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Undectable Level of Vitamin D
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Wow! I was Planning on saying no to your question about Vitamin D and Migraines, but Holy Smokes! That's a REALLY low Vitamin D Level, and I don't think that anyone would really know what symptoms an Almost Undetectable level of Vitamin D would cause!!

One thing is for sure, you need to get it corrected and corrected FAST. You said that your doctor put you on a 'once a week' Vitamin D tablet. It's likely that it's 50,000 IU's of Vitamin D.

If your tablet is 50,000 IU's or less, then you are not getting enough. You need to be taking Much more than that.

50,000 IU's a week is only about 7000 IU's per day. That is a MAINTENANCE dose for a large person and not enough to correct a deficiency THAT SEVERE except in a child!

So, you should talk to your doctor and see if he would agree to you taking the 50,000 IU's per DAY for about 30 days, then get retested.

Alternatively, an even better and more efficient way to get your Vitamin D is to get out and expose as much of your skin to full sun as you can tolerate each day WITHOUT GETTING BURNED. This can get you up to 200,000 IU's per day.

So, the Vitamin D Levels Could be causing your migraines, who knows? But there are a few other likely culprits for your migraines as well.

The first one is Magnesium. It is Very Well Known to researchers that migraines are often caused by magnesium deficiency. Even so, doctors rarely prescribe magnesium for migraines- and doctors also rarely cure anyone's migraines either.

So, you COULD do a trial of magnesium to see if your migraines respond to it. I would suggest that you take Jigsaw Health's Essential Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Packs (with your doctor's OK) because it's likely that you have not absorbed any calcium in a LONG TIME because of your Vitamin D Deficiency, and you are at very high risk of osteoporosis if you don't have it already.

So, the way to take a Magnesium Supplement in order to test to see if it will help your migraines is.... (continued on next comment)

Magnesium Protocol for Migraines
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

You start out by taking about 200 mg of a good easily absorbed magnesium in the morning or whenever a headache comes on.

When your body has sufficient magnesium, you will have a loose stool (diarrhea). This phenomenon is called "Bowel Tolerance" and it prevents you from 'overdosing' on magnesium, so therefore magnesium is safe to take in whatever dose it takes to reach 'Bowel Tolerance'.

So, you can take 2 more about 6 hours later if the headache is not gone AND you didn't reach Bowel Tolerance.

The next day, you can take 3 pills in the morning and two pills in the late afternoon or evening. You can continue increasing the amount of magnesium that you take by ONE pill per day until Bowel Tolerance is reached or your symptoms go away.

Once you reach Bowel Tolerance, then continue the next day with one LESS pill per day. Continue that dosage (or even less if you are still having loose stools the next day) for a week or two. If you still have your migranes, then it is not because of magnesium deficiency.

If you improved, then magnesium deficiency was likely your problem.

The protocol may SOUND complicated, but it's really not. Usually, you reach bowel tolerance or feel better the first or second day. Most people rarely take more than 800 mg of magnesium before they reach bowel tolerance.

Take a look at The Nutritional Magnesium Association for a completely different perspective on this extremely powerful nutrient. It's absolutely fascinating!

Magnesium is only one of the many remedies for migraines that I share with my clients. If you would like help with your migraines, then Contact Me Directly for a free 15 minute Mini Telephone Consultation.

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

Thank You
by: Kathy H

Wow!!! Thank You so very much for all of your advice. I can't believe that you took all of that time to help a perfect stranger! You truly are an angel as far as I'm concerned!

I haven't had that much help from any of the doctors i've been to! I have an appointment with the "thyroid doctor" next Tuesday. I'm hoping to get to the bottom of all of this soon.

I didn't get into too much detail in last question because migraine was the most bothersome symptom. However, I have also been dealing with unthinkable fatigue, rapid weigh gain (50lbs in 6 months), heavy periods and all over pain, mostly back and legs....I have them all!!

The thyroid meds have helped a bit, along with the iron and Vitamin D Supplements, but i'm still not "ME" yet. My quality of life as well as my family has been affected by my illness, so I am hungry for help to get "ME" back. I miss "ME".

I can't wait to try all you have suggested and I will let you know how it goes. Again, Thank YOU so very much.

Kathy H

P.S my med label says vitamin D 1.25MG softgel PLI 1xwk and Levothyroxine 50MCG tab myl 1tabletQday

Migraines and Vitamin D
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Hi Kathy,

I'm glad that I can help out. Doctors are GREAT for acute illness, but sometimes clueless for chronic problems... and while I don't know your story, I'm guessing that you've been having some ongoing problems and they haven't found very much.

But you have an almost UNDETECTABLE level of Vitamin D and it's a shame that no one caught it earlier!

So, I have to retract something that I said. I originally said that Vitamin D doesn't help migraines to my knowledge. Well, I looked it up and there WAS a study done on women with migraines.

They were given a Calcium and Magnesium supplement and migraines disappeared in EVERY SINGLE PATIENT! And these were patients who had CHRONIC migraines in which nothing else had worked.

It's interesting that the more that I look into using nutritional methods to solve problems, the research keeps coming back to the Golden Triad of Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D .

Another bit of help. When you go to your doctor, be sure to:

1) Ask about a more aggressive Vit D regimen. Your tablets of 1.25 mg = 50,000 IU's. Ask about going on that ONCE PER DAY for a month and then get a Vitamin D recheck.

2) Ask to also check your Vitamin b 12 levels. Often when anemia is present, there is a general absorption problem in your stomach.


Vitamin b 12 levels are VERY OFTEN normal, even in people actually HAVE B 12 deficiency. So, even if your level is normal, you may want to do a trial of Vitamin B-12 anyway, just to see if it helps your fatigue.

Here's how to do it. You get a high quality sublingual (under the tongue) Vitamin B 12 supplement with 1000 mcg- like this Beyond B12 here.

Take one or two tablets under your tongue for a month. If you have more energy and are feeling better, then you have Vitamin B 12 deficiency, if not- then it's likely that you aren't.

Simple, cheap and no expensive testing required!

Come back and let us know how you are doing. I have LOTS more help for clients, so if you want to do a consultation, you can see the information on my Private Functional Medicine Practice here.

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

thanks again!
by: Kathy

More About Vitamin D

I've been doing the magnesium for two days now, and have only suffered from headache, no migraine yet!

I can't wait to get to the Dr. Tuesday and have them check me for all those things.

I'm sure it all will come back to vitamin deficiencies. Isn't that the root of all illness and disease after all?

Thank You again, I'll write back Tuesday after my appointment to let you know how it went.


Migranes went away with Magnesium and Vitamin D
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!


I hope that those Migranes stay away. Yes, please let us know how the appointment goes. Even if you can talk your doctor into the Vitamin D 50,000 IU's TWICE per week, that would be a better regimen to correct your deficiency.

For most people, 50,000 IU's Vitamin D would be fine, but your levels are SO low and you are having SUCH severe symptoms, that it seems like you should get more aggressive treatment.

Thanks for taking a proactive stance with your health and being willing to try something new and different!

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

by: kathy

I went to the thyroid doctor Tuesday and it was just awful!!

He was the kind of Dr. that every time I tried to tell him something or ask a question, he put his hand up like to shut me up!!!

More About Vitamin D

So Wednesday I went to my new primary care Dr. (my other went back to school) and this guy is awesome!! He spent so much time with me and agreed to aggressively treat my hypothyroidism AND all of my symptoms.

He starting with a crazy amount of blood tests, Vitamin D stuff included and he's ordered a sonogram of my thyroid. I forgot to ask him about "upping" my Vit.D, however, I did ask him for the script, so now I have access to double. I guess sometimes you just got to "take matters in your own hands."

The magnesium is WORKING thanks to you, still no migraine! You really have saved my life, migraine can make people do things that wouldn't otherwise consider.

I thank heaven you got to me first!

I should find everything out at my six week appt, i'll keep you posted if you'd like. Thank you again for everything!!!!

Kathy H

A Question about Migraines and Vitamin D
by: Nimaa

Thank you so much...learned so much...I had a question...I am 30 yrs male...I get migraine like headaches specially after lunch!

I get too sleepy after lunch... followed by headaches...if I fall sleep the headaches are very bad and last the whole only goes away when I wake up the next doctor tested me for adrenal fatigue...and normal blood test...everything is okay except Vitamin D which is 42 nmol/lit... so i am deficient...

My doctor doesn't believe that it is a problem though....

I also feel my sex drive had been decreased...would you pls help me...

Thanks a million,

Your doctor doesn't think its a problem!
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Nimaa,

Yipes! Your doctor doesn't think that your Vitamin D Level is a problem? Well, it is... It would be good to ask him since when a severe Vitamin Deficiency that has been linked to:

as well as migraines ISN'T a problem?!

Well, it isn't a problem for HIM because he's not YOU, but it IS a problem for you and it COULD be contributing to your migraines- despite your doctor saying that it isn't.

So, first of all- you need to get your Vitamin D Level up to Normal Vitamin D Levels by taking Vitamin D3 Supplements in dosages recommended on the Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment page.

You may also want to consider taking magnesium supplements in the dosage recommended on the Magnesium Dosage page. There is actually a MUCH stronger association between magnesium and migraines than there is for Vitamin D and migraines.

It also sounds like your blood sugar levels are off- which could be from the Vitamin D deficiency. But you need to be watching what you eat. What are you eating for breakfast and lunch? Are you eating breakfast at all? Or are you eating mostly carbs at breakfast?

These are all reasons for your blood sugar to 'crash' after lunch. Let me know what you are eating and maybe I can help further.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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