Vitamin levels

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Hey everyone, I went to a different doc because just wanted a different opinion . I talked about my dry skin I had been getting a lot . Ran all my blood work except he was curious about vitamin d . Well sure enough it came out extremely low . I read up online that low vitamin d is common with IBS. I was wondering how many of you have had low vitamin d or other levels . I want to get my others tested too. One thing that has been bothering me is that I get burning feet sensation at times which is really annoying . Anyone else with the burning feet at times ?

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    Hi Robert, my PCP prescribed vitamin d for me several months ago.  My d levels were below range to my surprise. I  was surprised because during the summer I walk outside several days a week. Now I'm guessing the levels must really drop during the winter months so I'm expecting my levels to be higher at my next check.

    I had some burning in my feet but I just realized that I have not had that feeling for some time now. At this moment, I cannot recall when the burning stopped. How often do you have the burning?

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    Hi robert:  Test for vit B12.  What was the # of your D test result?  Should be close to 50 or even between 50-60.  I had to increase both D3 and B Complex with extra B12 and folic acid.  I have stressed induced IBS-A so when I have to run to the bathroom 5 times or more a day, my body is losing electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc.) and other vitamins and minerals so I drink Pedialyte to replace some what I'm losing. Since my increase of D3 and Bs, I'm having less bathroom runs.  Your burning feet may be the result of low B12.  I have a numb toe and the outside of my left foot.  I thot I had diabetes so was tested for that but I do not have it.  Doc said numbness and tingling/burning in feet and even arms and hand/fingers can be due to a B12 deficiency.  She put me on high doses of both via supplements. And, yes my feet still feeling like they are burning.  I'm going to see a nerologist for that and the numbness.  Again, have your B12 and A1c (blood sugar) tested.  The Alc will test for diabetes which would rule out diabetes -- burning feet is an early symptom of diabetes but that doesn't mean uch unless you have your A1c tested. A fasting glucose test is not as telling as an A1c.  Hope I've given you some useful information.  I just went thru all of this.

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      My vitamin D level was at 18. MY A1c was at 5.0 so not diabetic thankfully because it runs it my family. I need to get my vitamin B12 checked, he didn't check for that. My IBS is where I get loose stools but not running to the bathroom but I do go to the restroom an extra time or two a day when it's rough instead of my usual only once .

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      D level at 18?  The optimal number is 50 ng/mL.  Didn't doc tell you to increase D?  I'd ask him/her about that.  Mine was at 43 and doc wants it closer to 50 to I increased my vit D3 intake . Wish I had your A1c.  Mine was at 5.8 = prediabetic which concerns me.  I cannnot take medformin because is has a bad effective on digestive track.  Sigh. 

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    My vitamin D was tested before I got IBS and it came back fine.  i had my thyroid levels and cholestorol checked too which were also ok.  Ironically, it was this batch of tests that triggered my IBS because the healthcare asiisstant didn't know what she was doing and keft me in permanent pain.

    I don't get burning feet though.

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      Hi pippa:  During the blood draw for the tests you mentioned, did the tech hit a nerve when she placed the needle in your arm or wherever she drew blood from?  I had that happen to me when gal placed the needle in the inside of my right wrist -- she hit a nerve and the burning pain made me cry out.  Pain left several days later.  Do you still have pain from the injection site?  How long ago did this happen?  I'm soooo sorry to know of this. 

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      I don't know what was hit.  I got a pustule within minutes of the blood test that was immediately purple and angry looking.  I started getting a severe throbbing immediately and huge bruising. Painkillers did nothing for it.  When the bruising eventually disappeared after many weeks, the severe, constant pain went on for 2 monrhs.  I complained to the Practice Nurse and she laughed at the picture I had taken of the.injury and fobbed me off with excuses about supposedly defective equipment.  I posted the picture on one of my social media sites and wrote a Limerick and a poem to satirise the culprits.

      This was my very first treatment at this surgery as I had not long moved and everything went wrong that day.  Allthough the pain is not as constant as it was, it does still come back on a regular basis if the weather changes.  I am still getting stabbing sensations in my arm as if I am getting the blood test all over again.  Sometimes, I have had numbness and tingling sensations too, so I am now beginning to wonder if I now have a nerve injury.

      Wiithin two to three months of this, I got IBS because of the strain.

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      I had a thyroid, cholesterol, and Vitamin D test. I knew these tests would come back negative which they did, because my exhaustion and joint pain started immediately after chiropractory and deep tissue massage.  I think I may have had a hyper immune reaction.to these joint addjustments.

      Initially, the nurse cancelled my appoinment which I was glad of because she nearly injured my mum who had dementia and my dad stopped her.  I got extremely bad vibes from this healthcare assistant when I mistakenly rescheduled the appointment. My dad said that just because she couldn't do mum's test, didn't mean that it would be the same for me. However, I had a sixth sense that she would injure me because I sensed that she was poorly qualified or not qualified at all.

      Had I followed my own instincts, I would not now have IBS.

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      I think I was very upset more about the fact that I expected to be treated by a professional and being a perfectionist, I also expected 100% from the nurse concerned. These expectations fell very short of the mark. Secondly, I felt very hurt that I was laughed at by another nurse.  I also have a huge phobia about all things medical and it was a huge effort for me to go to the doctor in the first place rather than just avoid it like I usually do.  The fact also that the pain became permanent also added to my stress.

       

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      Sounds like she damaged one of more nerves. Do you recall where she stuck you and how many times?  There are such things as nerve blocks that may help stop the pain your are experiencing that may also eliminate some stress from the pain, as well.  You might want to pursue that.  Just a thot.
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      The test was done where the lower part of my arm joins with the upper part. and it was only one jab. That bit is still painful to touch and can be difficult flex my lower arm without pain. Initially, the pan radiated up to my shoulder and I had difficulty using cutlery.  However, it has gone on for so long now that it no longer causes anxiety because I have accepted it and find that warmer weather keeps the pain away.
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