Thanks for the add. I hope you can read my very long post! Although I am well versed in Vit D and companions with regards to my own issues (there are many) I am posting regarding my 14 year old son and after any views/opinions. In August 2014 he had his blood tested following some fatigue and fluctuating thyroid, and his Vit D was 77 nmol/L. he had been out on his scooter all summer and tans very quickly. This year after a winter of tiredness he had has May,June,July off school with debilitating fatigue which began (we think) with a virus. Turns out he was very iron deficient and supplements have corrected this We saw a pediatric endo on 20th July and he was still very tired, feeling exhausted. On asking her to test his vitamin D she said 'no need, because last August it was at a good level, he has a suntan so has had enough sun' we explained to her that he has not seen any sun this year because he has been ill since 9 May and that the dark skin is natural. She still refused. Anyway, we went on holiday to Greece the next day and literally had to carry him though the airports because he was so weak. On the 4 day in Greek sunshine he started perking up, by the second week we had our energetic cheeky teenage boy back, and by the time we came home he carried his own suitcase through the airport. Is it possible that a combination on iron and vit D from the sun could have had this effect, or is it a coincidence?? I just don't know but we have been home 10 days and I have been giving him vitamin D drops (1000) daily and he is still much better and starts physio next week to build on the muscle wastage suffered while he was ill. He rode his bike to The shop today and has started doing school coursework he fell behind on last term.

Asked by  bevan33190265100 on August 18, 2015

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  • bevan33190265100
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    It is not a coincidence! Vitamin D deficiency can cause fatigue and so can iron deficiency. So it does not surprise me that he got better. You are correct in thinking that if he had not seen the “sun” in a long time than his Vitamin D levels were low. Just because he tested once at a certain level does not mean you will stay at that level especially when only relying on the sun for Vitamin D. The doctor was incorrect!
    Here at the Vitamin D Council we highly recommend Vitamin D levels of 50ng/ml or 125 nmol/l or slightly higher to be healthy. This is what the research tells us is “healthy”. So for a 14 year old between the weight of 105 -125 lbs would mean he should be taking 4000-5000 iu of Vitamin D a day. Please do not forget the co-factors listed at http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. They are very important.
    Vitamin D is very important to muscle strength.
    So do you take a minimum of 5000 iu a day?

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    Thank you so much for the reply IAW and sorry I didn’t respond earlier, I have had internet problems!
    I have been giving his 1000iu a day since we got back from holiday in Aug.
    I explained to his GP over the phone this week what had happened on holiday (it was the paediatrician who refused the test) and the GP says we MUST test the Vitamin D as it is pretty obvious something has caused the improvement, although she said they will probably be normal (NHS Ranges) because of the sunny holiday and supplements.
    We are getting the test done next week and I will repost on here the result if that’s ok.

    By the way – the paediatrician back in April suggested he has seasonal affective disorder but also said Vitamin D was not necessary, she has now referred him for Psychotherapy which we have declined.

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  • IAW
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    You have to love doctors most of them seem to think everything is “mentally” induced.
    So yes I hope you come back and post and depending on where you live you will give your son a higher amount of Vitamin D supplements for winter. Once there is no adequate sun exposure or supplements stop, then Vitamin D levels have a half life of about two weeks. (So for example if at 100ng/ml level the first week, then by the end of the second week the level will be 50ng/ml.)

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