Is a Vitamin D Level of 10 Bad?

by Lisa Hyden
(United States)

I went to the doctor (endocrinologist) he ordered my blood work and this time because my Lupus was acting up, he ordered vitamin D to be checked. It was 10 ng/ml. He called in a prescription vitamin D.

So is a vitamin d level of 10 bad?

And is the folding of my hip and degeneration of my spine connected with the D? I am 45 and doctors have questioned my lack of vitamin D for more than 20 years but this is the first time I have had to take anything.

One lab even sent my bloodwork back saying no vitamin D was found, that was 5 years ago.

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Oh Lisa!!
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Lisa,

I am so sorry to hear about your health problems. I'm not sure what a 'folding hip' is, but a degenerated spine at 45 years old! Yipes, that is a big problem. You'll need that spine for another 45 years.

So, yes a Vitamin D level of 10 is not good. It's MUCH better than the ZERO that you had 5 years ago, but you definitely need to be treated aggressively to get your levels up to the Researcher Recommended Optimal Levels.

And while I'm glad that your doctor is now worried about your Vitamin D Level and wants to do something about it, he is doing you a disservice by giving you a prescription for Vitamin D. Researchers are stating that Prescription Vitamin D is Not Suitable for Supplementation.

So, you should print out the research study on that page, sit down with a highlighter pen and highlight the important parts and take it in to your doctor and ask him why he is giving you a form of Vitamin D that researchers do NOT recommend and that other countries have replaced with Vitamin D3 in their formularies!!!

Then you should consider taking Vitamin D3 Supplements instead.

And Lisa, while I'm generally not a big fan of taking doctors to court for malpractice and recommend it EXTREMELY rarely, it really sounds like your doctors dropped the ball and neglected to care for you with an appropriate "standard of care". It is really NOT acceptable for them to be discussing that you might be Vitamin D Deficient for 20 years and not do anything about it. But what REALLY is negligent is the fact that they did a Vitamin D Level that registered undetectable and did nothing about it.

That is negligence by anyone's standards and I highly recommend that you fill out the form on LegalMatch and see if you might have a malpractice case.

Please come back and let us know how things are going, Lisa.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Vitamin D
by: Sherry

I have had vitamin d deficiency, not near as low as yours. I cannot imagine the Pain From Vitamin D Deficiency that you must be experiencing.

The doctors you were seeing are definitely in the wrong, that should of never went on. The doctors need to put you on Vitamin D3 Supplements ASAP.

I have had severe joint pain for several years and even went to a neurologist because the pain in the back of my skull was so bad I could hardly turn my head. It hurt to even lay my head on a pillow.

I was diagosed w/Rheumatoid arthritis, put on pain meds and was sent to 3 arthritis doctors because my ana is elevated.

Every one of those Dr's had a different opinion. No one ever checked my Vit D. I did some research online and seen that joint pain could be caused from a Vit D deficiency, so I told my family Dr. and the results were 24.

Although low he did not feel that level would cause joint pain, told me to take a multivitamin and sent me the 3rd rheumatoid Dr.

In the meantime the pain in my joints was getting worse. I went to my OB/GYN for a yearly test,told her of the pain I was having, she looked at the results of my bloodwork and said I had a deficiency. She put me on a 5000 IU Vitamin D Supplement 2x a day.

I began to feel so much better almost immediately. (Also I have started taking Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements which is good for inflammation.)

It's been almost 3 mths, and my level is 63 now I will continue with 2500 IU's every other day for a maintainance level.

I feel 100 times better, I don't have all the pain I had been having. I also have been telling others of my experience and they have increased their Vitamin D, because of joint pain they were having and said they are feeling relief too.

I was told a lot of doctors are not very educated with Vitamin D deficiencies. There are probably a lot of people out there not realizing that the pain they are experiencing Pain From Vitamin D Deficiency and are taking pills to curb the pain.


Vitamin D Deficient
by: Michelle

My bloodwork came back with a 15.2 Vitamin D level. My Nurse Practitioner put me on 2000 iu's daily for 6 weeks and then I am to be retested. I also have high cholesterol...256...triglyserides were high too. I was put on 135 mg of Tripilx once a day.

Before I had my blood tested, I was experiencing fatigue, sleepiness, upper and lower back muscle spasms, weight gain (unintentional), and just not feeling well.

That is why I went in to the Dr. The nurse told me the Vitamin D deficiency was causing all my symptoms. I have been on the supplement treatment for almost 2 weeks, and I am still feeling hands and legs are swollen...and I am still not feeling any better! Could it be the triplix...?

I am tired of feeling like this. I am only 39...and I feel like I am not going to make it to 45!!! HELP

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

Hi Michelle,

While I'm VERY happy that they caught your vitamin D deficiency, your doctor gave you about 1/4 of the dose that is required to bring levels up and about 1/2 the dose of what you need for an effective maintenance dose.

What this means is that he gave you so little vitamin d that it won't even meet your daily needs and your levels could even DROP further on that dosage. Yipes!

Please read my page on Vitamin D Therapy and follow the instructions to bring your levels up to optimal... 2000 IU's a day will not do it for you and I get people writing in after being 'treated' with that dose whose doctor then thinks something is 'wrong' with them because their levels don't come up. Then they spend tens of thousands of dollars on tests and immense amounts of worry and anxiety thinking that they have some major health problem when their only problem is a doctor who has no clue how to dose vitamin d.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Vitamin D level at 10!!! Should I be worried
by: Anonymous

My doctor says my vitamin d level is below 10 and they have to put me on prescriptions. should i be worried i hate medicine and dont not take any now. I have been gaining weight unexplainably and do get really back headaches, vertigo often and muscle ache everytime i wake up to the point that i was even considering buying a new mattress because i thought maybe my mattress was too soft or simply not good for my back.

I hate milk and rarely eat fish so is there anything else I should eat to boost levels instead of the meds?? Thanks in advance for responding.

Please read the thread again..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Please reread the thread and follow the blue underlined link to the Vitamin D Therapy page and simply follow the instructions there.

Vitamin D is NOT a medication, it's a VITAMIN. Please do not call it a medication, it's not a drug in any sense of the word. And please read the page on Prescription Vitamin D to see why the prescription form is not the correct form to take anyway...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Crazy symptoms
by: Kim

My Vitamin D came back at a 15.2. I have been told that it is NOT a vitamin as stated above but a hormone produced that regulates many other functions of your body to include blood pressure. I have high blood pressure, weight gain, SERIOUS fatigue, headaches, my hips hurt so badly that some days it is a struggle to get up of the couch and some depression. They also found that my liver enzymes are high and have a small but benign set of nodules on my adrenal glands. The same test that brought back the 15.2 on my Vitamin D also had high chloride levels.
I am at my wits end...seriously, I am beginning to think I am crazy with all these off the wall issues and am going broke with all the testing!

Per country standards
by: Maria

Well, if you think 10 ng/ml is a low level than you should come to Belgium: standard levels are 11-43 ng/ml!!! My son got his results (he was also tested positive to mononucleaosis) with 11 ng/ml and the doctor told us "Nothing to worry about, we all get low D in winter"... Fortunately, we also go to an acupuncturist who has informed us about the internationally recognized levels and we have started a high daily dosage (1 ampoule /day) - now I don't know whether it is 25k IU per ampoule or per pack of 4 ampoules... We'll see. In the meantime I started wondering whether I should have mine checked 'cause I was tested positive to rheumatism and a latent lupus....

Any support for this disorder?
by: Anonymous

I have been reading up on this topic since my vit. D level came back yesterday at under 6. Everyone thinks I am lazy or just being depressed but the VA does yearly bloodwork and just called with the results. I know I am not crazy but I feel awful and now I am worried. I manage to walk an hour a day, keep a spotless house,work and fulfill my duties as a mom and grandma. Is there some support on the internet for this disorder as I could really use some support. Thank you

??? What 'disorder'?
by: Kerri Knox, RN, The Immune Queen

What disorder are you talking about? You have a vitamin deficiency. You don't need 'support' like you have a chronic illness, you need to resolve your vitamin deficiency.

I have quite literally thousands of pages on this site dedicated to doing just that. I'm not sure what other kinds of 'support' you need besides the information to resolve your deficiency, which is on this site.

my familg dr. diagnosed me with deprestion
by: Anonymous

I was feeling depressed and my whole body hurts my bones joints and muscles i can't sleep well. i go to a urgent care the dr did blood work. i then go to my regular dr. he ordered no blood work and gave me a perception for depression i told him but i dont think that's it i feel like its something else.

he then said what is it take this medication for 6 months. i decided to do the blood work the other dr did and saw him for the results before i took the antidepressants and my vitamin d level was 10. and he said that can cause everything you are feeling. Now why couldn't my regular Dr do that?? What should i do.??

Count of 10
by: Florence

I've been in a lot of pain for around 12years now it began in my pelvis/hip and more recently I'm in pain all over I went for x rays years ago and again recently and nothing showed up my recent bloods showed I had a count if ten and I have some tablets.. Is it possible that this may have been my pain for all of those years, I only also have been treated foe depression

Vitamin D level is crucial for immune function
by: Donna Fuller, RN

It wasn't that long ago that MD's either didn't routinely test for vitamin D, or lacked clear understanding that Vitamin D is tied to immune response.

For instance, during breast cancer workups, immediately following the diagnosis, but prior to treatment, it was discovered that almost all patients had dangerously low levels of Vitamin D. 8, 11, 5, etc. They were immediately put on prescription of Vitamin D3 for 6 to 8 weeks, and then monitored with over the counter supplements (usually 1000 to 2000 units/daily) to keep them within normal range.

30 is considered lowest normal, with highest normal at 100. So it's really best to be somewhere in the middle of that range for optimal health. Vitamin D is so cruical for bone health, along with calcium. It also regulates so many other processes related to immunity to disease, fatigue and more.

I speak as a breast cancer survivor and a health care provider. Get Vitamin D labwork, know your number, get treated if it's needed, maintain good levels for maintenance of health, but also to fend off possible diseases. Spend 10 minutes a day in the sun, it's really what your body needs.

Vitamin D
by: Leslie

I went to a new Neurology Doctor because of our move to a new city.I have been Doctoring in the past 10 years for several Neurology problems. He took all of his allotted 15 minute office visit to tell me I don't have the problems that my other Doctors told me I have. I felt like he was incompetent. No tests other than Vitamin B-12 and D. He told me to call the nurse back a week later. I did and she told me that my vitamin B-12 level is 260 and the D level was 10. My TSH was 1.970, IgA Serum is 259.0, and Transglutaminase IgA autoantibodies is 1 unit. She said the Doctor told her to tell me go to the Drug store and take Vit. B-12 and Vit. D supplements. I asked what amount , was told whatever the bottle says to take for an Adult. I believe this Doctor was too eager to star his vacation. I feel lost. What should I do?

[Kerri's note: your doctor is brilliant. I'd listen to him. He probably saved you decades of health problems]

Vitamin d level was 10
by: Anonymous

Hi I am a 19 year old male 5ft 9 and weigh about 84kg. This winter I started experiencing calf pain and pain in my knees. I was so worried I had a blood clot but the only symptom I had was calf pain. I went to see my doctor who ordered a blood test for my thyroid for arthritis (rheumatoid) and for many other things. I was told my level was 10 which is severely deficient. He prescribed me 25,000 IU oral solution once a week for 6 weeks. I started taking the vitamin D my calf pain has gone now. For about 5 days I had pain in my head mostly on the left side i was so worried I had a brain tumour or something very bad. Now my head feels ticklish at the back I have dandruff for a very long time could this be causing it. Also I have had problems sleeping with this takes me a while to get to bed and then I always wake up around the same time to use the bathroom. I have red veins in my eyes not very bad ones and my under my eyelids it's a little black. Has anyone else experienced this when having low vitamin D and taking prescription vitamin D. I would appreciate it if anyone can help me or reassure me that I am just over worrying. I only started experiencing headaches 5 days after taking my 3rd dosage of 25000 IU vitamin D

Count of 3.5
by: Anonymous

I am a 58 year old runner, recently run a half marathon, lost it at 11.5 miles which wasn't good, as I had trained for it. Visit to GP, blood tested, and Vit D came back as low. Now on meds, but I feel so tired and weak, muscle aches, headaches you name it it aches. How long will I feel like this.

my vitamin D level is 9.
by: Katie

Had blood work done today and my vitamin D level is 9.
My bones and joints hurt so bad! Could the low level be what's causing my pain?

what is this low vitamin D doing to my body
by: Anonymous

my doctor called and told me my vitamin D was 1, sent prescription of 500000mg once a week for 12 weeks then will test again

Please see the thread
by: Kerri Knox

Please see the thread. I have multiple links discussing this.

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