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Hi all, I have recently taken a blood test and the results showed that I'm really low in vitamin D and also that I am anemic. I'm an 18 year old female. I had been experiencing aches, tiredness, low mood and tingling on my feet and lower legs. Also, i have been experiencing (which i think is) minor muscle twitches/spasms. Sometimes i get an irregular heartbeat (symptom of anaemia) but today i felt a fluttering of my heart which has made me feel anxious. I hope its just a symptom of anemia and will recover with medication but I was wondering what you guys think I should do and when will my symptoms get better? Thank you for your time, it is appreciated.

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Asked by  harrys36719200 on June 19, 2016

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  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    See title

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    I am sorry you are feeling poorly.
    Could you tell me what your actual Vitamin D level is and how it was measured as either ng/ml or nmol/l? What did the doctor tell you to take or prescribe and how much or did you do the test on your own like through our home test kit?
    Every symptom you mentioned can be caused by low Vitamin D. Some of those symptoms can also be from low magnesium levels in your body and also low calcium levels EVEN if any of those blood levels tests are in range. Do you take any kind of multi vitamin?
    After you supply some of the above information, I can help you better!

    Answered by  IAW on

    • harrys36719200
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       harrys36719200 on

      My doctor just told me that it is really low, she didn’t tell me the specific level but I’m going to go to my GP tomorrow to ask. My doctor prescribed colecalciferol 20,000 unit caps, she told me to take 5 tablets a day for two days, and then after that take lower doses. Although, i dont remember her telling me how much I should take after, she just said to buy it off the counter.
      Oh that makes sense, I thought that my other symptoms must be related to other vitamin deficiencies other than vitamin D and iron. So do you think its possible that I’m magnesium and calcium deficient? And no, I don’t take any multi vitamins.
      Thank youu!

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    • harrys36719200
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       harrys36719200 on

      My doctor just told me that it is really low, she didn’t tell me the specific level but I’m going to go to my GP tomorrow to ask. My doctor prescribed colecalciferol 20,000 unit caps, she told me to take 5 tablets a day for two days, and then after that take lower doses. Although, i dont remember her telling me how much I should take after, she just said to buy it off the counter.
      Oh that makes sense, I thought that my other symptoms must be related to other vitamin deficiencies other than vitamin D and iron. So do you think its possible that I’m magnesium and calcium deficient? And no, I don’t take any multi vitamins.
      Thank youu! :)

      Answered by  harrys36719200 on

    • IAW
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       IAW on

      You need to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ it is very important!
      Once you start taking Vitamin D it is going to look for a lot of Vitamins and Minerals that it needs to “do its job”. Even though it’s not listed there, Vitamin D also needs calcium. The mineral MOST people are deficient in is magnesium! If you start taking Vitamin D, especially in large amounts, and you do not have enough magnesium, it will probably cause you even more symptoms or some of them might become even worse. (This can ALSO happen with calcium and also potassium.) So we should try and avoid that. Being 18 years old I do not know if you have enough money to get these supplements or if someone can help you out. I think you should try and get, at the very minimum, a multi vitamin and some extra magnesium to go with it. Magnesium Oxide does not work very well so try and get a multi that has any other kind of magnesium in it. Then try and get a separate magnesium supplement to add to that.
      Now let me get this straight, she told you to take a total of 100,000iu’s two days in a row and then a smaller amount? Have you already taken ANY of it? If so, how much? I am very worried that she is going to cause a mineral deficiency with all that Vitamin D at one time. It is not so much the large amount of Vitamin D BUT the mineral deficiency it MAY cause. We should probably tackle this a little slower and I have some suggestions.
      Please advise!!!!

      Answered by  IAW on

    • harrys36719200
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       harrys36719200 on

      So with the multi vitamin, which main vitamins/minerals should I be looking out for? Have you got any recommended brands/current suppliers for me to purchase these multi vitamins tailored to my situation? Oh no, I definitely don’t want the symptoms to worsen.
      Yes, she said that will boost my vitamin D to an adequate level before I start taking normal doses. It’s my first day consuming them, I have taken 4 20,000 unit caps tablets today and don’t plan on taking anymore today because I feel as if its too much. Also,because its making me feel very fatigued. I’m not sure how many I should take tomorrow, what do you suggest? Or do you think I should just take lower doses?
      Also, I’m really tempted to go to the a&e tomorrow to get properly checked out because I’m tired of these symptoms, I’ve been getting them for a few months and its making me feel like crap, and i’m afraid they will get worse if i don’t act on it soon. What do you think?

      Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    A lack of Vitamin D can make you feel really bad and it will probably take a little while till you feel better.
    I wished I had caught you before you took any. So I would not take anymore for about ten days at least. Before taking anymore get the multi and magnesium and start taking that in the mean time. The fatigue might be from lack of magnesium. We will cross our fingers that this does not cause a “hypo” mineral state which can be life threatening if mineral levels go to low. So go to an emergency room if you start to feel really bad. NOT trying to scare you, just warn you! When you get to the end of 10days, I would take one 20,000iu every other or every third day. After that the minimum would be 5000iu a day but you might still need a lot more than that, for a while, if you are extremely deficient.
    Magnesium deficiency symptoms
    •Irritability or anxiety, Nausea, Headaches, Insomnia, Fatigue, Muscle cramps/twitching, Weakness and constipation
    HYPOcalcemia (not enough calcium)
    The symptoms of hypocalcemia are/can be muscle spasms/twitches, numbness and tingling of your fingers and toes or around the mouth (pins and needles), depression, irritability, very low levels may cause confusion, disorientaion and heart irregularities.
    Hypokalemia / Low Potassium Symptoms
    Weakness, tiredness, or cramping in arm or leg muscles, sometimes severe enough to cause inability to move arms or legs due to weakness (much like a paralysis)
    Tingling or numbness
    Nausea or vomiting
    Abdominal cramping, bloating
    Constipation
    Palpitations (feeling your heart beat irregularly)
    Passing large amounts of urine or feeling thirsty most of the time
    Fainting due to low blood pressure
    Abnormal psychological behavior: depression, psychosis, delirium, confusion, or hallucinations.
    Sometimes large amounts of Vitamin D can cause Hypercalcemia. If it does you stop taking the Vitamin D or take less.
    The symptoms of hypercalcemia include: feeling sick or being sick, poor appetite or loss of appetite, feeling very thirsty, passing urine often, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle weakness or pain, feeling confused, feeling tired and bone pain.
    I do not know what country you live in and what is available to you in the way of purchasing vitamins. Let me know.
    If you would also come back and tell me how you feel in several days, I would appreciate it. Sooner if you are having issues.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    Ohh okay, i will be purchasing multivitamins today then. Yeah I definitely do relate to some of the symptoms of the other vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Low levels of magnesium explain my anxious feelings these last couple of months too, although I never knew that was due to a deficiency in magnesium! I see. This information is really helpful, I thought random fluttering of the heart and random irregular heartbeat was due to something crazy like atheromas (but I realized I’m too young and too active to get that) or something like that so I was freaking out. I was really overthinking. Also, I have a pretty much balanced diet and I’m/was active, which shocked me to hear that I’m low in iron, vitamin d etc. I wonder what caused my vitamin levels to drop. Nonetheless, I feel better now that I know what to do to restore my vitamin levels.
    I live in England, London. As a first time buyer, I’m not sure which multivitamins to buy, I need your help! I definitely will let you know. I appreciate your help, thank you.

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    Also, because I’m still 18, do I buy the multivitamins tailored for teens or get the adult ones? Thanks

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    If you have any of what we call in the US “health food shops” they might be able to help. Also a pharmacy. You will see below why Vitamins can get “complicated”.
    So here is one place in the UK http://www.greenvits.eu/collections/vitamin-d/products/d3plus-180-capsules. This is a good product but probably expensive. It is not an entire multi vitamin but covers the real important one’s you could be missing in your diet. PROBLEM is for the moment it has 5000iu of Vitamin D in it which is good BUT NOT on top of what you already took at the moment. They do have a magnesium http://www.greenvits.eu/products/magnesium-carbonate-120-mg-100-capsules.
    Here is a multi at http://www.healthspan.co.uk/products/multivitality-daily-essential-complete. It has boron, zinc, A, some calcium, k, a little magnesium (maybe not enough). It does have Vitamin D 200iu which should not be an issue. It does contain Iron which could be fine unless the doctor gave you something else for iron. Healthspan has a magnesium but it does not tell me what KIND of magnesium it is.
    So I do not know if any of this helps.
    Muscles use a lot of Vitamin D and the heart is a muscle. So low vitamin d and/or magnesium and/or calcium can all cause heart irregularities. Vitamin D helps calcium absorb from the intestines so low levels and you may not be absorbing calcium correctly even though you may have enough in your diet.
    I will come back later and explain why you are deficient.

    Answered by  IAW on

    • IAW
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       IAW on

      Sorry get adult. If you weigh a lot less than 150lbs tell me because we also base Vitamin D upon weight.

      Answered by  IAW on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    I see, the first one looks perfect but it is too expensive for me :( Also, What do you think is better, magnesium carbonate or citrate? because i found this: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-magnesium-citrate-caplets-100mg-60006390 Ingredients:
    Magnesium Citrate, Bulking Agents (Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate), Starch, Maltodextrin, Sodium Carboxymethyl-cellulose, Firming Agent (Povidone), Anti-Caking Agent (Magnesium Stearate). Magnesium 300mg %NRV: 80%

    So if I take the multivitamin that you recommended, do I take a magnesium tablet on top of that?
    Yeah I see now, a lot of the cheaper brands contain magnesium oxide :( Oh that makes sense now, I was wondering because I do it a good amount of dairy, containing calcium. Ok thanks!

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    You can do carbonate or citrate.
    Here is another suggestion. Just like you said cheaper multi vitamins use oxide. You could buy a cheaper multi (even if it has oxide) but then add the one you found above to it. (Worse case scenario if you take too much magnesium you may get “loose bowels” then you have to cut back on how much you take.)
    Believe it or not I have people on this Q and A going both ways with mineral balances. So I am walking a fine line to make sure people do not take too much (they have a great diet) and those that are not getting enough and therefore have symptoms of low minerals. This is why I keep telling people to let me know if any “new symptoms start or symptoms they already have are getting worse”.
    You are welcome!!!

    Answered by  IAW on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    You originally said “I wonder what caused my vitamin levels to drop”. Humans were meant to get their Vitamin D from sunshine because there really is not enough in the food we eat. Now during the winter, at the latitude you live (same for me) the sun is not high enough in the sky to produce Vitamin D. So if you stop and look around you in the winter time, everyone around you is deficient. If you have a job and do not get out much when it is summer, you are deficient. It is what we are trying to change and make people aware of. This deficiency is causing serious birth defects and diseases. Internal cancer risk increases dramatically with blood levels less than 40ng/ml (16nmol/l).
    You were extremely lucky that your doctor tested your Vitamin D levels. Not all doctors think this way.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    Oh okay, I purchased my magnesium capsules and today was my first day using consuming them! When I purchased them at the store, someone working there told me its better to use magnesium in the spray form and use rub it on the body because she said its a more ‘natural’ method. They were really expensive in the store though, so I stuck to just buying the capsules. But I’m excited to see results and hopefully a significant reduction in my symptoms. I will soon buy the multivitamin also.
    wow that’s crazy! Many people aren’t aware of this, which is so bad,especially if it can potentially cause severe illnesses such as cancer :c.
    Yeah I guess so, I’m just hoping now that my symptoms massively get better.
    And hank you again for your help and for giving me advice! I definitely gained a lot of knowledge!!!

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Spray magnesium is not necessary. If you had “intestinal issues” that could cause malabsorption, then it may be of benefit. Save your money.
    Let me know how you are doing!

    Answered by  IAW on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    Ok thats fine. I definitely will keep you updated!
    Roughly how long do you think it take for my symptoms to reduce/disappear?

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    You asked my least favorite question because I do not know how long it will take.
    As soon as you start getting some Vitamin D, I would think your symptoms will slowly start to decrease. When deficient you need more Vitamin D “upfront” and less later as a maintenance dosage. The trick is, though, to not give yourself a mineral deficiency along the way in the beginning of treatment. (In my opinion, the lower your D level, the more likely I feel that can happen. That’s my opinion.)
    Now you said on the 19th “It’s my first day consuming them, I have taken 4 20,000 unit caps tablets today and don’t plan on taking anymore today because I feel as if its too much”. I said you should wait 10 days before taking anymore but if you want to take any sooner than that you can. Just keep in mind the “minerals” and spread the D out every two or three days. After that do not take any less than 5000iu a day but you might need more than that for awhile.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • harrys36719200
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     harrys36719200 on

    Ohh right, I will do. Which minerals specifically? Or is it just the main ones; calcium, magneium, potassium& sodium ? Thanks

    Answered by  harrys36719200 on

    • IAW
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       IAW on

      Refer back up to my post on 6/19/2016 at 5:16 pm for calcium, magnesium and potassium and corresponding symptoms.

      Answered by  IAW on