17 years old with Vitamin D Deficiency

by MK

I am 17 and I used to get really tired, so my doctor ran me through lots of tests and found nothing. I then went to another doctor who first thing said to check my vitamin d level. My level was 17, in August!

But I am still tired no matter what I do. What I don't get is why I'm still tired and why it took so long to be diagnosed? (at least 2 1/2 years)

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi MK,

Welcome to the world of western medicine. I'm SO sorry that it took them 2 1/2 years to simply find a Vitamin Deficiency, but that is how western medicine works, unfortunately. Most doctors simply don't believe that people, especially young people, could possibly have Vitamin Deficiencies when we have access to all of the food in the world and most people are overweight.

But research shows that almost 85% of people have Vitamin D Deficiencies- even young people.

But I have a couple of questions for you, MK.

1) Can you tell me how much Vitamin D they are giving you? It's VERY likely that they are simply not giving you enough. Most doctors think that 2000 or 3000 IU's per day is plenty, but it's likely that you'll need to be taking closer to 10,000 IU's every day until your levels get up to normal.

2) What other symptoms are you having?

It's unusual for someone so young to be having such severe symptoms and the fact that giving you Vitamin D isn't making you feel better makes me suspect that you might have Gluten Sensitivity and that may be why you are not feeling well and why it is taking so much Vitamin D to correct your deficiency.

I'm also betting that you might have several other Vitamin Deficiencies as well.

But I really think that you should have your parents take a look at my Gluten Sensitivity page and INSIST that your doctor tests you for Celiac Disease- even if you have no symptoms that "LOOK" like celiac disease, it doesn't matter. Celiac Disease doesn't HAVE normal symptoms.

And a young girl who has been feeling tired for almost 3 years and has a Vitamin Deficiency should ABSOLUTELY get checked for Celiac Disease.

It takes doctors ON AVERAGE 10 years to diagnose Celiac Disease after someone first begins to have symptoms. It's already been 2 1/2 for you and I don't want it to take 6 more.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

by: K

Thanks so much I have an aunt who has that but Doctors might not think to check for something like that in me. I am taking about 2000 but now thats sounds like it may not be enough.

I just had another blood test to check the level and Ill see about checking other Vitamin levels. Thanks again.

Your Aunt...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi K,

If your aunt has Celiac Disease, then it is IMPERATIVE that you get checked for it too. Celiac disease runs in families and if you have such severe problems AND you have a family member with celiac disease- then your chances just went WAY up that you could have it too.

Even if your celiac tests come back negative, though, you might consider just going on a Gluten Intolerance Diet anyway because if you read the Diagnosing Gluten Allergy page, you'll see that it's not always so easy to diagnose Gluten problems.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

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