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Vitamin shortage

Growing up in the US, I took Vitamin D for granted. It's fortified in everything (milk, bread, orange juice and more) and most of the places I lived in were pretty sunny.

Then I moved to England: no Vitamin D fortifying foods, a lot less sunlight, a lot more cold weather.

Since September I'd been feeling super tired and worn down, heart palpitations, irritable, didn't feel like doing anything, etc. Got tested for anemia and magnesium. Iron a little low, magnesium fine. Taking iron didn't help that much.

So I went back to the doctor at the beginning of this month. And they decided to give me a Vitamin D test. The magic number according to the NHS for Vitamin D is 50. Low Vitamin D is 40. Very low is 30.

My number was 29. :/ This means I have to be on Vitamin D for six months. I actually have a written prescription for this now. It's kind of scary that my number was that low, but I feel better knowing what it was now.
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Shit, I didn't know Vitamin D was so important. I hope this fixes things for you! :)
It is! But it's in milk, bread, OJ, etc. in the US, so I never thought about it. Plus it's more sunny there too.

I'm black, so I have a much harder time getting the sun's rays.
I'm gonna try to remember to sit in the sunlight for at least 10 minutes each afternoon now!
Also thanks. :)
That's crazy (@_@) Hope you feel better. You kinda make me wanna get some test like that done now. I keep having eye-twitching problems and I wonder if it's a deficiency.
Try magnesium. Citrate is probably best. If you can get some vitamin B that would be good too.

The eye twitching is usually a sign of stress. Stress activates adrenaline. Adrenaline needs magnesium and vitamin B.
Augh! You just reminded me of this news. I'm glad they figured it out. :/
That makes sense. I'm not really sure why there aren't any vitamin fortified foods in the UK. We too can have Vitamin D milk!
I'm glad that the doctors were able to offer you a diagnosis relatively quickly and hope you feel better soon!
It did take a while for the results to come back, but I'm glad they were smart enough to check D levels. The last doctor did not.
Hmmm I wonder what else we are lacking! I don't like going into the sun... dislike it. Good think I live here! HA!
Might go get that tested... since I probably don't spend a lot of time out (only to hang my washing or do gardening!)

I hope you feel the difference!
Yesterday I felt great! But at the moment I'm shattered. I dislike the sun too.

I should mention that I'm black and I don't absorb as much sunlight as white people or people whose skin is lighter than mine. This is part of the problem.