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Great Question..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi DB,

Well, I hope that you actually get this answer because you didn't leave your email address, and unless you subscribe to my RSS feed, there is simply no other way to get the answer. So, those of you who are reading this, if you ask a question, then put your email address if you want the answer.

OK. Back to your problem. Usually vitamin d doesn't cause balance issues, but if you are falling because of ankles giving out, etc., then your vitamin d deficiency could definitely have something to do with that. In fact, there have been several high quality studies showing that vitamin d supplementation does, indeed, help to prevent falling- as crazy as that sounds.

Then, Vitamin D is WELL KNOWN to help with back pain, but DON'T use the reference range of 32 to 100 that is on your lab sheet, but the range that I have outlined on my Vitamin D Level page which is closer to 50 ng/ml than to 32.

And you can still have continued pain if you even have mild Vitamin D Deficiency, so get your levels up there. And it does NOT MATTER why you have back pain. While doctors tell you that herniated disks and degenerative joints are these horrible things, they are finding that just as many pain-free people have these problems too. But they never found this out until recently because no one does MRI's on people with no pain, right?

Well, a doctor by the name of John Sarno challenged the myth that herniated disks and degenerative joint disease cause pain and got them to do studies on pain-free people- who really have these problems at about the same incidence as people in pain.

I HIGHLY suggest that you get his book Healing Back Pain
to understand why he believes that herniated disks are no more pathologic or pain-causing than gray hair!!

So, as far as the type of vitamin d, read my page on why Prescription Vitamin D is not the right choice.

OK, so I've probably given you a ton of stuff to think about already, but I'm going to do one more. (continued...)

by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

I think that you might have Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease and/or a whole bunch of nutrient deficiencies including:

Magnesium Deficiency


Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Be sure to take a look at those pages because magnesium deficiency is one of the number one causes of migraines, and Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neurologic disease mimicking problems.

I don't know how old you are, but you do state that you have had joint pains since you were a teenager. That is NOT normal and makes me think that you might (probably do) have undiagnosed Celiac Disease. A common problem in people with multiple chronic problems but no digestive complaints.

So, I'm sure that I've overwhelmed you, but I think that you have some serious undiagnosed issues that your doctors are just not going to be looking for, and if you want to improve, then continuing on their path is going to get you nowhere pretty quickly- as you've been finding out.

Hope that this helped.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

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