Could Numbness be connected to Vitamin D deficiency?

by JJ
(Stockholm)

I Have been having this spreading Numbness (less sensation i would call it) in different parts of my body...in some areas (toes, tip of the fingers, left side of my body) tends to be stronger.


I did a blood test and my Vitamin D levels were low 22 nmol/L . I have yet to do an MRI which is gonna be soon hopefully but our incompetent doctors have no idea why this happened to me.

I don't have any other significant symptom that would lead us anywhere. Would you my numbness could be a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency?

Thank you so much

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It could be, but it might not be...
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Hi JJ,

Vitamin D deficiency 'could' be the cause of your numbness- or it might not be. Numbness can be caused by many different things, and if you are low in vitamin d, then you could be low in a lot of other nutrients as well. Nutritional deficiencies are very common, and it's rare for doctors to test for many of them, and many cannot even be tested for.

Many people think that because their doctor tested for a few nutritional markers and they were normal, then they have no nutritional deficiencies. But this is incorrect. What about the ones that he didn't even test for? And many of the tets for nutritional markers, such as the ones for magnesium and vitamin B12, are grossly inaccurate. Even worse, they often test normal when they are grossly abnormal.

So, numbness could be due to the vitamin D deficiency- or it could be due to iron deficiency, or B12 deficiency, or any number of other deficiencies. Or it could be due to Gluten Sensitivity that is causing the nutritional deficiencies, or it could be due to the H Pylori Bacteria causing inflammation and decreased absorption.

Sorry to be so vague, but there is no way to know if that 'one' thing is the cause of your problems without getting rid of that one thing and seeing if it fixes the problem. There are many reasons for numbness you'll have to 'rule out' the many reasons that you may have it before anyone can say, "Yes, that was the reason for your numbness".

And even if you get an MRI and it comes back showing some neurologic problem, that doesn't tell you what caused the neurologic problem in the first place. In other words, nutritional deficiencies, particularly B12 deficiency and Vitamin D deficiency, can actually cause neurologic problems that may look as severe as Multiple Sclerosis.

Please read my page on Neurologic Changes from B12 Deficiency.


Kerri Knox, RN

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by: JJ

I forgot to mention that my vitamin D level is 22 mnol/L which has been alarming to all my doctors. I have always had a very low iron levels in my blood since childhood. Due to my IBS i had B12 deficiency in the past but my levels were normal, Calcium and Magnesium levels looked fine as well.

I'm still amazed how a neurologist would tell me he has heard that low Vit-D would make me volnurable to catching colds (he had no idea about it's importance for the nervous system). I am not good at coping with waiting months for diagnosis so i keep telling myself that it might just be my imbalanced diet and the fact that i have always avoided sunlight with all my power.

It could be
by: Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

Hi JJ,

Again, your neurologic symptoms 'could' be from vitamin d deficiency. You'll have to get rid of your vitamin d deficiency and wait a while after that in order to find out.

And PLEASE read further on my site and the links that I've referred you to. I mention on those links the connection between neurologic symptoms and vitamin b12 deficiency and how vitamin b12 levels, as well as magnesium levels ARE NOT ACCURATE and do NOT in any way tell you whether you would benefit from Vitamin B12 or from magnesium.

And in fact, with a vitamin d level that low, you absolutely must read my page on Magnesium and Vitamin D.

In addition, with lifelong iron deficiency and IBS, it's almost a certainty that you have undiagnosed Gluten Sensitivity that may be the cause of many of your problems, including the IBS and nutritional deficiencies, and could even be the direct cause of your neurologic problems as well.


Kerri Knox, Registered Nurse

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by: Anonymous

My vitamin d level is a 4. 22 is low but 4 is bad. And i have numbess as well.

Vit D deficiency caused my numbness
by: Anonymous

Mine was 43 ng/mL when I had total body numbness. When I began taking vit D supplements I got all the feeling back after a few months. My doctor told me originally he didn't think that I had vit D deficiency but looks like I did! Guess 43 was just low for me, not the average!

me too
by: Anonymous

Just received my results. My level is 10. Also suffering from numbness, tingling, dizziness etc. Thought MS but brain Mri was clear. ???

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