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Does low Vit D make you tired????

on 9/19/08 2:14 pm - Chatham, Canada
OK peeps, I had RNY  July 3rd, taking my B12 shots every 2 weeks, just had lab work done, iron is fine along with other things but my Vit D is low again...been taking some Vit D already, but I am soooo tired, thyroid levels are good with my dosage of meds, so its not that.  Some days I cant seem to stay awake.  I thought for sure it would be my iron , but is there anyone else out there with low Vit D, and you are insanely tired some days???

C. Richardson
on 9/19/08 2:24 pm

Hi Jenn -
Congrats on your recent surgery..  I just posted about this last night and got some great replies..,messageboard/action ,replies/board_id,4856/cat_id,4456/topic_id,3731523/

I am so tired all the time and this is so out of character for me.  Even at my highest weight I had way more energy then I do right now.  I just hope pumping myself with lots of dry vit d is going to do the trick. 

I wish you all the best.

on 9/19/08 2:38 pm - La Crosse, WI
Your body is starving.  We all go through it.  When you hit your next stall your body should reset.  You might try to get some Lactose free milk in every day and get out into the sun a little to get the Vit D up.

Good Luck,

on 9/19/08 3:10 pm - Weymouth, MA
i havent had the surgery yet, but i had my pre-op labs done and my doctor said my vitamin D was low... and that is why i probably am drained all the time... he gave me the prescribed ones i take one once a week.. i am on my third week and i can say as of a few days ago i feel my energy level up again   
on 9/19/08 3:35 pm, edited 9/19/08 3:55 pm - Ottawa, Canada

I had low vitamin d before surgery and asked my doctor what the signs were of low vitamin d and her answer was, There are NO signs of Low vitamin D. They only way they know that you are low in vitamin d is through a blood test. The effect of low vitamin d is that your body can't absorb calcium and you develop osteoporosis.

Your not tired because of low vitamin D. 

Citrate or Bust (a few bones) !
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on 9/19/08 3:52 pm - Weymouth, MA
hmmm interesting when i told my PCP that i was tired she had me do labs and my Vit D was really low and she said that is probably why i was feeling whipped out... and maybe coincidence but since i started the prescribed vit D i dont feel so tired  
Andrea U.
on 9/19/08 4:19 pm - Wilson, NC
Your doctor is wrong.

Depression rates are elevated in D deficient patients.
Osteomalacia causes one's bones to ache (as they, you know, melt).

on 9/19/08 4:31 pm - Ottawa, Canada
........but low levels of vitamin D doesn't make you tired.

I wonder if the depression rates being elevated in D deficient patients is linked to the fact that obesity rates are elevated amongst d deficient patients.

I am fat therefore i am depressed.
I am fat therefore i am more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.



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Andrea U.
on 9/19/08 4:35 pm - Wilson, NC
There's no way to know if it makes you tired or not.

But to say there are *no* signs of vite D deficiency is a fallacy, as very clearly, osteomalacia, a sign of D deficiency, is definately noticable.

And my skinny-assed hubby, who has a terrible D level, is also depressed.  He's been showing improvement with D doses.

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on 9/19/08 5:48 pm - Big Sky Country, ID
On September 19, 2008 at 4:19 PM Pacific Time, Andrea U. wrote:
Your doctor is wrong.

Depression rates are elevated in D deficient patients.
Osteomalacia causes one's bones to ache (as they, you know, melt).

Once again you are right, Andrea...geez I so hate that :)  My vitamin D was in the toilet, as you know.  I've now been taking it for a few days & feel much, much better already.  Vitamin D should be getting rid of the fatigue.  Look for another source of the fatigue.
Sophia Maria
on 9/19/08 5:03 pm, edited 9/19/08 5:04 pm
Well My last visit when I was
diagnosed with low Vit D I told them my symptoms
I was having immediately they suspected low Vit D
BEFORE the blood test.

Extremely tired
aching bones
tooth loss = 2 molars pulled  (pre wls good teeth)
Very bad Depression

They were right
 I had low Vit D confirmed thru blood work
Andrea U.
on 9/19/08 4:24 pm - Wilson, NC
Read this article.

A few takeaways:

Vitamin D deficiency was initially linked to the childhood disease rickets, which causes the softening and weakening of bones, often leading to fractures. (In adults, rickets is called osteomalacia.)

But vitamin D researchers have discovered other important functions as they began questioning the inverse relationship between sunlight exposure and increased incidence of many chronic diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

As the serum 25(OH)D concentration rose above 80 nmol/L, there was a 50% reduction in the colorectal cancer risk.

The risk of prostate cancer is reduced by 50% when serum vitamin D levels are greater than 50 nmol/L.

Vitamin D is integral to the normal function of the immune response.

Also, while not listed in this article, D deficiency has also been linked to depression (which, even in mild forms, can cause fatigue).

Dave Chambers
on 9/19/08 4:33 pm - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with
I've had issues with D. I had an 8 on my first labs with D. On 3 courses of script D, it came up to 14. Then I switched to liquid vitamins, with 600 IU daily, and the levels came up to 33, with the only other D being in my calcium citrate. I now augment my daily diet with 3 of the 5000 IU D3 capsules from vitalady. Recent studies indicate levels abvoe 70 to be best, and with levels of D above 80 to be optimum. DAVE

Dave Chambers, 6'3" tall, 365 before RNY, 185 low, 200 currently. My profile page: product reviews, tips for your journey, hi protein snacks, hi potency delicious green tea, and personal web site.
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on 9/19/08 4:48 pm - Weymouth, MA
i never get sunlight with being a fair skinned freckle face redhead i avoid it as much as possible... and come to think of it i have felt depressed the past few months
Dave Chambers
on 9/19/08 5:58 pm - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with
They do sell "light boxes" designed to fight against what is commonly called Seasonal Effect Disorder, where you feel depressed from not enough sunlight. These have been used in northern hemisphere countries and States for years in winter months. I'm blond, and even though I walk daily for exercise, my D was still too low. I also know that my legs feel a lot stronger using the 5000 IU D3 capsules. DAVE

Dave Chambers, 6'3" tall, 365 before RNY, 185 low, 200 currently. My profile page: product reviews, tips for your journey, hi protein snacks, hi potency delicious green tea, and personal web site.
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Sophia Maria
on 9/19/08 4:56 pm
Jenn616  Low Vit D

can cause you to be tired

your bones to hurt

tooth problems
 and other things

I know from experience
on 9/19/08 5:12 pm - Chatham, Canada
Thank you so much for everyones replys, I appreciate and love everyone for their help!

Janet R.
on 9/19/08 6:56 pm - Peoria, IL
I have to say that I think getting my Vit D level up has improved my energy level. I was only borderline low and started taking Dry Vit D, 1000 iu a day. I was very ill this past summer with a bowel obstruction surgery that developed infection. I got so weak I could barely do anything. Since I have recovered, I have to say that my energy level is better than ever, even pre WLS. What confuses me about that is that my iron/hemoglobin is lower than it has ever been for me (except when I was in the depths of infection) at 10.8. So I am contributing my increased energy to Vit D levels.
I was doing some internet research on Vit D and found some interesting theories that Vit D helps with glucose metabolism, sugar and carb cravings and PCOS as well....things that many of us with WLS can identify with.
I was talking with a patient today that has MS about Vit D as somewhere I read that it could play a role in MS as well and she said her doctor had told her to get plenty of Vit D and calcium.....I think there is a lot to be learned about this vitamin and many of the docs are not educated on the latest. As a nurse, I know the docs are not always as well educated as we would like to think! Janet


on 10/19/10 9:37 am - Alexandria, KY