms of low vitamin D levels? Is 17.5 considered low enough to cause symptoms?

Many symptoms: Low vit D can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression & increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer & risk of dying! Your level can cause mild symptoms & will increase risks. Most adults need 5-8000 iu of D3/day; avoid D2! See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer & http://www.drfranklipman.com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency/ & http://tinyurl.com/ly3wn3n ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I was told I could have fibromyalgia but my vitamin d levels were also low. Been taking prescribed vitamin d but see no improvement/worsening pain?

I was told I could have fibromyalgia but my vitamin d levels were also low. Been taking prescribed vitamin d but see no improvement/worsening pain?

Vitamin D's great...: How Great Thou Art Sunshine Vitamin! But let's face it...it's not likely to "fix" something like fibromyalgia....but I'm a believer in the stuff. It takes a while to replace so getting immediate levels after starting therapy is not really recommended. Also, how high is your doctor shooting for in terms of blood levels. In my patients I look for levels of 60-80. Have medical supervision though. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
28 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Blood test showed I have very low vitamin d levels ?

Blood test showed I have very low vitamin d levels ?

Very common: It is very common to see low vitamin d levels in people these days. We make vitamin d by exposure to the sun and many people do not get enough sun exposure or should not because of skin cancer risk. People with low vitamin d can be at risk for chronic pain and may even be at risk for certain cancers. Talk to your doctor about taking a d supplement. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky Dr. Visotsky
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Does having low vitamin d levels make my hair go thin and break off?

Vit d: This could be source if problem. Also an additional work up for other hormone deficiencies like thyroid. ...Read more

Dr. Stanley Himes Dr. Himes
Integrative Medicine
37 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How are low B12 and vitamin D levels related to mood problems and anxiety issues?

How are low B12 and vitamin D levels related to mood problems and anxiety issues?

Vitamin D Levels: Certainly low Vitamin D levels have been associated with depression. You need to get your serum vitamin D levels checked. In functional medicine we like for your Vitamin D levels in the 60-80 range. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What to do if I have low vitamin d levels so is it okay to take these supplements?

What to do if I have low vitamin d levels so is it okay to take these supplements?

What supplements?: I have no idea what you are asking but I do advise everyone who is low in vit d to take vitamin d3 5-8000 iu/day as well as 5-10, 000 iu of vit. A and 1 mg of vit k, as they work synergistically. As for any other supplements, i don't know what you are asking but low d should generally not cause problems taking most other supplements. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Apart lack of sunlight, what causes low vitamin d levels?

Insufficient intake: There are two ways to get vitamin d. Your body makes it when you are exposed to the sun, or you can take it in your diet. Vitamin d tends to be found in fish (usually cold water) and eggs. There's some in fortified milk, but not enough. Over all, it's pretty hard to get enough from your diet unless you eat huge amounts of certain fish or take a supplement, so i recommend supplements. ...Read more

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Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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What causes low vitamin d levels apart from a lack of sunlight?

What causes low vitamin d levels apart from a lack of sunlight?

Vitamin D: Usually this is genetically related. Theoretically sunshine will increase vitamin d levels but a study in hawaii showed that 50% of people with 20 hours of sunshine a week still had low vitamin d levels. You can supplement with over-the-counter vitamin d safely. ...Read more

Dr. Clarence Lyons Dr. Lyons
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are the causes of low vitamin d levels apart from lack of sunlight?

Sunlight: Lack of sunlight and a poor diet are two of the bigger causes of a low vitamin d level. ...Read more

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