Vitamin D deficiency and idiopathic anaphylaxis
by Cat B
I have idiopathic anaphylaxis, with more than 20 episodes requiring use of an epi-pen, followed by ER visits in the past 12 months. Bloodwork show no allergies, my thyroid function is normal and my 24 hour urine sample shows no sign of carcinoid syndrome.
The one thing that was recently found in my bloodwork is an extremely low vitamin D level (6). This explains the stiff legs and pain in my lower extermities, and I'm wondering if there could also be a link to my auto-immune responses that could trigger anaphylaxis type symptoms. Generally, I have itching and a bright pink rash daily; and about every 2 weeks this progresses to a very red rash, some adema (usually eyes or tounge), and if I don't use the epi-pen quickly enough, wheezing, trouble breathing and sometimes very low blood pressure (as low as 70/30).
What do you think? Could there be a connection? I'm on 5,000 IU of vitamin D every week for the next 90 days, and I'm asked to get out into the sunlight at least 1/2 an hour daily.