6th Cranial Nerve Palsy...Vitamin D Deficiency?

by Tina

I am a 37 year old mother of 3. I started having blurry vision about 3 weeks ago and my peripheral vision in my left eye is double. The neurologist diagnosed it as 6th Nerve Palsy. My blood work from my family physician came back normal, except my vitamin D levels were very low.

She prescribed vitamin d 50,000 IUS but from reading your site I will be switching to D3. I have had numbness in my hands and stiff joints in my knees and elbows. Do you think this all may be caused by the vitamin d? I am getting an MRI next week to make sure there is no tumor.


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Maybe, but more likely it's...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Tina,

Wow! You are young for that. Well, some of your symptoms may be due to Vitamin D Deficiency, but I THINK that you may have a severe Vitamin B12 Deficiency too!

So, there was an amazing study done on a condition called Bell's Palsy, which is a palsy of the 7th Cranial Nerve, using high dose vitamin B12. The study

Methylcobalamin treatment of Bell's palsy

Used the form of Vitamin B12 that I recommend, which you can read about on my Methylcobalamin B12 page.

In that study, they used extremely high dose Methylcobalamin- I believe that it was about 10 mg (20,000 mcg) per day. But other studies (for different conditions) have used up to 40 mg of Methylcobalamin per day for long periods of time without any negative effects.

Vitamin B12 has also helped with optic nerve neuropathy and other nerve problems. So, even though you don't have Bell's Palsy, it seems close enough that vitamin b12 could play a role in your condition.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Bells Palsy and Vitamin D diffencie
by: Pam

I have just got round 41 of Bells palsy. Yes 41 rounds of it in 8 years. They call it idiopathic bells palsy. I went to Dr yesterday blood work was done and got a call today and was told my Vitamin D and folic acid levels were low so i am curious can the low Vitamin D really be the cause of the Bells Palsy?

Kerri's note: Usually Bell's Palsy is related to Vitamin B12 Deficiency. If you are low in other nutrients, you might also be low in B12.

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