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vit d deficient and low platelets..???

sandy M.
on 12/3/09 3:03 pm - guthrie, KY
i got my blood work back today and my vit d is low not surprised about it but im not happy about it either...also my platelets are low...i have a history with a blood disorder that causes low platelets but im wondering if anyone knows if there could be a connection between the two?? i have been feeling extrememly tired and woozy ...i have more energy thanks to the weight loss but im just tired..if anyone knows if there is a connection or what are some of the side effects of low vit d i would appreciate any information ...thanks
looking forward to what the future holds...
sandy m.
                        hw-330 sw-320 cw-210gw-159

Dave Chambers
on 12/3/09 3:14 pm - Mira Loma, CA
RNY on 05/10/06 with
The vast majority of RNY patients, or anyone else walking down the street, probably have low levels of vitamin D. It's very common with over half of the US population.  A dry D3 is probably what you need. I used the script D from my PCP, but it failed to do hardly anything after 24 weeks. I take a dry d3, 5000  IU, 3 times daily with my calcium citrate. The effects of low vitamin D are numerous. Studies indicate the levels of 70-80 on labs for D greatly diminish the chances of colon rectal cancer, prostrate cancer, female cancers, MS or other neurological disorders, etc. So it's important. DAVE

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on 12/3/09 3:56 pm
My D came back low in my preop testing.  I started taking a supplement and felt a litle more energetic afterwards.  Not sure if it was related, but there it is.
Andrea U.
on 12/3/09 4:03 pm, edited 12/3/09 4:03 pm - Wilson, NC
It's extremely common.

Did your doc write you a script?  If so, don't bother filling it, go to and get her D3-50 and use it exactly in the same manner you would have used the scripted form.

The scripted form is D2, which is a form that requires a great deal more for the body to actually utilize (like, hundreds times more).  Additionally, it is immersed in oil, and we malabsorb oil so we will malabsorb the vitamin contained within.  The stuff from vitalady is D3 (the active form) and is water-miscible or known as "dry" D.

on 12/3/09 4:14 pm
My vitamin D level started at 22 on my first round of bloodwork. I took 3 months of high dose, script given to me, d. I also tried liquid d 2000 and a bunch of others while I waited for the next tests. It went up to 44. The dr was thrilled with that but I wasn't. I called Vitalady after reading all the reasons why you need your vitamin D level closer to 70. For 3 months I took Vitalady's dry d3 50k each day. My level is now 84. I'm thrilled with that and feel much better since I got my level up.
on 12/3/09 4:58 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
ITP? I was dx with it at age 30, so 30 yrs ago. My WLS did not affect it in any way at all. In fact, most of these 15 yrs, I've had "normal" if slightly saggy platelets.

Vit D deficiency is GUARANTEED for us. Pre-op, if tested, yep. Post-op, when tested, yep.

Andrea gave you all the details, and between us we could make your eyes roll out of your head with studies.

Don't MAKE u**** you with studies.

I don't have much on the ITP. Do you SEE yours or does it only show up on labs? And no, not related to D, except in the way that all the nutrients are inked together, which could eventually weaken the vessels a bit. (distant) However, ITP can kick up for no reason that we can see. When I "see" mine, looks like cayenne pepper sprinkled on my skin. I can only see it where I don't have freckles. OK, where I am not COVERED with freckles, to be more accurate. By the time I get a blood draw, the levels are back to low normal. When the blood draw is much lower, I don't see any spots. Weird.

RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

Andrea U.
on 12/3/09 6:09 pm - Wilson, NC
Sorta hijack -- you get the D newsletter today?

Interesting things for pregnancy and D.

on 12/3/09 6:30 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
Got it, didn't read it. The eye fixit was postponed til tomorrow.

You know, one of my staff has had not one, but TWO surprise pregnancies. She is not WLS. She was using BC, faithfully. She was 5 months when she found the first surprise. He is fine. She was taking 10k of D. I SO wanted that baby tested at birth. I guess the docs weren't as curious as I was. He was born in March, so when all the "babies are all born with rickets" hit the news. I'm pretty sure THIS baby didn't!

She also took Tender iron (150mg), and folic, so she didn't even get the fatigue. Well, until her belly was bigger than her height! LOL

Anyway, today she tells us, she is due in Feb. Her brain is trying to recover. Two babies in a year. Boys. She even changed BC pills! What's sad is that she wanted a total of 0 kids. She's taking excellent care of him, tho.

So, my staff have always taken at least 5k of D3.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaiiit. You don't spose D3 is what's causing all these pregnancies, do ya? Cuz, I mean, I'll have it delivered to a PO BOX!

RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

Andrea U.
on 12/3/09 7:20 pm - Wilson, NC
MIRENA.  It's a lovely thing.  And what's keeping me from having a 3rd little viking.

on 12/3/09 7:28 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
Don't get ****y, there, blondie.

One of my peeps, rny 2000, revised to distal 2002...... her #3 was born, as she says, with the ring in his hand. LOL


RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

Andrea U.
on 12/3/09 7:32 pm - Wilson, NC
My sister is a lawyer!  College tuition!

My god, a 3rd postop pregnancy would kill what brain, bones, and blood I have  left.

Pam T.
on 12/3/09 8:05 pm - Saginaw, MI
What?  There's a D  newsletter?  How come nobody told me?? 

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on 12/3/09 9:06 pm - Suffern, NY
I have been vitamin D deficient for years and been on supplementations.  Prior to surgery I had a vitamin D level of 16 and took 50,000 units weekly of prescription vitamin D.  That took my level up to about 40 which was fine for a pre-op.  But post op, it wasn't enough.  I stayed pretty stable and after about 5 months, my PTH got really high I switched to Vitamin D3, 50,000 units 2 times per week and I now have a great level of 97 with a PTH of 46.  You definitely need to be on 50,000 units of D3 atleast once a week if not twice a week to get your level up.  You want your D to be around 80-100.

I also have ITP (Low platelets) - there is no connection to vitamin D deficiency.  ITP can be caused by many things - some autoimmune, an enlarged spleen and sometimes for no known reason.  Do you see a hematologist for this?


sandy M.
on 12/4/09 4:52 am - guthrie, KY
i was diagnoised with ITP when i was 13 so 27 years was really uncommon back then but every few months for several years i had problems - i had episodes where my platelets would get to below 2000 ..but i have not had any real issues for about 17 years ..i was curious to see if any connection because it has been so long since i have had any problems...i havent seen a hematologist since the last drop i had.  thanks for all the there any place else i can buy the vitamins that yall get on ?
looking forward to what the future holds...
sandy m.
                        hw-330 sw-320 cw-210gw-159

on 12/5/09 5:06 pm - Suffern, NY
You can also get the vitamins at bariatric but they are more expensive there.