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Hi My vitamin D is less than 5 as per my recent blood report. Along with this, I have severe anemia( generally stays around 3 for the past decade)and B12 levels are low as well. I have been experiencing cognitive problems due to these deficiencies since 21. I am 27 now and I feel impaired. My doctor doesn't know what to do, and I feel hopeless. Is there a support group or anything that can help me recover? Thanks

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Asked by  avonavree22160300 on July 23, 2016

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  • avonavree22160300
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     avonavree22160300 on

    See title

    Answered by  avonavree22160300 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Well I am not sure I understand exactly what you need. Do you need advice on how to recover from the deficiency? (That I can do.)
    In order to recover from a Vitamin D deficiency you have to take supplements. Your level is extremely low. Has the doctor told you how much Vitamin D to take? Anemia can be caused by a Vitamin D deficiency. A B12 deficiency should also be able to be overcome by supplements.
    What do you mean by your doctor does not know what to do? Do you live in the USA or somewhere else? Vitamin D3 can be bought as an over-the-counter supplement.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • avonavree22160300
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     avonavree22160300 on

    Thanks. impairment. These deficiencies have really impacted it. Although there is a slight improvement, my brain is not what it used to be. For instance, if I don’t take my pills for a week, my memory starts going really bad again. I just wanted to know if there is a support group for such people- where I can learn stuff on how to improve my situation other than just pills? I just feel helpless and lost. I am sorrry for if this is not making sense. But thanks nonetheless.

    Answered by  avonavree22160300 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    A Vitamin D deficiency can only be cured through supplements or high amounts of sunshine at the right latitude and time of day or a sunlamp/bed. Vitamin D has to be replenished CONSTANTLY by one of those methods or your levels will just fall again. Most people do not understand Vitamin D enough to know this and think that once their level has increased enough, they no longer need to take the supplements. This is not how it works.
    I fear the doctor is not giving you a high enough amount of Vitamin D to take. At a level of 5ng/ml you should probably be taking 15-20,000iu of Vitamin D a DAY until your levels reach a minimum of 50ng/ml. At that point you may be able to take the 5000iu a day we recommend as a maintenance dosage. Taking the pills is not a bad thing, it will make you better but only if you take a high enough amount!

    Answered by  IAW on