Vitamin D Deficiency and Thalassemia

by Marly
(Easton, MD)

I was just called by my doctor's nurse that my Vitamin D level was low and they sent a prescription to my pharmacy that I will pick up tomorrow morning. I learned that the level is 11.4.

Does this explain why I am so exhausted that I lie on the couch most of the day (the past week) I don't want to dress or leave my home. I have no energy to do much. I also have chronic bronchitis and the stigma of Mediterranean anemia: Thallasemia Minor.

How low is my number?

Is it something I should be concerned about?



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Concerned about Vitamin D and Thallasemia
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Marly,

Well, 11 ng/ml is a pretty darned low number and something that yes, you should absolutely be concerned about. But your concern should turn into a 'Yeah!' that doctors actually found something 'wrong' with you that can be easily fixed.

However, I would highly recommend that you read my page on Prescription Vitamin D before you bother to go to the Pharmacy tomorrow.

Even if you need to pay for it out of pocket, you are MUCH better off getting Vitamin D3 Supplements instead of the inferior prescription stuff that your doctor is giving you!!!

Then, about your Thallasemia. If your doctors have never considered the possibility of you having Gluten Sensitivity, then YOU should consider the possibility yourself- as well as considering the possibility that A LOT of your health problems could very well be Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance and not necessarily 'just' Thalasemmia!

Don't believe me?? Researchers consider gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease to be one of the most prevalent undiagnosed illnesses that there is- and if you read This Study, they found 3 patients who ONLY thought that they had Thallasemia who ACTUALLY had Celiac Disease!!!

But this is NOT something that doctors have caught onto yet, so you should read the studies on Undiagnosed Celiac Disease so that you understand better where I am coming from.

Marly, I hope that you take the opportunity to try out a gluten free diet and ditch your prescription vitamin d for some over the counter supplements!!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

foot cramps from vit D 3
by: Anonymous

Have low Vit D3,started 2,000 made my ra worse & also gave me muscle cramps in feet every night. I know the cramps are from this, absolutely no question about it, because I kept trying it (stopping & starting)I take mag too which helps cramps,I just don't know what I can do, the pain keeps me from sleeping, have to get up & try to walk w/severe ra to get rid of these cramps. I read a little somewhere (complicated somewhat) how vit D & calc causes ra more problems. It's something about virues,bact,fungus, vit D makes more macrophages, more colonies invade, cells that are supose to kill them don't? So more inflamation? All new to me just read once,couple months back, may sound off the wall BUT totally fits my situation. calc hurt me too when tried off & on. Can't get out in sun enough. Also have fibro or some kind of myalgia. I have osteoporosis, need vit d but cramps outweighs (due to missing sleep & fear of falling in middle night) ANY IDEAS ARE APPRECIATED.


Please read my other pages
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go through my site and read. EVERY single page has a 'search' function in the right hand upper corner and you can search 'Vitamin D Cramps' and it will bring up HUNDREDS of answers to WHY vitamin d is giving you cramps and what to do about it...

The answers are already here and I've answered this exact same question SO MANY times that I'm not quite sure how you could possibly miss the answer to this problem.

Then please use the search box to search Fibromyalgia and read the MANY MANY solutions that I've already written about that will help you.

You have Fibromyalgia for a reason and you are getting cramps and increased pain from vitamin d for the EXACT same reason. You also have RA for a REASON. Use the search box to search Rheumatoid Arthritis and I've discussed MANY MANY solutions to this too- they are the SAME solutions to your Fibromyalgia. And Vitamin D Does NOT make RA worse. The theory that you gave is nonsense. Vitamin d will IMPROVE your RA, but it will not do it alone. Your increased pain, etc from vitamin d is NOT from increased macrophage activity and increased inflammation since Vitamin d DECREASES inflammation and IMPROVES the immune system...

There is only ONE SINGLE person on the planet who believes that vitamin d makes autoimmune disease worse and no real scientists take his work seriously because those who work with actual patients know that vitamin d IMPROVES autoimmune disease.

Also PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read my pages on the correct vitamin d dosage. 2000 IU's is a SILLY and TINY dose that is a maintenance dose for a 25 pound child and not a dose for an adult with autoimmune disease and likely SEVERE SEVERE vitamin d deficiency. You might need up to ONE MILLION IU's OR MORE in a short period of time in order to resolve your deficiency.

All of this has been answered HUNDREDS Of times on my site...

Kerri Knox, RN

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